Author(s): Dav Pilkey
For use in schools and libraries only. George and Harold create a comic book superhero, Captain Underpants, and hypnotize their school principal into assuming his identity. This series' tongue-in-cheek writing style and cartoonish drawings make it consistently laugh-out-loud funny.
Horn Book Guide(April 1, 2004; 0-439-37609-2) A mishap involving a new-fangled machine and an ill-timed sneeze turn nerdy Melvin Sneedly into the gunky, slimy "Bionic Booger Boy." In the second volume, Melvin and Mr. Krupp (a.k.a. Captain Underpants) find themselves trapped in each other s bodies. Those who enjoy gross-out humor (i.e., most boys) will probably be laughing too hard to notice the deficiencies in the rather shapeless plots. [Review covers these titles: Captain Underpants and Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: Part 1 and Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: Part 2.] Copyright 2004 of The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. School Library Journal(January 1, 2004; 0-439-37609-2) Gr 2-4-Fourth-graders George and Harold are good at pranks involving ketchup on toilet seats; saving the planet from the "nasty forces of unrelenting evil"; and making fun of Melvin Sneedly, the school brainiac and tattletale. When his robot-making hobby backfires during a class demonstration, Melvin tries to transform himself into a bionic superboy to get back at the pair but ends up as Bionic Booger Boy instead. Chaos ensues after he accidentally doubles and triples in size. George and Harold call on Captain Underpants (the school principal), but he loses his powers when he is covered in saliva. When a bionic hamster hears the terrified cries of his two friends, he comes to the rescue. The typical Pilkey ending leaves the door open for a sequel, and the novel is filled with the familiar comic-book inserts, Flip-O-Rama animations, and black-and-white cartoon illustrations. Fans will love this installment, and the book would probably appeal to slow readers. Adults are likely to be turned off by the use of the words "idiot" and "dumb" to refer to children and by the graphic description of snot. Purchase where there is demand.-Kristina Aaronson, Henniker Community School, NH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. Publishers Weekly(September 29, 2003; 0-439-37610-6) George and Harold get into a sticky situation in Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets, the "sixth epic novel" by Dav Pilkey. Harold and George's latest prank makes "school brainiac" Melvin Sneedly vow to get revenge. But when Melvin transforms himself into the Bionic Booger Boy, things get a little drippy. Can Captain Underpants save the day? Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. "
Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.