Picking up where Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (2012) left off, “this legendary tome” sends Tippy back in time again to counteract his earlier mistakes. So now there are two Tippys. Skip back to the now-redeemed present, in which Harold and George opt to save their pterodactyl pet by using the Purple Potty to jet back 65 million years. It’s complicated, but pretty soon there are three Tippys of varying size in pursuit of our two heroes—plus Cap’n U—who invent cave painting (cave comics, to be exact) to galvanize cavemen for an impromptu army. Pilkey is kind enough to reveal what truly killed the dinosaurs, what began the Ice Age, and, oh yeah, how the universe was created. Everything you would expect from an Underpants book is firmly (spastically may be a better word) in place: a giddy, senseless plot; an invigorating antiestablishment streak; and Flip-o-Rama megaviolence. The big surprise: finding out the grim fate that awaits Harold and George in the future. Not as big of a surprise: volume 11 is coming soon. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Really? This is Captain Underpants we’re talking about here. Try a one-million-copy first printing and print, online, and TV ads—the whole shebang. Grades 3-5. --Kraus, Daniel
"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
"Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-THE EDUCATIONAL BOOK AND MEDIA ASSOCIATION
"(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read"
-HEALTHY FAMILY MATTERS
"They'll (parents) appreciate children laughing as they dive in and page through this old-fashioned thing called a book."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book."
-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL2013 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER
Parents' Choice Recommended -
Parents' Choice Foundation
The critics are CRAZY about UNDERPANTS!
"A triumph of irreverence." --NEWSWEEK
"Call Pilkey . . . the savior of the 'reluctant reader.' " --USA TODAY
"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"Subversively hilarious." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted." --The Educational Book and Media Association
"It'll make kids laugh until soda comes out of their noses." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS