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The adventures of Captain Underpants : an epic novel, by Dav Pilkey

Label
The adventures of Captain Underpants : an epic novel
Title
The adventures of Captain Underpants
Title remainder
an epic novel
Statement of responsibility
by Dav Pilkey
Title variation
Adventures of Captain Underpants
Title variation remainder
the first epic novel
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award (Ohio), Grades 3-5, 2001.
  • Colorado Children's Book Award, Junior Book, 1999.
  • Garden State Children's Book Award (New Jersey), Children's Fiction, 2000.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Grades K-3, 2000.
  • Prairie Pasque Children's Book Award (South Dakota), 2000.
  • West Virginia Children's Choice Book Award, 2000.
Review
  • Books for Youth, Middle Readers: Gr. 2-4. The title and the cover art, which depicts a toothy, egg-shaped fellow in a red cape and jockey shorts, are designed to keep this chapter book in constant circulation. The story is a superhero spoof: two misbehaving fourth-grade boys, Harold and George, hypnotize their school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, Captain Underpants. The boys have their hands full when the captain escapes and starts chasing bad guys in his underwear. The extra leading and slightly enlarged typeface make for easier reading, but the silliness goes overboard (picture villainous Dr. Diaper staring at a pile of rubber doggy doo), and the many action-packed illustrations rob the plot of some of its zip by commanding more than their share of attention. (The flip book pages seem clever, but they're really just a tease). Still, the humor is on target for some kids in this age group, who will undoubtedly look forward to a planned second adventure--Captain Underpants 2: Attack of the Talking Toilets. ((Reviewed July 1997)) -- Stephanie Zvirin
  • Few things command disrespect like the sight of a man wearing whitie-tighties. However, the bald and barefoot Captain Underpants happens to be a superhero. As one character notes, "Most superheroes look like they're flying around in their underwear....Well, this guy actually is flying around in his underwear!" The Captain, defender of "Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony," is the comic-book invention of two troublemaking fourth-graders, George and Harold. He comes to life after the boys use a mail-order device to hypnotize their diabolical school principal, who sheds his outergarments and battles crime in only a cape and Y-fronts. As his creators try to snap him out of the trance, Captain Underpants threatens bank robbers with "Wedgie Power" and foils the villainous Dr. Diaper (" `You know,' said George, `up until now this story was almost believable' "). Pilkey (Dog Breath) uses a sitcom-like formula to set up the rivalry between the boys and the principal, and to strip the authority figure of dignity. After a tepid exposition, he falls back on the notion that undies and mild bathroom humor are funny in themselves-- and, given his intended audience, he's probably right. Line drawings of the slapstick action appear on every page, and "Flip-O-Rama" climactic sequences create an agreeably corny "motion-picture" effect. But the lowbrow jokes (the Captain uses an elastic waistband to apprehend an evildoer) chiefly constitute this tale's harmless, non-gross appeal. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
  • In the fine old tradition of James Marshall's Cut-Ups, Pilkey (God Bless the Gargoyles, 1996, etc.) introduces George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two usually responsible fourth-graders, as in "whenever anything bad happened, George and Harold were usually responsible." Pranksters of the first order, George and Harold are finally nabbed by Mr. Krupp, the principal, whom they then hypnotize into believing he's Captain Underpants, a superhero of their own creation. Before they can stop him, he's out the window in cape and briefs, off to fight crime with Wedgie Power, taking on bank robbers, robot thieves--" 'You know,' said George, 'up until now this story was almost believable!' "--and ultimately the evil Dr. Diaper. Distracting Dr. Diaper with some "fake doggy doo-doo," the boys save the planet, then hustle Krupp back into his clothes, just in time for--their next adventure, The Attack of the Talking Toilets, coming soon. Pilkey's stubby black-and-white cartoon figures appear on every page but can be animated in one chapter, thanks to "Flip-O-Rama," where readers flip pages back and forth for the "latest in cheesy animation technology." There'll be no silence in the library once readers get hold of this somewhat classier alternative to Barf-o-Rama books and their crude ilk. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 1997)
Awards note
Buckeye Children's Book award, 2001.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
083748
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Pilkey, Dav
Dewey number
  • 813.6
  • [Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
7-10
Interest level
4-9
LC call number
PZ7.P63123
LC item number
Ad 1997
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Captain underpants
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cartoons and comics
  • Schools
  • Children's stories
  • Captain Underpants (Fictitious character)
  • School principals
  • Heroes
  • Humorous stories
  • Humorous stories
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • School principals
  • Heroes
  • Cartoons and comics
Target audience
primary
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
an epic novel
Label
The adventures of Captain Underpants : an epic novel, by Dav Pilkey
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1209/96037544-b.html
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Collectors' edition contains bonus CD inside back cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
CD-ROM contents: 10 hilarious songs! (plus all the words to sing along) -- Groovy video game! -- Print your own poster! -- Awesome animated music video! -- All about Dav Pilkey! -- And other cool stuff!
Control code
000012894618
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
117 pages
Isbn
9780590846288
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96037544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)36011524
Label
The adventures of Captain Underpants : an epic novel, by Dav Pilkey
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy1209/96037544-b.html
Publication
Copyright
Note
Collectors' edition contains bonus CD inside back cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
CD-ROM contents: 10 hilarious songs! (plus all the words to sing along) -- Groovy video game! -- Print your own poster! -- Awesome animated music video! -- All about Dav Pilkey! -- And other cool stuff!
Control code
000012894618
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
117 pages
Isbn
9780590846288
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
96037544
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)36011524

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