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Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets [Hardcover]

Dav Pilkey
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2 Jan 2014 Captain Underpants
Not so long ago, George and Harold created the greatest superhero in the history of their school - and brought him to life by mistake! He is Captain Underpants, and his true identity is so secret, even HE doesn't know who he is! But that was only the start... Now the boys have accidentally created a whole army of evil, vicious talking toilets intent on taking over the world!!! Someone needs to flush them out - and it's DEFINITELY a job for the world's ONLY superhero with WEDGIE POWER!

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Colour Edition edition (2 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407139592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407139593
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 860,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dav Pilkey was born on March 4th, 1966 in Cleveland, OH. His father (David, Sr.) was a steel salesman, and his mother (Barbara) was the organist at a local church. Dav's older sister (Cindy) was a highly-skilled professional tattletale.

"I don't remember much about my early childhood, except that I was almost always happy. My parents tell me that I used to laugh in my sleep all the time, even as an infant. When I wasn't laughing, I kept myself busy by drawing. While the other kids in the neighborhood were outside playing baseball and football, I was inside drawing animals, monsters, and super-hero guys. Life was pretty cool when I was little...and then school started." -- Dav Pilkey

Part 2. The Dark Ages: Elementary School...

After setting the school's all-time record for the amount of time spent in the principal's office, Dav was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and severe hyperactivity. By the start of first grade, Dav had successfully moved into the role of class clown. He was the undisputed king of funny noises, and held the classroom record for the number of crayons he could stick up his nose at one time (a record he still holds to this day).

Everybody in Dav's class thought he was pretty funny, except for one person - his teacher!

Dav's teacher didn't care for his particular brand of humor, so she began sending him out into the hallway. Before long, Dav was spending so much time in the hall that his teacher moved a little desk out there for him.
"Every day before classes began, I would fill up my hallway desk with papers, pencils, and crayons. Then at some point during the day, I would do something really silly or disruptive, and my teacher would snap her fingers, point to the door, and shout, 'MR. PILKEY---OUT!'" -- Dav Pilkey

Part 3. The Kid in the Hall...

In the hallway, Dav would sit down at his desk, take out his art supplies, and start drawing. At first, he drew only pictures, but as time went on Dav began making up stories, too.

"I used to staple sheets of paper together and make my own books. I invented a whole bunch of super heroes, including 'The Amazing Captain Underpants,' who flew around the city in his underwear giving wedgies to all the bad guys. Everybody in my class thought these comic books were really funny, except for one person - my teacher! I remember one teacher who used to rip up my books and tell me I'd better start taking life more seriously, because I couldn't spend the rest of my days making silly books. Fortunately, I wasn't a very good listener." -- Dav Pilkey

Part 4. The Really Dark Ages: High School...

Dav attended a very strict high school, and things just got worse. Dav's teachers hated his sense of humor, and often discouraged his artistic talents.
"One day my principal took me out of class and said to me, 'I know you think you're special because you can draw, but let me tell you something: artists are a-dime-a-dozen. You will never make a living as an artist!' Those words haunted me for many years. How delightful it was to prove him wrong." -- Dav Pilkey

Part 5. Dav Goes to College

In 1984, Dav Pilkey attended Kent State University as an art major. While attending a freshman English class, one of Dav's professors complimented him on his creative writing skills, and encouraged him to write books. Dav thought this was a novel idea, and began working on his first children's book.

Dav learned about a contest for students who write and illustrate their own books. The winners got their books published! So Dav began creating his first book, World War Won, and entered it in The National Written and Illustrated By...Awards Contest for Students. Within a year, Dav had won the contest and was flying to Kansas City, Missouri to meet the editors and publishers at Landmark Editions, Inc.
"It was the most exciting time in my life. I'll never forget getting off the plane in Kansas City and meeting my new publisher for the first time. I tried to act normal, but I was so excited. It took every bit of self-control I had not to scream, jump up and down, and laugh hysterically... I was going to be an author!" -- Dav Pilkey

Part 6. From Then 'Til Now...

Shortly after the publication of World War Won, Dav moved back to Kent, Ohio where he wrote and illustrated many more books. During this time, Dav found a cute stray puppy and named her 'Little Dog'. She soon became his best friend.
In 1990, Dav dreamed one night that he was supposed to move to Oregon, so a couple of years later, he and Little Dog headed out West.

"Moving to Oregon was a great adventure for us, because Little Dog and I had never even seen Oregon before. We kind of felt like the early pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail for the promise of a better life. Of course, the pioneers encountered many hardships along the way,including starvation, disease, and death. The only hardship we encountered along the way was once when we got french fries at Burger King, and they were kind of soggy." -- Dav Pilkey

Like true pioneers, Dav and Little Dog overcame this hardship, and settled in Oregon in 1993.

Part 7. Now...

