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Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets Paperback – February 1, 1999

4.7 out of 5 stars 200 customer reviews
Book 2 of 11 in the Captain Underpants Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this worthy sequel to The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Pilkey maintains the original's satiric, self-referential formula as he revisits fourth-grade pranksters Harold and George, along with their school principal and principle nemesis, Mr. Krupp (aka superhero Captain Underpants). Trouble begins when Harold and George sabotage a science fair and are punished with "The Invention Convention Detention." Bored, the boys collaborate on a comic book about Talking Toilets. To their surprise, the Toilets come to life and Mr. Krupp's alter ego is called into service. Worst of all, even the brave Captain Underpants may be no match for the Toilets' leader, "nearly a ton of twisting steel and raging porcelain" known as the TT 2000. Pilkey illustrates in uncomplicated black-and-white line drawings with washes of gray, and offers "Flip-O-RamaTM," which requires turning a page back and forth for low-low-budget animation ("Don't forget to add your own sound-effects!"). He promises "extremely graphic violence" in scenes of "a giant toilet getting its shiny hiney kicked," ridicules teachers named "Ms. Ribble" and "Miss Anthrope" and decides that the story just wouldn't be complete without "upchucking." Bart Simpson could learn a few things from the subversively hilarious Harold and George, who consider inventing a robot urinal ("The Urinator"), then decide, "They'll never let us get away with that in a children's book. We're skating on thin ice as it is!" Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6This epic novel opens with an introductory cartoon strip that tells the top-secret truth about how two kids, George and Harold, used the 3-D Hypno-Ring to hypnotize their principal, who now becomes Captain Underpants whenever he hears fingers snaping. In this second adventure, the boys are banned from attending the annual Invention Convention and sent to detention to keep them out of trouble. This, of course, is impossible, so they sneak into the school that evening and tamper with all of the inventions to wreak havoc. They also make copies of their newest comic strip of vicious attack toilets and the daddy monster of them allTurbo Toilet 2000. The copy machine is an invention that duplicates into live matter all images it copies and the attack toilets come to life. The wild story actually comes to a logical conclusion, but it really doesnt matter. The fun is in the reading, which is full of puns, rhymes, and nonsense along with enough revenge and wish fulfillment for every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book. The cartoon drawings and the amazing flip-o-rama pages make this book so appealing that youngsters wont notice that their vocabulary is stretching. Hooray for Captain Underpants! Watch him fly off your shelves.Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; First edition, first printing (full number line) edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590634275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590634274
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 7-year-old son and I read this together and laughed all the way through. Dav Pilkey uses his goofy imagination to write a very entertaining book for all ages. The best part is when the boys rearrange the letters on the sign to say something utterly silly (they do this in every book). George and Harold's ideas seem fairly innocent at first but cause dilemmas that even Captain Underpants can't resolve. Instead of panicking, George and Harold come up with zany ideas that actually work and save the day, plus more! This book will get any reluctant reader begging for the next Captain Underpants adventure. Keep 'em coming, Dav!
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I read some of the other reviews and one stated that this was not a book for adults - true, it's not one I would have purchased solely for my own enjoyment - but enjoy it I did. My 7 year old son and I bought the book at the book fair and this is our second go round with it as a bed time book. We enjoy it as much or more each time we read it together. My 4 year old daughter can't wait to get her own Capt Underpants book. Thank you Mr. Pilkey for a book the whole family can read together - I am waiting impatiently for the next Capt Underpants adventure, I may even let the kids read it when I'm done...stay tuned................
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By A Customer on October 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
I like the book because it was very funny and full of action. I think that it's a really good book for kids so they can laugh. The funniest part for me was when a toilet ate Captain Underpants and the kids made a new drawing so they could help Captain Underpants. But I really recommend this book to kids who like to laugh a lot.
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By Amazon Customer on September 30, 2012
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I first heard of these books while listening to NPR radio in 2003, in an interview with the author, it was quite interesting. If you put NPR radio and Captain Underpants in your computers browser you should find it too.

I read the book before sending it to my seven year old grandson, he loves to read and I know he will love this book. I also bought.

Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets, the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space, The Big, Bad Battle of the Bonic Booger Boy Part 1, the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boyo Part 2/ 4 Books

They are quite easy to read, and so funny, kids won't want to put them down until they have finished reading them.

Some reviewers were concerned about misspelled words, which show up at the beginning of the books, where the first few pages explain the basics of each of the books in this series, with comic like drawings. The words are misspelled on purpose, to add to the naivity, of two boys, who love to be mischievous. There are other places in the books, with the misspelled words, but the main part of the book is spelled correctly.

The book has childlike illustrations throughout the book, and pages you flip with your fingers, which is meant to give the appearance of animation.

I can't wait to buy more of these books to send to my grandson.
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My eight-year-old loves this book, and I think it's hilarious myself. If fighting vicious toilets using underwear and cafeteria food sounds funny to you, you'll love this book.

This book does teach a certain amount of contempt for adults and suspicion of cafeteria food to children. In that sense maybe it's emblematic of our society. I have found it necessary to sit down with my son and explain that all of this is FICTION, and has nothing to do with the real world. Did that have any effect? I don't know. I suppose it's worth it to have him reading.
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In bed,I was enjoying this book so much I just couldn't stop reading,I read for a whole hour! In this book there is a mean princable and two boys named George and Harold.The two boys are about nine years old.They write a comic and the comic comes true,can Captain Underpants save the day?
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Started buying this series for my husband to read to our toddler on his nights to read! My husband was griping that he only had a few books that he would read to our son because of his own preference so we got a captain underpants and haven't looked back! My husband enjoys reading these to our 3 year old son and our son loves daddy's enthusiasm, voices and excitement reading them! Wonderful buy for any dad's looking for books they enjoy reading as well!
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Three stars because as a mom, I am trying to get my young son to steer away from constant talk about potty issues. But from an educational standpoint...this book is the first one he has begged to read and asked to please let him read more!! So for engaging a reader I believe the silliness and comic type story is exactly what young boys will enjoy reading. I remember my oldest son loved reading these books too.
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