From School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This installment in the dependably goofy series picks up with George and Harold, who have been wrongfully accused of crimes committed by their evil twins, now in juvie. However, they soon travel back in time to kindergarten, courtesy of the troublemaking Tippy Tinkletrousers. Their biggest issue now is that they are stuck as kindergarteners and they don't have Captain Underpants to save them from Kipper Krupp, the sixth-grade bully. Will they be able to beat him on their own? Pilkey holds true to the formula his readers love, with clever cartoons throughout the book and plenty of humor. In spite of the fact that this is a very silly book, Pilkey does also manage to include some anti-bullying messages. It's sure to be a hit with beginning chapter-book readers, particularly fans of the series.-Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action"
"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 Journal
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
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY – JULY 13, 2012
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
Dav Pilkey. Scholastic, $9.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-545-17534-0
A toast of “non-alckaholick wine” to the ninth Captain Underpants novel—and to Dav Pilkey’s refusal to coast. In fact, the title is something of a red herring since the true centerpiece of this installment is a lengthy flashback to “exactly five years, eleven days, fourteen hours, and six minutes ago,” when mopey kindergartner Harold Hutchins first met precocious George Beard, who sports an awesome Afro instead of his usual flattop.
The boys face a nasty nemesis in the form of Kipper Krupp, the bullying sixth-grade nephew of Principal Krupp, but since Principal Krupp is years away from becoming the world’s greatest superhero, it’s up to the boys to defeat Kipper on their own. Their intricate and ingenious plan incorporates (and this is a short list) locker sabotage, fear of the paranormal, cheerleaders, pizza deliveries, a huge pair of pants, and the creation of the seminal comic “The Advenchers of Dogman.” Pilkey dials back the toilet humor considerably, but plenty of naughtiness is still afoot (there’s an extended riff on the hilarity of turning a “Brake Inspection” sign into “Bra Inspection”), and egregious misspellings abound. Supa! Ages 7–up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/13/2012
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