Review: Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

Publisher: The Blue Sky Press

Released: August 15, 2006

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 978-0439376143 

Book Description:

When we last saw George and Harold, they were about to take their pet pterodactyl Crackers back to the Cretaceous period. But things didn't work out quite as they had hoped. They've entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice, kids are allowed to read banned books, and the cafeteria food doesn't smell like dirty diapers. Even worse, they've discovered alternate versions of themselves--Evil George and Evil Harold--who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua, Ohio. Now it's up to George and Harold to defeat the evil twins and THEIR superhero, Captain Blunderpants!

Caleb's thoughts (age 8):

This book is about George and Harold's evil twins and when they come to their world. I liked when the evil twins turned the principal into Captain Blubberpants. I liked this part because it was funny.  George and Harold's grandma and grandpa turned into superheroes and I thought that was pretty awesome. At the end, Professor Poopypants came from the giant pants. My favorite part about Captain Underpants books are the stories because they are funny to me.

Mom's thoughts:

Caleb loves Captain Underpants and its not hard to see why. One look inside the cover and you'll discover comic strips, "loud" illustrations, and activities among the story; all elements that young children love. While I may not appreciate the Captain's humor, I can appreciate my son's enthusiasm to read it.  He finished this book in 2 days, reading much longer than his required reading time for homework. This book appeals to boys, and since boys are the hardest to-reach-readers, I don't care what the plot is...I'll let Caleb read Captain Underpants anytime.
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1 Response to "Review: Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People"

  1. Mel (He Followed Me Home) Says:
    December 10, 2009 at 5:34 AM

    My son Jacob LOVES the Captain Underpants series too. But yes, the humor is typical boy humor and not always what I'd want him to read. I see it the same way as you though ... just the fact that he's so excited to read means I can look past the potty humor :)