Lexile Measure: 730L (What's this?)
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Scholastic (September 1, 1999)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #11,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #146 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Chapter Books #432 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship #799 in Books > Children's Books > Action & Adventure
Age Range: 7 - 10 years
Grade Level: 2 - 5
This comic is totally hillarious, but make sure to buy it before big brother says you can't! Check out the following:'Captain Underpants' lives to see another day ORFORDVILLE, Wis. - Dav Pilkey's book, Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds), came under scrutiny after a student's parents asked that it be reviewed. The story's main characters ridicule and disobey their school principal, bury some dead lunch ladies by the school and write comic books riddled with misspellings, among other things. The Parkview School District committee voted 5-0 to keep the book in the school's library. The district's curriculum director said children probably would be best served if someone read or discussed the book with them to point out misspellings and intolerance issues.
The first time my son, Edward, brought home the first novel, I thought "oh no, another book I will have to hide" because I thought the content would be inappropriate. But he was laughing so hard that I got curious. So I started reading it then I was laughing hard! In fact, so hard that I woke up everyone else in the house because I was sneaking and reading it at night! When I saw what this book did for my son's interest in reading, I couldn't wait for the sequel. In fact, I bought this and the third novel last night after a parent-teacher's conference. So Edward has allowed me to read this one while he reads the other. This book is just as hilarious as the first. This is definitely the way to get kids reading.I say hooray for Dav Pilkey and thank him for being a boost to my son's interest in reading! Reading is only fun when you enjoy the content and I definitely enjoy having Dav's books for my son and myself.
I think that there should be more funny books for children. Children like to laugh just as much, if not more, than adults. And laugh he does! The other thing I like about these books is that he enjoys them so much that he was able to make a transition into "chapter" books painlessly...Which prior to that he found intimidating A+ for captain underpants!
"Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space" is a further installment in this clever series of books by Dav Pilkey. Captain U is a spoofish superhero character not unlike the Tick or the Powerpuff Girls. Pilkey combines subversive humor with engaging cartoony illustrations.Captain U's true identity is that of an elementary school principal. But after being hypnotized by unruly fourth graders George and Harold, he acquires his superhero persona. Captain Underpants is probably the silliest spoof superhero yet; he runs around wearing no more than his underpants (hence the name) and a cape. In this installment, the good captain faces a trio of devious extraterrestrial fiends.Much like the popular TV show "The Simpsons," this book mercilessly satirizes school and authority figures. Pilkey includes many clever touches, such as the incorporation of comic books allegedly written by George and Harold, as well as a "Flip-o-Rama" gimmick by which the reader can manually animate key action sequences. Overall, a lot of fun.
Started buying this series for my husband to read to our toddler on his nights to read! My husband was griping that he only had a few books that he would read to our son because of his own preference so we got a captain underpants and haven't looked back! My husband enjoys reading these to our 3 year old son and our son loves daddy's enthusiasm, voices and excitement reading them! Wonderful buy for any dad's looking for books they enjoy reading as well!
I personally think these books are very dull and juvenile however, my eight year old likes them. I am not one of those parents who will throw Harry Potter in a bonfire. As long as it doesn't have profanity, adult content, or gratuitous violence, he can read anything he wants. I will hand him the phone book if that was something he enjoyed.
Our 2nd grader struggled with reading and her confidence while reading out loud was low. She was so shy about reading out loud that her teacher thought she had a speech issue that required a referral to the speech pathologist at her school! We knew that she just needed to read more to build her confidence, however she didn't seem to like any of the beginner chapter books that we tried. We tried 7-8 various book series before we came across Captain Underpants. I showed our daughter the cover and she giggled. When we started reading with her that night we knew we had found a winner!! She laughed throughout the entire thing! The chapters are short and easy to read. The pictures help developing readers stay interested in the developing plot, and the humor hooks them! We are so thankful that we found a series that helped our daughter learn to love reading. Just this past week she came home from school and said that she wanted to check out a Captain Underpants book at her school library but her teacher told her no! She said that her teacher doesn't allow her students to read "those kinds" of books. I was so disappointed to hear that a teacher would limit reading options for young readers. The books are very silly and a little sarcastic, but if children can connect to a book I believe they should be allowed to explore it!! If the books were inappropriate I would think they wouldn't be allowed in the school library at all. I was happy to see that my daughter pulled the book out of her backpack and said, "I got it anyway!". A must read for any young/ developing reader!
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