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Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe Hardcover – April 26, 2000

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From Publishers Weekly

A glance at the title and the comic-book lettering on the jacket will almost inevitably recall Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants books; moreover, like that series' heroes, Whatley and Smith's (Whatley's Quest) protagonist is obsessed with alien invaders. Told in comic-book format, the story is narrated by Brian, a superhero wannabe who hears strange sounds late one night and is convinced that aliens are afoot. He dons a red cape and matching eye mask, plus his "utility belt," then wakes up his older sister, Jessie ("I, Captain Pajamas, Defender of the Universe, have come to save you!" he tells her). They tiptoe through the house and find what appear to be logical causes for the various noises. Jessie grows increasingly irritated and finally orders the still-suspicious Brian back to bed. Predictably (at least for presiding adults), the story ends with a view of a three-eyed green creature happily munching pizza in Jessie's bed. The text is dryly humorous ("Even we Defenders of the Universe have to be patient sometimes"), and there are numerous clever visual images, including the "Captain Pajama Remote-Control, Techno-Robotic Alien Communicator" (made from a box of cornflakes, a broom, a xylophone, etc.). An amusing outing. Ages 3-8. (May)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-An alien, a superhero, an older sister, and plenty of sound effects come together, along with a trusty, drooling dog, to create a winning picture book with lots of kid appeal. One night when he hears strange noises, Brian turns into Captain Pajamas, Defender of the Universe, complete with mask and cape, and attempts to save his sister. Jessie, however, simply wants to go back to bed, and as they explore the source of the sounds together, it appears that it is his dog, Shadow, causing the ruckus. Despite the flashing light on his "Remote-Control, Techno-Robotic, Alien Communicator," Brian eventually abandons his quest and goes back to bed. Children will delight in the surprise ending on the last page when a pizza-munching, TV-watching, green alien is shown lying happily beside Jessie in bed. Told in a moment-by-moment, first-person narrative and illustrated with bright, action-packed, humorous drawings resembling enlarged comic-book frames, this book will be hard to keep on the shelf. As in any good comic, the pictures carry the story, but the text is strategically placed so that together they make a satisfying package. A good read-aloud that would also work well with older reluctant readers.
Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060266139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060266134
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The suspense and surprise ending along with the comically and brightly done pictures are enjoyable for the parent/adult as well as for the child!! If you have ever worn a towel or some kind of cape around your neck and played superhero - you will relive those days and enjoy this read thoroughly!! Great for storytime! The sounds depicted in the story and the techno-robotic-communicator had us entralled. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Bilyeu on February 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by the Children's Storyteller at our Public Library. It is so much fun, and the dialogue sounds just like my children at home! The artist has drawn characters that fit the story so well, it is a great book for storytime or anytime! We all really enjoyed this one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bea Levy on December 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My son brought this home from his school library, announcing that all of the others kids wanted the book, too. No wonder. The illustrations are engaging, reminiscent at times of Maurice Sendak's "In the Night Kitchen". The story line is funny, with lots of great little twists in the plot. It was terrific listening to my son read this aloud, with much expression in his voice to match the action in the book. The laugh-aloud ending draws the whole thing to a perfect close. Great little book!
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Format: Hardcover
I am now on my second copy of this book as it has become a book that my children beg me to read every few nights. If your one of those types as I am that like to get into the story and use fun voices then this is the book for you. And like me you will be sticking out your chest and saying in your super hero voice "I'm Captain Pajamas Defender of the Universe" while the kids are saying whirl, whirl, punk over and over again.
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