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Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; Collectors edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545073022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545073028
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #715,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Hooray for Captain Underpants! Everybody's favorite waistband warrior is back, ready to fight for Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony. If you've read Dav Pilkey's first two comic epics, The Adventures of Captain Underpants and Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets, you already know the brave Captain is really just crabby old Principal Krupp, hypnotized into becoming the world's greatest superhero every time someone snaps their fingers. And of course you know the trouble-making hypnotists are none other than Jerome Horwitz Elementary School's two most notorious tricksters, George and Harold ("We rule!" "Me, too!").

Well, George and Harold--surprise, surprise--are at it again. The cranky lunch ladies quit after George and Harold fool them into baking super-volcanic krispy kupcakes that flood the school with gigantic green globs o' goo. Mr. Krupp finds replacements and fast, but he unwittingly hires the tentacled alien trio of Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer in disguise! Will they turn everyone in school into evil zombie nerds? Can George and Harold save the world before it's too late? All seems lost until the diabolical Zorx snaps his... um, tentacles in front of Mr. Krupp, and the power of wedgies comes to the rescue once again.

Captain Underpants's third outing is better than ever, with patented Flip-o-Rama animation and wacky bonus comics like "Captain Underpants--Wedgie Wars" and "Captain Underpants and the Night of the Living Lunch Ladies." (Ages 8 to 12) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Fourth-grade cut-ups Harold and George and their principal-turned-superhero are as funny as ever in Pilkey's third Captain Underpants caper. (For those in the dark, the superhero in question is an underwear-clad, toilet-paper-toting crusader for "Truth, Justice, and ALL that is Preshrunk and Cottony"). As in the earlier installments, this zany tale adopts a variety of formats, including sprightly illustrated text; reproductions of the two boys' homemade comic books; and "flip-o-rama" pages that replicate "world-famous cheesy animation technique." Captain Underpants and his errant students here go up against a trio of aliens posing as lunch ladies. Suddenly students begin turning into "zombie nerds": "Look," says George, "They're all wearing broken eyeglasses held together with masking tape... and they've got vinyl pocket protectors!!!" It's all part of the aliens' quest to take over the world: "It won't be long now," says the evil Klax. "Tomorrow we'll feed them Super Evil Rapid-Growth Juice! Then they will grow to the size of Zleqxisfp trees." Those with a limited tolerance for the silly need not apply to the Captain Underpants fan club, yet its legion members will plunge happily into his latest bumbling adventure. Ages 7-10. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

So I started reading it then I was laughing hard!
The Professional
I think that there should be more funny books for children.
T. Reinhardt
He is 7 years old and loves reading all kinds of books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael on November 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This comic is totally hillarious, but make sure to buy it before big brother says you can't! Check out the following:
'Captain Underpants' lives to see another day ORFORDVILLE, Wis. - Dav Pilkey's book, Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds), came under scrutiny after a student's parents asked that it be reviewed. The story's main characters ridicule and disobey their school principal, bury some dead lunch ladies by the school and write comic books riddled with misspellings, among other things. The Parkview School District committee voted 5-0 to keep the book in the school's library. The district's curriculum director said children probably would be best served if someone read or discussed the book with them to point out misspellings and intolerance issues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Professional on October 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
The first time my son, Edward, brought home the first novel, I thought "oh no, another book I will have to hide" because I thought the content would be inappropriate. But he was laughing so hard that I got curious. So I started reading it then I was laughing hard! In fact, so hard that I woke up everyone else in the house because I was sneaking and reading it at night! When I saw what this book did for my son's interest in reading, I couldn't wait for the sequel. In fact, I bought this and the third novel last night after a parent-teacher's conference. So Edward has allowed me to read this one while he reads the other. This book is just as hilarious as the first. This is definitely the way to get kids reading.
I say hooray for Dav Pilkey and thank him for being a boost to my son's interest in reading! Reading is only fun when you enjoy the content and I definitely enjoy having Dav's books for my son and myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Reinhardt on March 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think that there should be more funny books for children. Children like to laugh just as much, if not more, than adults. And laugh he does! The other thing I like about these books is that he enjoys them so much that he was able to make a transition into "chapter" books painlessly...Which prior to that he found intimidating A+ for captain underpants!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on November 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space" is a further installment in this clever series of books by Dav Pilkey. Captain U is a spoofish superhero character not unlike the Tick or the Powerpuff Girls. Pilkey combines subversive humor with engaging cartoony illustrations.
Captain U's true identity is that of an elementary school principal. But after being hypnotized by unruly fourth graders George and Harold, he acquires his superhero persona. Captain Underpants is probably the silliest spoof superhero yet; he runs around wearing no more than his underpants (hence the name) and a cape. In this installment, the good captain faces a trio of devious extraterrestrial fiends.
Much like the popular TV show "The Simpsons," this book mercilessly satirizes school and authority figures. Pilkey includes many clever touches, such as the incorporation of comic books allegedly written by George and Harold, as well as a "Flip-o-Rama" gimmick by which the reader can manually animate key action sequences. Overall, a lot of fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (and the Subsequent Asault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds
By
Dav Pilkey
This book is about three aliens who try to take over the world. The aliens are Zort, Klax, and Jennifer. The aliens pretend that they are lunch ladies. They go to work in the cafeteria of a small, Midwestern elementary school. These new lunch ladies begin serving strange things to the kids in the school and the new food begins to make the kids look and act strange.
George and Harold who are students at the school, notice that something weird is going on and they decide to investigate. They begin spying on the lunch ladies and they suspect that they are aliens. The tell their principal about what they think is going on, but he doesn�t believe them. They take him to investigate. When they get to the cafeteria the lunch ladies grab Harold. He tries to get away, and he ends up pulling off the lunch ladies� gloves. They all see the ladies have tentacles not hands. Accidentally, one of the lunch ladies snaps her tentacles that made the principal turn into Captain Underpants. The rest of the story is about how Captain Underpants battles the evil aliens.
I think the author wrote the book because he has a crazy imagination and he wanted to share it with others. He also wanted to have his readers use their imaginations and be entertained. This book makes you laugh.
I liked the book because it was very funny. The events were exciting, too. The author was really good at giving a lot of descriptions. I could see, in my head, what was happening. I thought Dav Pilkey did an especially good job at describing the villains.
I would recommend this book for others to read. I�m sure anyone would have a good time reading it. I think this would be a good book for kids who are in second or third grade.
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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:

"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

"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

2012 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

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

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