The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
TOTAL RATING: 4 STARS
The height of Spice Power. Tamagotchi’s arrived at our shores to infuriate us all and in the publishing world a little known book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone was about to change our lives as we knew them. But 1997 had another big book launch that year.
A book that would go on to release 12 books in the series, a film by Dreamworks and two animated TV series. With a click of fingers and a Tra-la-laaaaa, Captain Underpants and Treehouse Comix, Inc arrived.
Captain Underpants for those who don’t know is a chapter book for kids aged 7+ and focuses on the adventures of George Beard and Harold Hutchins. George is the kid on the left with the tie and the flat top. Harold is the one on the right with the t-shirt and the bad haircut.
Remember that now.
The pair get into many scraps trying to survive life at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School and their evil principal Mr Krupp, but when an incident with the ultimate detention and a 3D hypno-ring and they turned their principal into the main character of their homemade comic books.
Now, George and Harold have to save the man who’s trying to make their lives miserable as he truly believes he is the cottony fresh cape crusader and together they save the city from an evil plot of a diaper wearing villain.
It’s silly. It’s tons of fun and it’s the perfect book, especially for kids who aren’t traditionally big readers. With tons of pictures and the inventive Flip-O-Rama pages makes the book interactive which is cool. There’s laugh on most pages and with sequels that include fighting talking toilets, evil alien lunch ladies and super villains called Professor Poopypants you get what I mean.
A children’s classic that deserves a place on a children’s all-time all-stars team.
Final Thoughts: Action. Thrills. Laffs. What more could you ask for?