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Product details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (1 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439049989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439049986
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 April 2003
Format: Paperback
MY 8 YEAR OLD SON THINKS CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS IS FANTASTIC. HE CAN'T WAIT FOR SOME NEW STORIES TO COME OUT.THE STORIES ARE ALL ABOUT THINGS LITTLE BOYS FIND EXTREMELY FUNNY,(POOPYPANTS, WEDGIES ETC)AND THE FACT THAT THE HEAD TEACHER MR.KRUPP IS THE CENTRAL CHARACTER IS SIMPLY HILARIOUS.ALL MY SONS FRIENDS HAVE A GREAT TIME CHANGING EVERYBODYS NAMES AROUND USING THE SYSTEM IN THE BOOKS.HE ALSO MAKES HIS OWN FLIPORAMA BOOKS LIKE THE BOYS IN THE BOOKS.REALLY CAPTURES THE IMAGINATION!
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This book is the fourth novel in the Captain Underpants series. The Captain Underpants series is humorous and action packed. I had heard it was great, so I thought I should try reading it.

The main characters are George Beard and Harold Hutchins (he has a very bad haircut) and Mr Krupp (who transforms into Captain Underpants. If you click whilst you `re near Mr Krupp, he will turn into Captain Underpants, but if he gets a wet head, he turns into Mr Krupp. My favourite characters are George and Harold because they are very funny, but whilst having fun often get into trouble. The teachers give them a big punishment, but the two eventually get their revenge!!

The story is about a school science teacher, who tries to change everyone's name into a weird one by using his inventions. His name is Professor Pippy Pee Pee Poopypants!! Captain Underpants finally defeats PPPPP by crushing his inventions.

I have two favourite chapters. The first one is quiet long, but all that happens in it is, George and Harold talk about the lesson they have learnt. It is called The Chapter After The Chapter Before The Last Chapter. My second favourite chapter is called To Make a Long Story Short. The one sentence in it is... It did.

I recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour, a good imagination or anyone who enjoys animating the action with the additional feature flip- o- rama.

I would give this book 8 out of 10.

Ashmal
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By Nicola Mansfield on 17 Sept. 2013
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This is the last book in the series that we own but I'm going to finish off the rest with visits to the library as I'm finding them quite delightful. This is the first appearance of this particular villain but I came across him in book 10, which was the first book in this series I ever read, and that was a sequel to book 9. Sooo, we can see Professor Poopypants, at least as he's called in this book becomes a favourite Underpants' villain. He's the kind of villain you love to hate though because at first he seemed a nice guy wanting to feed the world and eliminate it's garbage problem both at the same time with his new inventions. However his unfortunate name makes him a laughing stock whom no-one will take seriously and this warps the professor's mind beyond repair and he decides to take over the world instead. This is another hilarious adventure with George, Harold and Captain Underpants. The craziest part that kids will have fun with is a chart that Poopypants uses to enforce upon everyone a new silly name. Closing my review now with my own new silly name! signing out: ... Zippy Banananose.
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This marvelous book is all about a man call Mr. Krubb and two boys named George and his best friend Harold. These two imaginative go to an Elementary school. They both love to make comics. One day at the school the science teacher has enough of the school so he turns to the superhero. Mr. Krubb, worried, wonders who to be the next science teacher. From new Swissland, a small island in Greenland a new funny science teacher comes. He's a mad scientist and wants revenge. A comic by George and Harold about the science teacher makes him angry when he reads it.

I found the story remarkably funny. You should really read this book! This is really funny. I couldn't let go of it! It is 100% for children. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2000
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the bit i like the most is where it gives you three tables to make your new name with, its quite fun just doing this as you get some quite odd names from it. i recomend the book just for that part
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By Hairless on 22 Feb. 2012
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My 7 & 5yr old boys absolutely love these books. We read a few chapters every night and even the adults want to know what happens next. The stories are so way out there and I love the chapter headings. The three boards to change names are brilliant, thoroughly recommended by Pinky & Goober Wafflebrain (previously known as Max & Oscar). If your children like these books then they may enjoy the same kind of silly fun in the DVD The Secret Show.
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By The Robbinses on 29 Oct. 2013
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Did you know in new swissland everybody has a silly name and one off the most clever people in new swissland is proffeser pippy pea pea poopy pants.Meanwhile at jerome hortitwitz elementary school mr.Flyde is leaving so the proffeser gets the job but everybody laffs at his name .find out what happens when the proffeser tries to take over the world.
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By Sarah on 6 Feb. 2014
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My 6 yr old nephew adores this book. I did wonder if it was a little old for him but went with the reviews of others and bought it. My sister says he goes off to his room on his own and comes down giggling away to himself. As the good aunt that I am I will be purchasing more him. Very quick delivery, was sent to Seattle. No complaints
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