Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants

Title: Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)  Author: Dav Pilkey 
Illustrator: Dav Pilkey Publisher: New York, Scholastic

Genre: Realistic Fiction- Humor Level: Intermediate Number of pages: 144 Pub. Date: 1999

Summary:

The crazy George and Harold are back in this story, along with everyone’s favorite, almost superhero Captain Underpants. As the title of the book suggests Evil aliens from outer space invade and disguise themselves as lunch ladies. While disguised they turn all the students, except for George and Harold, into zombie nerds. This trouble forces them try and fight back, with the help of the principle turned super hero Captain Underpants. While fighting, Captain Underpants drinks a liquid that gives him super strength, making him like a real super hero.

Critique: 

This story would be considered realistic fiction, but just barley. It would be classified as a humorous story because of all of the crazy shenanigans that happens through out the book. Furthermore, the use of regular elementary school boys as the main characters in a normal elementary school also as sense of realism in the book.

Response:

I think that Captain Underpants is hilarious. I laughed when the boys warn that some of the sections of the book are going to be violent. The violence usually involved hitting with a pan or other silly nonsense. Also the flip-o-rama part of the book was fun and made the book more interactive. I could see this book being very popular with young boys who are into super heroes but also enjoy a little bit of mischief. After reading the third in the Captain Underpants series, I want to go back and read the rest of the series, including the first two that I read when I was in elementary school.

Assignments:

After: Students can create a short book trailer for this book. This trailer can be 1 minute and 30 seconds long and try to get readers hooked on reading this book.

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