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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.
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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.See all Editorial Reviews
My 8 year old and 5 year old could not put this book down. The 8 year old had to read it to the five year old, but they both laughed and laughed. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Gretta
Great book. My son loved it he read this faster then any other book before. I would recommend it to anyonePublished 20 days ago by Jackelinne85
my son loves this book. 7yo. he loves to read. i find it a little bit obnoxious, and i explain that to him... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LA RUBIA
I loved it but it could have longer chapters. It was super funny. I would give it a 4 star rating and more characters too and give captain underpants a good sidekick .Published 1 month ago by Charlie
I loved this book as a child and my nephews love it now. I bought it for them as an attempt to foster a love for books (they're active twins that spend most of their time outdoors)... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Will
The book was great and I will start buying some of my stuff on Amazon from now on. Thank youPublished 1 month ago by Miriam Colon
This is a great beginning to a fantastic series! While that might be the nine year old me talking, I still wanna say it's a fun and silly read if you have some extra time.Published 2 months ago by Kevin Solórzano
I liked it or I liked it so much thanks. I like when he had a accident in his diaper.Published 2 months ago by JH