Action! Thrills! Laffs!

I got my first copy of The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey at a Scholastic book fair in the winter of 1997 when I was about to turn 10. I was completely drawn in after the first few pages and begged my mother to buy it for me. The story stars George and Harold, two prank-pulling, mischief-making fourth graders. George and Harold love to write and draw their own comic books starring unique superheroes of their invention. Their greatest creation was Captain Underpants, a superhero who fights evildoers with wedgie power. When the boys hypnotize their mean-spirited principal, they inadvertently turn him into the tighty-whitey-wearing hero and go on a real-life adventure!

The Adventures of Captain Underpants will appeal to many different types of readers. The characters and subject matter make it an obvious choice for boys, but girls (like me) enjoy it too. Anyone who enjoys reading stories that mix comedy and adventure will have a lot of fun with this one.

This is also a great book for reluctant readers. It’s not terribly long, but it still tells a good story and uses a wide vocabulary. There is action and humor on every page, and the dynamic illustrations help to bring the story to life. The book also includes fun features like “Flip-O-Rama” flip-book pages, “the world-famous cheesy animation technique that lets you animate the action!”

Recommended for ages 7-11.

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