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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439049989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439049986
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In the fourth "epic novel" by the wildly popular Dav Pilkey, young troublemakers George and Harold are back with Mr. Krupp, the Jerome Horowitz Elementary principal they previously transformed into the superhero Captain Underpants with their 3-D hypno ring. This comic adventure begins in New Swissland, where everyone has a silly name. ("Just ask their president, the Honorable Chuckles Jingleberry McMonkeyburger Jr. or his lovely wife, Stinky.") New Swissland, just southeast of Greenland, is the home of the inventor of the Shrinky-Pig 2000 and the Goosy-Grow 4000--Professor Pippy P. Poopypants. When the professor decides to pitch his inventions in the United States, he is laughed out of every institution of higher learning because of his unusual name. Frustrated, he decides to become an elementary school science teacher where the innocent children will, he assumes, be accepting and loving.

This is where his world collides with George and Harold's, who are not accepting of his funny name, but instead explode with laughter and promptly craft a new comic book called "Captain Underpants and the Pied Pooper of Piqua." This hilarious book will crack Pilkey fans up with tiny toilets of truth, evil gerbils, and even Cher's greatest hits. (The children--not notoriously good spellers--note: "All animal cruelty was simulated. No actual girbles were forsed to listen to Cher.") And what becomes of Professor Poopypants? He gets even, devising a method to convert all names into silly names. He creates a chart in which everyone has to use letters from their own first and last names to create a madcap moniker. In the end, George and Harold learn that it's not nice to make fun of people: "'Wow,' said Harold. 'I think this is the first time one of our stories ever had a moral!' 'Probably the last time, too,' said George. 'Let's hope so,' said Harold." --Flunky Pizza Chunks (Ages 8 to 12)

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-Pilkey again features the absurd faculty members of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School and introduces a new science teacher when troublemakers George and Harold drive Mr. Fyde into retirement. Professor Pippy P. Poopypants is a great, but frustrated scientist whom no one takes seriously because of his name. He is certain that the "sweet, innocent" children won't laugh at his unusual appellation. Needless to say, they do, and in so doing, incur a wrath that only Captain Underpants can tame. With its bathroom humor, madcap pranks, gross adventures, mini-comic strips, and flip-book pages, this rollicking laugh-out-loud cartoon story is certain to be a hit, especially with reluctant readers.
Sharon McNeil, Los Angeles County Office of Education
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-The Educational Book & Media Association

PRAISE FOR CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS:

"Pilkey's sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers." PARENTS' CHOICE FOUNDATION

"Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action" - BOOKLIST

"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read" - HEALTHY FAMILY MATTERS

"Call Pilkey . . . the savior of the 'reluctant reader.' " --USA TODAY

2012 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

Dav Pilkey is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Check out his award-winning website at www.Pilkey.com

Customer Reviews

I really liked this book because it was very funny.
S VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS
It's a special book that can make me lose control and just laugh out loud.
Michael J. Mazza
He is 7 years old and loves reading all kinds of books.
Crystal Porter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A fan of the Captain on February 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Captain Underpants is so hilarious that my husband, my daughter and myself all sit down and read the books together. They are great books for a family laugh! We couldn't wait for the fourth book and read it immediately when it became available. Professor Poopypants is our favorite ... so far! We are so enamored of these little gems that we have invested in the hardback versions in order to add them to our permanent library of favorites!
If your child is a reluctant reader, this series will unlock the door and open to them the magical world of reading.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am six years old. I liked it because it's funny and George and Harold are 2 kids and at the beginning they're always changing this sign! The sign one time said "Pick your own roses," and George and Harold turned it to "Pick our noses!" There's something called flip-o-rama, which makes it look like a cartoon! You see, Captain Underpants in the book, he's usually a teacher, but if he snaps his finger he turns into Captain Underpants. He only wears underpants and a red curtain with black spots! I think you will like it. That's all for now, folks!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book with a touch of bathroom humor but just enough to make it funny. Check out all the rest too. These are great books to give to children for any occaision.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
If possible this one is even sillier than the rest! I bought this series for my 7 year old daughter (who enjoys them) but my 2 1/2 year old son adores them! He runs around in his underwear and a red blanket shouting that he is "Captain Underpants". If you love to laugh aloud as you read to your children this is the series for you. For all grownups who were disciplinary challenges in school (and for all that secretly wanted to be) these books will bring back memories of what it was like to be in 4th grade. Get them all and enjoy!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jean paschen on September 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
My daughter and I love the Captain Underpants series, but Professor P.P. Poopypants is the funniest character yet! He keeps us howling with laughter! The names of the characters are funny enough, but the kids in the book are much smarter than the adults, sure to win the hearts of the young set. Maybe not great literature, but these books find my reluctant reader with her nose in a book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Marshall on March 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have a 7 year old who is a classic "reluctant reader" but who *begs* (along with his 5 year old brother) to read all 4 Captain Underpants books. An added benefit is the sheer joy of hearing your children belly-laugh over the silly antics of Harold and George :).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Forever Learning on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Picture this!, three 7 to 9 nine year old boys reading with a flash light and just roaring! Its a sleep over favorite now. My son is waiting axiously for #5 -- Come on Dave!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
My two young boys LOVE the Captain Underpants series! These are the first chapter books that they have ever read, and my older son (who is dyslexic and to whom reading is a chore of the greatest magnitude) will never hesitate to pick up one of the Captain Underpants books and read it all the way through. Dav Pilkey really knows how to appeal to boys - the Ricky Ricotta book of his is great also, and we can't wait for the second one!
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