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The New Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-5) Paperback – Box set, August 1, 2002

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"Faster than a speeding waistband... more powerful than boxer shorts..." It's Captain Underpants! Young readers will devour this fancy new boxed set of the first five paperbacks in the side-splitting, potty-humored (literally) Captain Underpants series. These books are award-winning--but really, who cares about awards when you're reading about talking toilets and the perilous plot of Professor Poopypants? The "epic" collection includes The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets, Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space, Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants, and Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman. (Ages 5 to 12)

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"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

"Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-THE EDUCATIONAL BOOK AND MEDIA ASSOCIATION

"(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read"
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"They'll (parents) appreciate children laughing as they dive in and page through this old-fashioned thing called a book."
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"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Captain Underpants
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; Box Rep edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439417848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439417846
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What can I say about Captain Underpants? Well, I know he's faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts, and, heck, he can even leap tall building without getting a wedgie! And you can see it all (isn't this an exciting review) in these 5 action packed books, full of Action, Thrills, Laffs, More Action, More Laffs, More Flip-O-Rama, Tons-O-Fun, Lots-O-Laffs, Flip-O-Rama, Romance (just kidding), and terror. Wanna hear more?
George and Harold, two elementary school boys, make comics. Naughty comics. Dog Man, Timmy the Talking Toilet, The Amazing Cow Lady, and everybodys favorite, the amazing Captain Underpants. They spend hours and hours writing Captain Underpants comics, and sell them at school. I'm not going to tell all the details because it'll ruin the book, but they eventually turn their evil principal-Mr. Krupp-into Captain Underpants! Well, at least he thinks he's Captain Underpants. He goes out to save the day and gets into a mess of trouble, but it all ends well, or so George and Harold think, for what they don't know is that every time someone snaps their fingers, Mr. Krupp turns into none other than Captain Underpants! They find this out in book two, when the boys place a picture of an army of evil talking toilets into a photo scanner that make anything you put in it real! Uh oh! But how did the invasion of the incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies from outer space (and the subsequent assault of the equally evil lunchroom zombie nerds come about? Well, duh! Space alien lunch ladies who replace the original lucnch ladies who quit due to the offense taken from an insulting comic book from Georg & Harold. But that's not all the problems they have.
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I first got these books for my son a couple years ago when I couldn't get him to read anything else. Well, he read these books and really enjoyed them. Now he will read other books, but these are still among his favorite. My daughter is much more interested in reading, but she loves Captain Underpants, too, and thinks it's great fun to read the books out loud to me. And they are pretty funny. Some of the humor is even aimed at adults! The Captain Underpants series even inspired my daughter to write a little book about Captain Cam the Mysterious Man for an assignment that, if I may brag, was much more advanced in terms of plot development and in the creation of a protagonist and an antagonist than what her other first grade peers came up with. True, these books encourage that potty humor that kids of this age seem to find so darned amusing, but they grow out of it. You can always offer other books in addition to these, and in the meantime, Captain Underpants gets them to read. 'Nuff said.
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My son started reading these books in the second grade. Now in the third grade, he's already reading bigger books like Harry Potter, but his favorites are still Captain Underpants. We had to go to the library and get them all and then at birthday time and Christmas, different relatives each bought a book so he now owns the entire set.
He gets me laughing with the jokes. He came up to me and said "Knock Knock". I of course answered with "Who's There?"... "I'm a Pile Up" he says.... when I answered "I'm a pile up who" (which sounds just like "I'm a pile of poo") he roared with laughter and went back to his Captain Underpants books to find more things to "get me" with.
He evens reads them to his 5 year old brother. They are actually getting along with each other as they sit on the floor and read together. I never thought stories about boy humor would make me so happy. And the language in these books is fairly tame. If you can handle the word "poop", you shouldn't mind these books at all.
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My daughter discovered the Captain Underpants series a couple of months ago and I have to say, at first I wasn't sure I wanted to encourage her reading nonsense material. When I read the titles of the books, I had such a laugh and it really hit me why some kids love these books--they are sooo funny and it's exactly the kind of thing that a attracts a child. Kids love potty talk and silly pictures and the seeing Harold and his friend get into constant trouble with the principle at their school. These jokesters are forever playing pranks and trying to get themselves out of trouble. Yes, it's complete nonsense, but, it got my daugther to read chapter books! she's hooked. She loves to read and it's her love for reading that I'm encouraging not the nonsense.
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By B. Worley on January 25, 2011
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My 8 year old son recieved these books as a Christmas gift. At the time I didn't think anything of it. Shortly after reading these he started giving his brother wedgies (which he had never heard of before) and he told me his teacher was idiotic because she told him he shouldn't talk in class. When I asked him where he learned this behavior from he said it was in the Captain Underpants books. I decided to read them. Admittedly, I should have done this prior to allowing him to read them. The two main characters are constantly doing inappropriate things. They are rude to their teacher and principal. In the one I read they said their science teacher was idiotic and his class was boring. They were making noises in class and when the teacher asked what was going on they told him he needed to see a doctor. They made up a brownie recipe that made the cafeteria explode. They wrote a comic about all the lunch ladies dying and turning into zombies. The list goes on and on, and this is only one book. I couldn't make myself read anymore. And if these things aren't bad enough, in just the first few pages there are so many intentionally misspelled words I was in shock. I want my son to read. I'm so happy he loves reading and I hate to discourage him from reading anything. However, these books are just totally inappropriate and defeat the whole purpose of him reading. My suggestion is to read them BEFORE you allow your child to.
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