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Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (1999)

by Dav Pilkey

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This book was hilarious. I especially enjoyed the animated action sequences. This book has a lot of creativity. ( )
  EllsbethB | Sep 13, 2015 |
George and Harold hoped their misadventures with Captain Underpants (their principal who they hypnotized into being a living version of their comic book superhero) were over. They wanted their caped crime fighter to stay on the written page. Thanks to their carelessness with the hypnoring, however, that was not likely. Any time Principal Krupp hears snapping fingers he transforms into the brave Captain Underpants, fighting crime in his underwear. The villains must be as ridiculous as he is, and in this book they are the talking toilets of the title.

The craziness begins with a prank and a copy machine. Harold and George are forbidden from entering the invention convention, and to get revenge, they sabotage every entry in the contest except one - Melvin's, because he catches them in the act and they bribe him to silence. After the convention fails miserably, and the whole school is wet and dirty and miserable from all the science inventions backfiring on them, Mr. Krupp sentences George and Harold to some serious detention. Melvin ratted them out.

When Mr. Krupp disappears in the teacher's office, the boys can't resist the temptation to sneak out. They want to get back at Melvin. He invented a copy machine that he claims takes two-dimensional pictures and creates three-dimensional objects. The boys don't believe him, though; they expect it's just a super copier, and they are going to use it to make copies of the latest issue of their hand-drawn Captain Underpants comic.

The story is about evil talking toilets that eat people. Of course, the copier does create three-dimensional objects, so as soon as they use it, evil talking toilets begin popping out of the machine and running rampant around the school. They start eating teachers, but fortunately one of them snaps her fingers at them, and Captain Underpants emerges. With the help of a robot that Harold and George draw and copy out of the special copier, they manage to defeat the evil toilets and their leader, the Turbo Toilet 2000.

This series has a zany sense of humor that can be slapstick or a little more clever and tongue-in-cheek (like chapters titled The Invention Convention Detention Suspension), and the author is clearly winking at the reader throughout the story. Captain Underpants is a great send up of more traditional superheroes, the plot is always fast-paced and engrossing to children, and the dialogue is enjoyable. Some readers (always adults) object to the example George and Harold set. They are certainly not model children as far as good behavior goes. However, kids love them. A line towards the beginning of the book offers a great perspective on these two pranksters: they may get cause trouble, but they are wonderful kids at heart. That's how I perceive them: mischievous, inclined to take their jokes too far, but just kids who are good beneath their rampant sense of humor. I like these books, and I believe it's fine for kids to read about rascally children who buck authority in a silly manner and sometimes get away with it. Don't take these books too seriously, and instead enjoy the hijinks, hilarity, and over the top villains and plots. ( )
  nmhale | Jun 8, 2015 |
This is the second book in the Captain Underpants series. I like this book because of its humor and its interactive aspects. The entire book is based on humor, specifically toilet humor. This book is filled with obscure things including a machine that copies drawings into live objects called the PATSY 2000, a Robo-Plunger, and the Turbo Toilet 2000. The silliness of the story makes this book very appealing. The book also an an interactive portion. During the fight scenes, the reader uses a "Flip-o-rama" to create a crude animation. A page if flipped over and over again so that the reader can see the two images happen almost at the same time creating an animation. The main idea of this book is to think before you act and supporting your own creativity. ( )
  pduste1 | Feb 23, 2015 |
I didn't care for the misspelled words within the book, although I understand why they are there. I think kids have a hard enough time telling the difference between their, there, and they're without introducing "thier" to them. Other than that, I can see why kids are attracted to the action packed story and the illustrations. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
I didn't care for the misspelled words within the book, although I understand why they are there. I think kids have a hard enough time telling the difference between their, there, and they're without introducing "thier" to them. Other than that, I can see why kids are attracted to the action packed story and the illustrations. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
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Georges et Harold recommencent à refaire des bêtises... En effet ils ont complètement gaché l'expo-science de l'école par leurs farces puis ils ont créé une armée horrible de toilettes parlantes parties à la conquête du monde.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0590634275, Paperback)

The second book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold are usually responsible kids...whenever anything bad happens, George and Harold are usually responsible! And it looks like they're up to their old tricks again! First, they ruined the school's science fair with a series of silly pranks. Then, they accidentally created an army of evil, vicious, talking toilets, intent on taking over the world. Who will stop the carnivorous commodes?!!!? This looks like a job for Captain Underpants!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:40 -0400)

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