Here comes that valiant hero, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” is a popular children’s book from the creative mind of Dav Pilkey and it is about the hilarious adventures of George and Harold as they try to trick their strict principal Mr. Krupp, but their trick ends up backfiring on them! “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” is absolutely one of the funniest books ever created!!!
George Beard and Harold Hutchins were best friends who both go to Jerome Horwitz Elementary School and they were usually good boys. Well, they were good at playing practical jokes on people! Also, George and Harold enjoyed making comic strips starring their favorite superhero…CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS!
Unfortunately, the boys had one obstacle in their way and that was the school principal MR. KRUPP! Mr. Krupp hated George and Harold as they are always playing practical jokes on the teachers and he vowed to get them one day. Well, that day came when the school’s big football game between the Horwitz Knuckleheads and the Stubinville Stinkbugs and George and Harold were up to their tricks when they put pepper in the cheerleaders’ pom-poms causing them to sneeze like crazy, put bubble bath into the school marching band’s instruments and filled the football with helium which sent the football soaring high into the sky. George and Harold thought that they were not going to get caught for the disastrous football game, but unfortunately Mr. Krupp videotaped George and Harold sabotaging the football game and he ended up blackmailing George and Harold into being his servants if the boys do not want the football team to find out what they did. After so many grueling weeks doing services for Mr. Krupp, George and Harold hatched a plan to trick Mr. Krupp into not blackmailing them by buying a 3-D Hyno-Ring that will easily hypnotize anyone!
Will George and Harold’s plan to hypnotize Mr. Krupp work?
Read the book to find out!
Man, I am going to be saying that throughout this review! Dav Pilkey has done a great job with both the illustrations and writing this book as they make this book full of pure hilarity and adventure! I love the way that Dav Pilkey writes this book in a sarcastic and humorous way as George and Harold are shown to be the greatest practical jokers in the history of all practical jokers as they are constantly pulling pranks on the school and somehow succeeding in their jokes. I really enjoyed the sarcastic humor in this book as it is smart and witty and it strongly reminded me of the humor in “The Stinky Cheeseman” as it plays a satire on the world of superheroes, except this time there is a superhero that runs around the city in his underwear! One of the most impressive characters in this book is Captain Underpants himself as he saves the world but saves it in his underwear! Captain Underpants sort of remind me of Quailman from the Nickelodeon show “Doug” as both characters saves the word in their underwear.
Dav Pilkey’s illustrations are truly hilarious and childish in this book as George and Harold always have mischievous looks on their faces. George is drawn as a child with a tie and a black flat top hair and Harold is drawn to have puffy hair, which makes the two characters look hilarious to children. The illustration that stood out the most for me was the illustration of Captain Underpants himself as he has a bald head and is shown wearing a red cape and is mostly shown in his underwear! Also, I like to point out that the illustrations are in black and white; however Dav Pilkey’s illustrations are so hilarious and childish that many children will overlook the black and white coloring.
Parents should know that this book was banned in many schools because it was considered insensitive and encourages children to disobey authority (I did not really understand the insensitivity part, but I did understand the part about disobeying authority). The main thing that parents should be concerned about is the crude humor in this book such as Harold and George using a fake doggy doo-doo to trick a villain and the cheerleaders being described as having mucus running down their noses after they were exposed to the pepper in their pom-poms and parents who do not approve of crude humor might want to wait until their children get older to enjoy this book. As for the banning, I honestly do not believe in banning books and I thought that this was an enjoyable book for children of all ages, but it was not meant to be an educational book. I think that if the content in this book is really offensive for educational classes, then teachers could use this book as a special treat for children to read if children did some good deeds or did their schoolwork, sort of like a reward for their efforts.
“The Adventures of Captain Underpants” is truly a book that children of all ages can enjoy as it has great humor and spectacular characters and I think this book will be wonderful for children who love reading about superheroes and great humor! I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the crude humor might be a bit too inappropriate for smaller children.
“Tra-la-laa! Captain Underpants away!”
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