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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press (March 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439267617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439267618
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 3 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Comics! Puzzles! Jokes! Laffs! Flip-O-Rama! Stickers! Sound too good to be true? Captain Underpants (The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel, Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants, etc.) is all about making readers happy, especially in this "really cheesy" (hey, the captain said it, not me) activity book starring everyone's favorite wedgie-powered superhero and his fourth-grade creators, George and Harold. Learn how to write your very own comic book, solve word-find puzzles, find your way out of Doctor Diaper's Devastating Diaper of Doom maze, pick up a few prank tips, make flip-o-rama pictures, complete the Cafeteria Ladies' Crazy Crossword, read all about Hairy Potty, the evil nuclear waste-enhanced toilet with werewolf fangs, and so much more. The exquisitely juvenile humor and (intentionally) unsophisticated artwork will have even reluctant readers clamoring for more from the very talented and irreverent Dav Pilkey. Pass the final exam and you can send away for your P.H.D. (Pilkey Honorary Diploma), make-it-yourself graduation cap with real artificial tassels, and a membership card. All three Terrifying Name Change-O-Charts 2000 are included, as well as a sheet of full-color stickers featuring Turbo Toilet, jockey-clad Captain Underpants, and the snickering troublemakers, George and Harold. (Ages 7 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

From the Author

NOTES (from Pilkey.com):

"Soon after Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants came out, my publisher asked me to make another book. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to create a new epic novel, so I suggested an activity book.

We were on a very tight deadline, and there was not enough time for me to make a dummy for the book. So my publisher did not know what they were going to be publishing until they saw the finished art.

The day before my deadline, I mailed in all the art for the book, which included a 33-page comic book called "Hairy Potty and the Underwear of Justice".

My publisher's legal team was not happy that I was poking fun at one of the biggest series of books ever written, so they asked me to make significant changes to my comic.

I said, "no".

Then they insisted.

I said "no".

Then they demanded!

I said "no".

Finally, they said, "if you don't make these changes, we won't publish your book!"

I said "fine by me". Then I wished them all a happy "Banned Books Week", and unplugged my phone for a month.

In the end, my comic book was published exactly the way I wrote it, with no changes.

Sometimes you just have to hold your ground."-- Dav Pilkey

 
 
Fun Facts:

1. It's quite common for artists to "butt heads" with their publishers. Fortunately for Dav, the good people at Scholastic, Inc. have been incredibly kind and supportive throughout the years, and experiences like the one mentioned above (which really DID happen during Banned Books Week in 2000) are very few and far between.


2. You can celebrate free speech by reading a banned book! Ask your parents to help you pick out something juicy! Read it together... talk about it... it's fun! Find out more by visiting this website: ala.org/bbooks/.


3. Looking for some great banned books? I recommend The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Stupids (the series) by Harry Allard and James Marshall. Aah, the classics!


4. In 2013, the #1 most challenged book series (according to the American Library Association) was: Captain Underpants (for offensive language, and being unsuited for the age group).


5. Although some people complain about the "offensive language" in the Captain Underpants books, the series doesn't contain any profanity. Not ONE swear word! Seriously. The closest thing to an actual swear word is the word "darn" (or "darned"). Admittedly, these two words are used quite frequently throughout the series.


6. Even librarians are unsure what the "unsuited for age group" complaint is all about. The only thing that might be considered too advanced for the age group is the vocabulary, which is often much higher than what is typically found in books for ages 7 to 10.


