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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"Captain Underpants #3"

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) by Dav Pilkey, Captain Underpants #3, YR, 1999, 141p, rating=2.5

Well, George and Harold--surprise, surprise--are at it again. The cranky lunch ladies quit after George and Harold fool them into baking super-volcanic krispy kupcakes that flood the school with gigantic green globs o' goo. Mr. Krupp finds replacements and fast, but he unwittingly hires the tentacled alien trio of Zorx, Klax, and Jennifer in disguise! Will they turn everyone in school into evil zombie nerds? Can George and Harold save the world before it's too late? All seems lost until the diabolical Zorx snaps his... um, tentacles in front of Mr. Krupp, and the power of wedgies comes to the rescue once again. (Paul Hughes, Goodreads)

Another book series that my eight year old is into these days.  I got concerned when I saw it on the list of challenged books so I figured I'd give it a look.  Well, I didn't see anything disconcerting in this installment that would call for banning.  Granted Captain Underpants turned out to be the school principal under hypnosis that is running around town in his chonies or perhaps it's the mischievous antics of George and Harold that might be the concern.  But they're just zany characters that attracts kids.  Anyway, I personally don't see this as incredibly delightful but apparently entertaining to my son especially the Flip-O-Rama sections ("the world-famous cheesy animation technique that lets you animate the action!"). 

Overall, I don't see any imminent or permit damage by reading this book. :)


  1. My niece loves these books, I'll have to get around to reading them sometime.


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