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Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets : another epic novel
Pilkey, Dav, 1966-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1999]

Physical Description:
[136] pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Principal Krupp once again turns into the superhero Captain Underpants in order to save the world, and Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, from the evil talking toilets and the Turbo Toilet 2000.
General Note:
Some copies have the subtitle: The second epic novel.
Reading Level:
780 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.7 1.0 34624.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 3 Quiz: 01821 Guided reading level: P.

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The second book in Dav Pilkey's mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series!

George and Harold are usually responsible kids . . . whenever anything bad happens, George and Harold are usually responsible! And it looks like they're up to their old tricks again! First, they ruined the school's science fair with a series of silly pranks. Then, they accidentally created an army of evil, vicious, talking toilets, intent on taking over the world.

Who will stop the carnivorous commodes?!!!? This looks like a job for Captain Underpants!

Author Notes

Dav Pilkey was born on March 4th, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father was a steel salesman, and his mother was the organist at a local church.

In 1984, Pilkey attended Kent State University as an art major. One of Pilkey's freshman English professors complimented him on his creative writing skills, and encouraged him to write books, which launched him into his career. He found out about a contest for students who write and illustrate their own books, with the winners earning the prize of publication. Pilkey began creating his first book, "World War Won," and entered it in The National Written and Illustrated By...Awards Contest for Students. Pilkey won the contest and flew to Kansas City, Missouri to meet the editors and publishers at Landmark Editions, Inc.

Soon after the publication of World War Won, Dav moved back to Kent, Ohio where he had gone to college. In 1997, Pilkey won the Caldecott Honor for his book "The Paperboy" but is perhaps better known for his "Captain Underpants" series, which he had created while still in elementary school. His title Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers made Publisher's Weekly best seller list for 2011. His title's, The Adventures of Captain Underpants and Dog Man Unleashed, made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger and older for reading aloud. Pilkey keeps his promise (or threat) to continue the adventures of George, Harold, and their split-personality principal, Mr. Krupp. Using school brainiac Melvin Sneedly's science project, a specially modified copy machine, to reproduce their latest homemade comic book, George and Harold inadvertently create an army of teacher-eating toilets led by evil supercommode Turbo Toilet 2000. Enter Captain Underpants, Krupp's briefs-clad alter ego, "faster than a speeding waistband . . . more powerful than boxer shorts," able to lay the attackers low with generous glops of school lunch--but not even Wedgie Power can stop the menacing meisterjohn. What to do? It's back to the copier for a new superhero, the Incredible Robo-Plunger. One climactic battle later, the triumphant lads send all their creations off to Uranus, and kick back to enjoy their reward: a gig as Principals for a Day. Destined to be at least as popular as the first book, this, too, is profusely illustrated with black-and-white cartoon art, including actual pages of the lads' comics, and two chapters done in back-and-forth Flip-o-Rama, "the world famous cheesy animation technique." 'Nuff said. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this worthy sequel to The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Pilkey maintains the original's satiric, self-referential formula as he revisits fourth-grade pranksters Harold and George, along with their school principal and principle nemesis, Mr. Krupp (aka superhero Captain Underpants). Trouble begins when Harold and George sabotage a science fair and are punished with "The Invention Convention Detention." Bored, the boys collaborate on a comic book about Talking Toilets. To their surprise, the Toilets come to life and Mr. Krupp's alter ego is called into service. Worst of all, even the brave Captain Underpants may be no match for the Toilets' leader, "nearly a ton of twisting steel and raging porcelain" known as the TT 2000. Pilkey illustrates in uncomplicated black-and-white line drawings with washes of gray, and offers "Flip-O-RamaTM," which requires turning a page back and forth for low-low-budget animation ("Don't forget to add your own sound-effects!"). He promises "extremely graphic violence" in scenes of "a giant toilet getting its shiny hiney kicked," ridicules teachers named "Ms. Ribble" and "Miss Anthrope" and decides that the story just wouldn't be complete without "upchucking." Bart Simpson could learn a few things from the subversively hilarious Harold and George, who consider inventing a robot urinal ("The Urinator"), then decide, "They'll never let us get away with that in a children's book. We're skating on thin ice as it is!" Ages 7-10. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6This epic novel opens with an introductory cartoon strip that tells the top-secret truth about how two kids, George and Harold, used the 3-D Hypno-Ring to hypnotize their principal, who now becomes Captain Underpants whenever he hears fingers snaping. In this second adventure, the boys are banned from attending the annual Invention Convention and sent to detention to keep them out of trouble. This, of course, is impossible, so they sneak into the school that evening and tamper with all of the inventions to wreak havoc. They also make copies of their newest comic strip of vicious attack toilets and the daddy monster of them allTurbo Toilet 2000. The copy machine is an invention that duplicates into live matter all images it copies and the attack toilets come to life. The wild story actually comes to a logical conclusion, but it really doesnt matter. The fun is in the reading, which is full of puns, rhymes, and nonsense along with enough revenge and wish fulfillment for every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book. The cartoon drawings and the amazing flip-o-rama pages make this book so appealing that youngsters wont notice that their vocabulary is stretching. Hooray for Captain Underpants! Watch him fly off your shelves.Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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