by Dav Pilkey
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Paperback: 121 pages
Captain Underpants series:
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (1997)
Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (1998)
Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (1999)
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (2000)
The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun (2001)
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman (2001)
The All New Extra Crunchy Captain Underpants Book O' Fun 2 (2002)
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets (2003)
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers (2003)
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People (2006)
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers (2012)
Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers (2013)
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 (August 2014)
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (August 2015)
Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment. The story is immediately engaging - two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno-Ring and hypnotize Krupp, turning him into Captain Underpants, their own superhero creation. Later, Pilkey includes several pages of flip-o-ramas that animate the action. The simple black-and-white illustrations on every page furnish comic-strip appeal. The cover features Captain Underpants, resplendent in white briefs, on top of a tall building. This book will fly off the shelves.
PeekAbook: here's a preview of another book in the series, but you can get an idea of the basic storyline and illustrations
Based on the cover, the hero doesn't look appealing like the supermen we are accustomed to which is part of the reason why I never thought to pick up this book. However, the reviews and hype over this got me curious enough to give it a try.
I found this to be a hilarious and fun super-hero story.
The three main characters are endearing and ones I want to continue to follow in their adventures.
This series will be one of those secret guilty pleasure reads on my nightstand ;-)
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