7. Although the title clearly says "Extra-Crunchy", this book does not stay very crisp in milk.

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:

2013 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER -Parents' Choice Foundation

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

"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 eight year old son loved it.
Dadof3
Just be warned, it might keep kids up half the night laughing if they read it for their bedtime story time.
KnitKnut
He cant wait for the next book!!!
K. P. Thomas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By KnitKnut on February 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you have kids that have enjoyed reading the 4 Captain Underpants books before, they will surely love the gags in this book. Although it's not an epic tale like the previous chapter books, it is full of the typical "potty humor" that is classic Pilkey. Some of the jokes are a bit over the top (or should I say "in the sewer"?), but if you don't mind that, your kids will surely have fun doing all the activies, especially the mad-lib fill-in-the-blanks story. Just be warned, it might keep kids up half the night laughing if they read it for their bedtime story time. Or worse, they might need to change their pajamas if they laugh as hard as mine did!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "thehartmans" on February 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
If your child loves Captain Underpants, this is more of the nonsense that made Captain Underpants so much fun for kids! Lots of activities and the same Dav Pilkey humor! A fun book for the car or a snowy afternoon inside!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chiedu Ufoegbune on June 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is great, including that it has ideas to make a comic book, ideas to make FLIP-O-RAMA, and a whole new Captain Underpants Comic Book "Hairy Potty." This is A++++ Material.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Schneider on December 4, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son loves the books, so when we bought this one, we thought it would be a real winner. We were, unfortunately, wrong. The problem is that it is an activity book whose pages unbind and drop out too easily, and it is not a good size for laying down and writing in or drawing in. Because it is the same size and binding type as the "reading" books, it just doesn't lend itself to being an "activity book".
Content is fine and right in line with the other books. I just think the execution is lacking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By GMa on October 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
Ever on a quest to discover delicious books that would tempt my struggling and most reluctant readers, I decided to get past the title and those "tightie whities" on the cover. So as the school year began, I finally gave Captain Underpants a try. I purchased several copies of Dav Pilkey's Epic Novels & casually added them to the "buffet table." Most of the seven to eleven year olds in my special ed class shy away from "challenging chapter books." So for them, the Extra Crunchy Book O' Fun works on many levels. It makes Captain Underpants accessable to all my students, and meets the diverse needs and interests of each one. It has all kinds of reading & all kinds of learning for all kinds of kids.
Mine all learn differently, most have attention-deficit disorder & many would rather draw than read any day of the year. A quote from this book is now the theme of an interactive bulletin board,
"...be prepared to suffer for your art." It's been so motivating that now I've bought each student his/her own personal copy of The CU Extra-Crunchy Book O' Fun. They'll be great holiday gifts.
I began reading the first epic novel aloud during shared reading and students started sitting still, listening attentively, for longer and longer stretches each day. AMAZING!! Dav Pilkey is a genius! Harold and George and Captain Underpants have brought us through some of the darkest days in our lifetime. Laughter truly does heal. Dav's books are now flying off the "buffet table." We have added so many more, including the deliciously cheesy Giant Robot series of easier chapter books. Our inquiry-based literacy projects have been enriched by Dav's web site(davpilkey.com).
How students wish "WEDGIE POWER" would work on the terrorists! If they reissue Dav's first book, World War Won, we may find out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zedada on September 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really liked the Crunchy Book of Fun. My favourite thing about it was the Professor Poopy Pants word search. My father helped me with that and I did some on my own. I like it so much that my mom and dad are geting me the second Extra-Cruncy Book of Fun. It is my favourite Captain Underpants book and I like all of them so far (I have read the first 6).

Jacob, age 5 and a half (and almost 3/4)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Crowe on March 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
My 8 yr old is usually glued into one of these books, I have read them and I guess you really have to be young to get into them, they are truly silly to the point of no return.
But, hey, as long as they are reading! She gobbles every Captain Underpants book she gets her hands on and the charter school she attends hands them out for reading so many books per term.
Good reading for kids!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Gayhart on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
My son has enjoyed listening to Dav Pilkey books for years. We would read them to him as an infant, toddler and now he loves to read them himself. He has read the books Dav Pilkey wrote for school age children, all of them. The "Book O' Fun" books, he really has appreciated the activities included in the fun pack books, based on "The Captain Underpants Series." He is especially fond of the step by step examples given for drawing the different characters. We would recommend any of Dav Pilkey books. Your child can grow with the wide range of creative books Dav Pilkey has published. I suggest parents browse Dav Pilkey's various book collection and maybe even give him a try.
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