In 1999, Dav and Little Dog moved to a small island in Washington. Dav and Little Dog enjoyed taking long walks on the beach, and sometimes they even went kayaking together. But their favorite thing of all was to walk down the street to the island's local sushi restaurant. Dav was the only customer in the restaurant who had special permission to bring his dog in with him. As Dav would eat yummy vegetarian sushi rolls, Little Dog would sit under his table and eat her own meal (a chicken dinner that the restaurant's owner, Sayuri, prepared especially for her).

After a few years, Dav and Sayuri (pronounced Sy-you-dee) fell deeply in love and were married on the beach under a full moon in 2005.

Currently, Dav is working hard on a set of epic novels based on the Captain Underpants comic books he wrote in elementary school while sitting out in the hallway.

"When I was a kid making silly books out in the hall, I never dreamed that one day I'd be making silly books for a living. The coolest thing is that I used to get in trouble for being the class clown ... and now it's my job!" -- Dav Pilkey

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is full of laughs and fun 23 Jun 2000
By A Customer
The headmaster of a school becomes Captain Underpants when hypnotised by two of his pupils, Harold and George. Captian Underpants goes around and fights for justice. The book is full of funny illustrations and I think that this is a very good book for children over seven. Grown ups might like to read it too! I think it one of the best books I have ever read.
Joe Botcherby-Cowan, aged 8.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I ever read! 17 Jun 1999
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I liked Captain Under Pants Attack of the Talking Toilets because it was funny, and I relate to the book, because I play tricks on people like Harold and George do in the book. I rate this book a five star. I rate this book a five star because it was funny and adventurous.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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My 6 year old has just started reading independently and we were struggling to find books which would encourage him to make the step from big picture books into small print. Now we've discovered Captain Underpants we have found what we were looking for! The toilet humour is very appealing for small boys while not being too rude, and it's made me chuckle too. A fantastic way of getting boys into books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Keep Your Son Awake At Night!! 5 Feb 1999
By A Customer
My 8 year old son thinks that Dav Pilkey is the coolest guy and the best author in the world. Only problem is that he takes Pilkey's books to bed and can't stop reading! Attack of the Talking Toilets was completed (3 times, from cover to cover)only when he fell asleep at midnight with the book on his face. Caution to son found that some of his teachers "were not amused" by the humour; although it was a male Grade 2 teacher (thank you Mr. C)that introduced him to "Captain Underpants." If your son is a Pilkey fan too, or if you are a teacher who works with creative but distractable kids, visit the author's fantastic website ( which provides some poignent background info on the author and his stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Weggy Power to the rescue 15 Jun 1999
By A Customer
The best book I read in a long time. Captain Underpants fights off the talking toilets with weggy power but it doesn't work. IF you read the first caption underpants wait until you read this one. More action,more laughs,more flip-o-ramas.This book is good because it`s funny and has lots of action in it, for example when the principal turn in to captain under pants so read this book.
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What a great book! I am so excited to find a book that my son actually wants to read. In the past it has been such a struggle to get him to read until we found this book. Dav has a great talent for capturing the interest and attention of young boys. My son and I laughed and laughed all the way through the book. We are now ordering some of his other works of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Underpants books 10 Oct 2013
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bought for my grandson as he loves theses stories as i do!! would recommend the series to any child aged from 5 years!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars really good, unbeleivable price 26 Aug 2013
By don
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very good, would definitely buy again I recommend to all as very good price, fast delivery and happy with product. all in all buy, buy, buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good choice for all 7 year olds who like a ...
A good choice for all 7 year olds who like a bit of toilet humour! My son understands the jokes more when he reads with an adult. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Tabitha
5.0 out of 5 stars Dav is the best
This book is so hilarious that every time you think about it you'll
wet ure self. The Flip-E-Rama is awesome as well. Read more
Published 23 days ago by JOVV
5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Underpants - the new super hero in our house
My 6 yo loves this series.
He can't wait to go to bed and read the next couple of chapters.
This is the first set of books that he has been so passionate about, we often... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum eat em up
More fabulous captin underpants.Yum yum eat em up.
Ever heard of captin blunder pants?well I have it's worse than captin underpants
Published 6 months ago by jazmine hillyard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great success
I bought it for my grandson who just loved it. Will have to look for more. He is ten years old
Published 8 months ago by Kath Cripps
5.0 out of 5 stars its a hilarious book. i read the captain underpants books all the...
its funny and the book names are funny i recommend it for all over 6. george and harold are allways in trouble
Published 9 months ago by jon hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun - especially for boys
Having said all that, girls might like it.
Boys & toilets go together and this book makes good use of this fact.
A good book to encourage readers.
Published 11 months ago by Bruce Boogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
With the second book in the series, Pilkey picks up steam and presents a totally hilarious story. Following the same formula as the first book, this one ups the fun factor with a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nicola Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Talking toilet-tastic!
This book was very good and a very good read.

Dav Pilkey has obviously put a lot of hard work into the illustrations and has done a very good job with the whole thing!
Published 14 months ago by MRS SHARON SHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
This episode is very funny and my children really enjoyed reading it.
It forms part of a large series so is great to get your youngster interested in reading.
Published 15 months ago by Lawrence Riley
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