Kid Konnection: Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
Best friends George and Harold are sent back in time by Tippy Tinkletrousers. They go back five years, to when they were in kindergarten, and get to relive the day they first met as well as what they did to cope with some bullies. The ringleader of the bullies just happens to be the principal’s nephew so getting revenge isn’t easy. George and Harold come up with a plan, but will it work?
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers is the ninth book in the wildly popular Captain Underpants graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, but it was my first experience with the superhero. I have to admit that I was a little confused at first but quickly got up to speed and ended up enjoying the story. The plan George and Harold come up with is clever (and very implausible) and the illustrations are very well done.
I can see why this series appeals to young readers so much – first of all it uses words that kids find fun, like underpants and tinkle. Secondly, the story is lots of fun and the illustrations are adorable! And, last but not least, it’s always fun to see the underdog get revenge on the bully.
You really have to suspend disbelief to appreciate the storyline in this Captain Underpants book, but that’s okay because it’s loads of fun. George and Harold’s plan is exciting and adds tension to the story – I know I wanted to see how things would turn out.
My only complaint with the book is the comics that are written by the boys. They spell words phonetically and a few of them were hard for me to figure out. I would think they would be hard and confusing for beginning readers. Overall, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers is a cute book that will appeal to young readers, boys in particular.
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