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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043908282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439082822
  • ASIN: 0590846280
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-Pilkey packs an amazing amount of humor into what could have been a one-gag novel. Besides turning their principal into a silly superhero, George and Harold play tricks on just about everyone. They pepper pom-poms, put bubble bath in tubas, and fill a football with helium. Pilkey's illustrations are half the fun, and that magical moment when the hypnotized Principal Krupp dons his Captain Underpants uniform and sings "Tra-La-Laaaaaaaa" is priceless. Krupp is a worthy successor to Lamar J. Spurgle, the nemesis of "the Cut-Ups" in James Marshall's great picture books. The "kneel here" sign in front of his desk says it all. Kid Appeal Award: Superheroes are always fascinating to kids. And children of a certain age will laugh at anything that has to do with underpants. Combining the two was a stroke of comic genius.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 2^-4. The title and the cover art, which depicts a toothy, egg-shaped fellow in a red cape and jockey shorts, are designed to keep this chapter book in constant circulation. The story is a superhero spoof: two misbehaving fourth-grade boys, Harold and George, hypnotize their school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, Captain Underpants. The boys have their hands full when the captain escapes and starts chasing bad guys in his underwear. The extra leading and slightly enlarged typeface make for easier reading, but the silliness goes overboard (picture villainous Dr. Diaper staring at a pile of rubber doggy doo), and the many action-packed illustrations rob the plot of some of its zip by commanding more than their share of attention. (The flip book pages seem clever, but they're really just a tease). Still, the humor is on target for some kids in this age group, who will undoubtedly look forward to a planned second adventure--Captain Underpants 2: Attack of the Talking Toilets. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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:

2012 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

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

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

"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

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

My son is in love with this book series.
Dennis Deppen
I thought this would be a good chapter at a time book, but could not stop reading until the end.
James L Drake
I love that these books are really entertaining and funny to read with my son.
Melissa Rodriguez

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this to my 3 sons, ages 4, 6, and 8 and the four of us couldn't stop laughing. It's a wonderfully silly story. Even the flip pages were really well done. (I expected them to be lame.) As soon as the boys heard that there was another adventure of Captain Underpants on the way, I was entreated to get it. Definitely. I bought this book because the title was different and because we've read all of the Dragon books and Hallo-weiner and loved them all. We were NOT disappointed.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
My son has been running around in a cape since *before* he graduated from diapers to (superhero) underpants, so I picked this book based solely upon the title, and the fact that the hero wore a cape.
This book (I now see) is for 9-12 year-old readers. My son is 5. But we read it straight through (all 122 pages!), and we laughed and laughed! The silly antics of George and Harold, and especially the Amazing Captain Underpants (Tra La Laaaaaa!) made me feel like a fourth-grader again. What better comment on a book than it allowed me to hear my 5-year-old giggle?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on July 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
In my dozen years of teaching 2nd grade, there has never been a better book for motivating reluctant boy readers to read than this one. Pilkey's humorous story and illustrations compel the reluctant readers to keep going, and turn the page to see what happens next. The story is delightfully zany and full of humor that is geared for kids. The great thing about Pilkey's writing is that there's also humor geared toward adults that the kids won't have any idea is there!

This is terrific to read-aloud to kids, or to have them read in small-group reading settings.

A winner!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My son is a typical 8 year old boy. Passing gas is the hit of his life. Up with recess! Down with studies! How can you get through to a kid like this? Let alone get him to want to read?
ANSWER: Buy and read THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!!!!! Just with that name and the cover picture alone, I knew he would be interested. But I never expected him to read it COVER TO COVER, BY HIMSELF, THREE TIMES, IN THE FIRST SITTING!!!!
I took this book with me to my son's gymnastics team practice to praise it up and down to the parents of the boys on his team (quite a few were reluctant readers too). Some parents raised an eyebrow, but as the book made the rounds, and even the toughest to please kid shouted, "GET ME THIS BOOK!!" all the parents were convinced.
My son is now an excellent reader who has moved on to great books, but he returns to Captain Underpants regularly, and I still hear him giggling to his friends, "HAVE I GOT A BOOK FOR YOU!!"
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Creech on February 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I laughed aloud at the "Amazing Flip-O_Rama" pages. For those of you who don't know, "Flip-O-Rama" is "the cheesy animation technique that lets you animate the action yourself". Don't forget to add your own sound effects. In fact, you'll be laughing so hard you might have trouble with the sound effects, but who cares! This is THE book if you have kids who aren't really into reading. Everybody who sees it at my work (I work in a library) has to pick it up and look at it--and before they know it, they are laughing out loud. Read the others too (read the fourth one, about Evil Professor Poopypants, and you'll be changing your name!).
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My son thought this book was hilarious, and I think most kids would....so I am hesitant to criticize something that encourages kids to read so much. But the fact is that I don't want my son growing up thinking it's "cool" and "fun" to pull pranks on other people like the main characters in this book do; I also want him to understand that people such as principals do need to be shown basic respect, even if one doesn't particularly like them. So because of that I'm not going to get other books in this series. There are tons of other chapter books that are funny and can encourage my son to love reading.
On the positive side, it's fabulous that the two main characters in this book are very creative, making their own comic books (which will encourage creativity in kids who read these books); and, one friend is black and one is white. Because this inter-racial friendship is presented without ever making an issue of it I think it is a positive friendship model for children.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
My son is in second grade and although the book was hard for him to read, the story kept him interested and he finished it. He has now read the entire series of Captain Underpants, and his teacher has purchased copies for her room. They may be slightly above a second grade reading level, but making a child WANT to read is the first step to a future of reading.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews on March 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This review consists of 2 parts: 1. My son's review (he's 5) and 2. My review (I'm the Mom). The 3 stars represents the average score between us. He gave it 5 and I gave it 1. For the full review of this and other children's books, please visit us at our website.

SON SAYS:

What I liked and disliked about it:
I like the part where they bring Dr. Diaper to the police station and tie him to the pole with underwear on his head and put a sign on him that says "Arrest me!" I think that George and Harold are funny and I would want to be friends with them because then they wouldn't do bad stuff to me because we would be friends. But, I'm nothing like George and Harold. I like the part where they jump on the robots to kill them even more. I think that Mr. Krupp is funny when he's hypnotized but he's like a villain when he's not hypnotized. I like him better when he's Captain Underpants. I think Dr. Diaper is funny and a villain because he actually is a villain. He's very mean because he wants to take over the world by using a machine to try to make meteroids fall on people that are good.

I didn't like the pictures of Captain Underpants in the comic book because they didn't look like anything and it didn't look real - like he actually looks.

My bottom line:
I loved this book because it was very funny. I think that boys my age and older would like this book and I would really like to read more Captain Underpants books.

MOM SAYS:

What I liked and disliked about it:
Let me begin by saying that while my daughter listened in when I read this book to my son, she flatly refused to review this book. We'll call that a 0 star rating from her!
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