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Captain Underpants And The Preposterous Plight Of The Purple Potty People Paperback – August 15, 2006

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Book 8 of 11 in the Captain Underpants Series

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Book Description:
When we last saw George and Harold, they were about to take their pet pterodactyl Crackers back to the Cretaceous period. But things didn't work out quite as they had hoped. They've entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice, kids are allowed to read banned books, and the cafeteria food doesn't smell like dirty diapers. Even worse, they've discovered alternate versions of themselves--Evil George and Evil Harold--who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua, Ohio. Now it's up to George and Harold to defeat the evil twins and THEIR superhero, Captain Blunderpants!


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Grade 2-5–In their eighth epic adventure, George and Harold use the Purple Potty to travel to an alternate universe where teachers care, the library has books, and kids eat at a five-star gourmet cafeteria. Unfortunately they also encounter Evil George and Evil Harold, who transform good Mr. Krupp into Captain Blunderpants. The evil duo also steal the boys' pets, Crackers and Sulu, and hitch a ride back to George and Harold's world. They might destroy that world with Evil Sulu, the world's biggest baddest bionic hamster, but are thwarted by the arthritic avengers Boxer Boy and Great-Granny Girdle and their geezer power. Part novel, part comic book, and part Flip-o-rama™ (add your own sound effects), this newest adventure will not disappoint the legions of Captain Underpants fans. The cartoon pictures almost tell the story, making it a boon for struggling readers. Maybe kids, like Pilkey, will be inspired to write their own comics, invent their own superheroes, poke fun at the absurdities they see, and not worry about a few (in Pilkey's case, deliberately) misspelled words. Libraries with the previous books will want to add this one.–Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 850L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439376149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439376143
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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By Rick Goff on August 17, 2006
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Since reviewers need to be over 13, I'll type my 6-year-old son's comments. Henry says: I found it very funny. I thought it was hilarious. The Flip-o-ramas were good and the whole book was awesome. I've read all of the CU books, as well as the Ricky Ricotta books up to book 7, and I would say this one isn't the best, but it's awfully good. It was funny when Boxer Boy and Great Granny Girdle kissed.
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WHOA.

Parents: If you let your kid read "Captain Underpants" have you ever checked it over? We flipped through one of Londyn's today and have decided to ban the books as it's version of humor is unacceptable for that age range. They say they're for kids in grades 2-4, but here are 2 quotes from this book:

"It's the same way with potty training: must adults spend the first few years of a child's life cheerfully discussing pee and pooopies and how important is is to learn to put your pee-pee and poo-poo in the potty like big people do but once children have mastered the art of toilet training, they are immediately forbidden to ever talk about poop, pee, toilets, and other bathroom-related subjects again. Such things are suddenly considered rude and vulgar, and are no longer rewarded with praise and cookies and juice boxes.

One day you're a superstar because you pooped in the toilet like a big boy, and the next day you're sitting in the principal's office because you said the word "poopy" in American history class (which, if you ask me, is the perfect place to say that word).
You're probably wondering "why would adults do that? Why would they encourage something one day, and discourage it the next?
The only answer I can think of is that adults are totally bonkers and should probably be avoided at all times.
Perhaps you'll be lucky and find a small handful of grown-ups whom you can trust, but I'm sure we ca all agree that you really have to keep an eye on must adults, most of the time."
And another:
"Back in the olden days, incredibly graphic violence was believed to be harmful, dangerous, and even immoral... But now it's fun for the whole family, thanks to the science of flip-o-rama!"

I'm not generally one for banning books entirely - she can read these later. Like when she's an adult. But I'm pretty confident this level of 'humor' should NOT be for kids.
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My son loved the book. He is 7 and I downloaded the book and he had it read by the end of the day. He is a very good reader, so I don't know if most 7 year olds would read it that quickly, but he loved it. Normally I would not give such a high rating to a book that he read so quickly, but the series keeps him reading, so that, by itself, deserves 5 stars!
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My son loves this series of books! He thinks they are hysterical. The name initially threw me off but after reading a few pages I can see that the name is just part of the fun. These books help keep reading from being boring and I love seeing my 8 year old reading a book instead of playing with his Xbox.
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My 8-year-old loved it. Funny without being unkind. Laugh with, not at. Sure, there are some pranks, but essentially harmless. Also my 17-year-old loved it, and yes, my 42-year-old wife loved it. And I got a great deal of entertainment, also. Buy it and have fun!!
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My kids are fighting over who gets to read the book next. And of course, I have to wait until all three of my kids are finished before I can read it. But the son who read it says it's great.
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We love all the Day Pilkey Captain Underpants books, Super Diaper Baby, too. We have all the books in hardcover, and the odd thing is that books 5 and 8 while hardcover are from a different publisher, NOT Scholastic, but something called Paw Print, or some such. The dimensions of the book are smaller and the paper is newsprint instead of the nice glossy paper found in the Scholastic. I would love to have the complete Scholastic set. Wondering if anyone else had this experience? As for the books themselves: creative, inventive, lyrical, Pilkey truly is a master. Some folks may not like some of the language, I certainly don't enjoy saying "idiot" or "dumb". I understand it is part of the lexicon of young children, however I simply change the words to " silly" or leave them out altogether. Beyond that, I think they are marvelous. I am reading them to a 4 year old, not quite reading yet.
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My 9 year old son hates to read! We fight and fight. This series has him talking animatedly about the events in the books and sitting on the couch reading when he doesn't have to! Thank you, thank you!
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