It's not hard to understand why kids love these books. They are very visual, employ several different story-telling methods and are fun to hear. My older boy who read them himself passed them down to the younger whom I read them to. He wanted to get them all. He loved them!
Rebecca H. (Rebemdee) reviewed The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, Bk 1) on
Very cute and funny. I didn't like the misspelled words; I know it is supposed to be a reflection of the "kids" writing the story, but I would want my child to read and learn vocabulary in the process.
Grade 2-5-Pilkey packs an amazing amount of humor into what could have been a one-gag novel. Besides turning their principal into a silly superhero, George and Harold play tricks on just about everyone. They pepper pom-poms, put bubble bath in tubas, and fill a football with helium. Pilkey's illustrations are half the fun, and that magical moment when the hypnotized Principal Krupp dons his Captain Underpants uniform and sings "Tra-La-Laaaaaaaa" is priceless. Krupp is a worthy successor to Lamar J. Spurgle, the nemesis of "the Cut-Ups" in James Marshall's great picture books. The "kneel here" sign in front of his desk says it all. Kid Appeal Award: Superheroes are always fascinating to kids. And children of a certain age will laugh at anything that has to do with underpants. Combining the two was a stroke of comic genius.
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