Pros: funny, flip-o-rama, lots of adventures, finding out your 'new' name
Cons: the boy's grammar and spelling in their comic, potty humor won't appeal to all
My son has been loving the Captain Underpants series. We recently just finished the fourth novel in the series: Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants.
The book stars George and Harold, two boys who attend Jerome Horwitz Elementary school. They like to play jokes on people, write comic books, and in general do mostly harmless things that can be sort of mean and do get them in trouble.
In this book the boys get in trouble and can't go on the school field trip and have to clean the teacher's lounge. They use the opportunity to set up a mess waiting to happen and when the teachers return and fall info it one is so upset that he quits. The school needs a new science teacher and fast and so Mr. Krupp, the principal, hires Professor Poopypants. When the kids laugh at his funny name (there is an explanation as to how he comes to have that name), he gets so upset he goes on a terrible rampage, using his inventions to terrorize the school and even the entire planet. Will the boys be able to get Captain Underpants' help and save the school? You'll have to read to see how the story unfolds.
This book is by Dav Pilkey and is full of humor. Some is definitely of the potty variety, but it's not too terrible. I do recommend reading the books in order, as some things are much better explained in the first book at least and there are a few small references to early books. There were lots of silly points in the story, some suspense, and some things that my son was able to figure out before the book told us. We both enjoyed this book.
The book is 153 pages long and has 25 chapters. There are lots of illustrations, and the flip-o-rama found in the other books is not lacking in this one either. My son loves those flipping pages a whole lot. The artwork is a little crude, and the comics that are done by the boys are the most juvenile, but it's easy to see everything that is going on, though a lot of the adults have an odd egg shape to them. There is another fun feature to this book where you can find out what your name would be in Swissland (where Professor Poopypants is from).
The comics that the boys make, that are included in the book, are my only gripe. The boys draw and write out their comics and their spelling and grammar is pretty bad. I am not sure exactly what grade the boys are in, but I expect they would know how to spell middle (not middel), along with several other misspelled words. I know it's supposed to show how they would actually do it, but I think most kids would make an effort to spell things correctly if they were distributing it to others to show they worked hard to make it great (and not get made fun of for not being able to spell even if the comics are pretty funny).
Aside from that, I love these books. They keep my seven year old's attention and he really enjoys reading them. He is going to be disappointed that there is only one more book in the series. I recommend these books to any elementary school child, they are funny, but also show teamwork, and have silly adventures. George and Harold work hard to save the day against Professor Poopypants.
This has been an entry in the Lean N Mean X Writeoff.