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Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

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Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

When we last saw George Beard and Harold Hutchins, they were able to take their pet pterodactyl, Crackers, back to the Cretaceous period in the Purple Potty time machine. But things don’t work out quite as they had hoped (a common occurrence in every Captain Underpants adventure). They’ve entered a bizarre alternate reality where the teachers are always nice; children are allowed to read banned books; the cafeteria serves delicious food (instead of smelling like dirty diapers, greasy dishwater and moldy tennis shoes); all of the enemies from George and Harold’s past have been miraculously transformed into good guys; and, most shockingly of all, Mr. Krupp --- a curmudgeon who takes immense pleasure in seeing kids get into trouble --- suddenly has acquired a sense of humor and actually finds the boys funny.

George and Harold are freaked out by what they’re witnessing. It just isn’t the same without their gym teacher being incredibly cruel to the non-athletic kids or Mr. Krupp gleefully handing out detention slips to students who dare to smile or breathe without permission. But the situation takes a turn for the worse when Crackers and Sulu the Bionic Hamster are kidnapped by George and Harold’s evil-twin look-alikes.

This Eighth Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey introduces readers to Captain Blunderpants, an evil villain whom Evil George and Evil Harold created to do all sorts of…well, evil things, like steal big-screen televisions and video game systems, and then run away from the police. This evil super-powered slave engages (almost) in a historic battle with our brave hero, the one and only Captain Underpants. Who knew that George and Harold’s grandparents, aka Boxer Boy and Great-Granny Girdle, would play such an important role in this story? It wouldn’t be fair to reveal all, but let’s just say that the illustrations of these two feisty octogenarians (and the way they defend themselves against undesirable individuals) will have you smiling from ear to ear.

A familiar character who now goes by a different name makes an appearance at the very end of the book, which will set the stage for the next Captain Underpants adventure, coming soon-ish to a bookstore near you. In the meantime, readers will have their eyes glued (well, not really glued) to the pages of this one, as George and Harold try to save the world from the evil intentions of the Purple Potty People.

Reviewed by Tom Donadio on August 13, 2012

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People
(Captain Underpants #8)
by Dav Pilkey

  • Publication Date: August 15, 2006
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press
  • ISBN-10: 0439376149
  • ISBN-13: 9780439376143