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5.0 out of 5 stars Full Wedgie Power - good fun for preteen boys, 15 Feb 2006
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Keith_Joseph (West Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Paperback)
Note: This review is for Five book boxed collection of Captain Underpants - which seems to be out of print at the moment, so you may not get the box anymore, just the 5 books (it might be available on eBay if it's not on offer from Amazon resellers). Plus there's a newer Captain Underpants Children 10 Books Collection set that includes these first five books.

When we had run out of the excellent 'Astrosaurs' books to read, I bought this paperback book set for my son (9) who is a poor reader. I read him a few pages when in the bath or at bedtime, and we are really enjoying the stories. They are very American (the headmaster is a Principal) but any kid used to the better US Sitcoms like 'Jimmy Neutron', ' Neds survival guide' or 'Phil of the future' wouldn't even need the odd translation. The books are an easy read and are very witty (I think my son gets all of the jokes). The stories revolve around the two main rather naughty boy characters invented comic book hero 'Captain Underpants' and the odd occasions where their imagination merges with reality. Although George and Harold aren't the best behaved young men, they do redeem themselves by saving the world on numerous occasions. The stories aren't anywhere near as puerile as the titles suggest, although they are accurate descriptions of the key plot elements.

This boxed collection contains the first five Capt Underpants books: The adventures of Capt Underpants, The attack of the killer toilets, The invasion of the incredibly naughty cafeteria ladies from outer space, The perilous plot of Professor Poopypants, and The wrath of the wicked wedgie woman. They are great stories for preteen boys, probably from around 5 upwards if you read them to them. To make sense they should be read in order. The books have lots of clever comic style drawings as well. The only minor downside is the odd spelling for those practising their reading, as it's US American with preteen schoolboy phonetic in the 'comics'. There are surprisingly few good books aimed squarely at young boys about, so highly recommended. If you can't find this boxed set cheaply via Amazon resellers try eBay, . Also look out for 'The tentacled terror', 'Horrid Henry', 'Seriously silly stories' and the 'Astrosaurs'/'Cows in action' series of books that are very boy friendly.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to encourage a 9 year old to read!, 15 July 2006
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This review is from: The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Paperback)
My 9 year old son was a very reluctant reader, it was painful trying to encouage him. Until his teacher introduced him to these books. Within a couple of days I was being begged to buy him the set. He has since gone on to read loads of goosebumps and other similar books - he rarely has his nose out of one. The secret is a mixture of toilet humour, vivid cartoon style text and a sending up of school staff. The only problem is the us spellings but the advantages outweigh this.

His problem is when are they going to produce more?
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids love them & so do I, 20 Feb 2005
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Certainly made me laugh reading them to my two boys (6 & 9). The eldest reads them all the time. My personal favourite is the professor poopypants name changer, same vein as horrid henry but boys everything is much sillier!
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Underpants Collection, 9 Dec 2002
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The set of books kept my seven year old son occupied for hours. This was amazing considering he is a child who usually refuses to pick up a book! The collection is particulalry aimed at young boys and the topics that will grab their attention with characters such as 'Professor Poopypants' a 'Talking toilet' and a superhero that operates on 'wedgie power'. The only down side to this book is the american spelling. However, if you have a young boy that is refusing to read,try this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for boys., 2 Feb 2010
This review is from: The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Paperback)
This collection was bought for our five year old son, his older sister enjoys listening too, however, the little I read to them before being ousted in favour of teenager big brother (who has more self-control and refrains from roaring with laughter at all the crucial parts) were funny, well written and a great light-hearted read. Good for dipping in and out of if you are short on time to sit down for a long haul reading session.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 20 Dec 2013
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Great book to get boys reading. Fun, toilet talk, ridiculous plot lines, how can any child not snort the milk out of their nose?
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16 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant box of books., 14 Jan 2004
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It is a great collection of the amazing and fabulous adventure story books and they very funny aswell so buy them if you really like the sound of the book from this or any other review because it is absolutely brilliant.
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