Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
YAY! Another Captain Underpants book comes our way --- the ninth to be precise! But wait, this isn’t REALLY about Captain Underpants; it’s about George and Harold. So if it’s about George Beard and Harold Hutchins, you know that somewhere along the way, you will hear about Captain Underpants, aka their mean old principal, Mr. Krupp.
"Once again, Dav Pikey has given us a delightful adventure full of screamingly funny drawings that kids will just love.... Get ready, get set and go get yours from your school library, your public library, or your local bookstore."
This story starts where the last one left off: with George, Harold and Captain Underpants, innocent of any crimes, being sent to jail for being robbers. But of course, it was their evil twins who had committed these crimes. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does with the appearance of none other than the “terrifying Tippy Tinkletrousers” in a giant pair of robot pants, trying to destroy the world. Then Tippy is arrested and ends up in prison with none other than Mr. Krupp. Some serious scheming goes on, and the next thing you know, Tippy has built yet another horrible, world-smashing robot and has Mr. Krupp in his clutches as he heads back to the prison to get George and Harold. You’ll just have to read the book to find out what happens then. It’s all pretty exciting.
There are even more adventures. Now we get to read all about how George and Harold actually met at school so many years ago, why they became such good friends, how Captain Underpants came into being, and…lots and lots of things. This is also the story of how Harold gave George his famous haircut, how the boys worked together to teach the school bullies a lesson, and how smart they were when they worked together. George and Harold did not like to see what Kipper Krupp (nephew of the nasty principal, Mr. Krupp) and his creepy buddies Loogie, Bugg and Finkstein did to the other kids. Every day, students had to give up their allowances, their lunches, and whatever else the bullies decided they wanted. The friends decide that something must be done, and with clever planning, they put together a fantastic plan. Who would have thought it would actually include writing their very own comic book, creating a ghost named Wedgie Magee, making a “Kipper Whipper” and totally intimidating the bullies of Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. Even without Captain Underpants, George and Harold are a force to be reckoned with.
Of course, no story ends as easily as that. We have not heard the last of Tippy Tinkletrousers and his quest to destroy the world and Captain Underpants. These adventures involve some serious time travel and new revelations about Mr. Krupp, I mean Captain Underpants. There are also the horrible zombies that come at the end of the book after the world is destroyed and…oh wait, I can’t tell you another thing because you will want to read this book for sure to find out what happens to everyone.
Once again, Dav Pikey has given us a delightful adventure full of screamingly funny drawings that kids will just love. Captain Underpants books are as popular today as they were when they first came out. Get ready, get set and go get yours from your school library, your public library, or your local bookstore. YAY!
Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts on August 25, 2012