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The killer underpants : a Jiggy McCue story
Lawrence, Michael, 1943 September 14-
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
132 pages ; 22 cm
Jiggy has a devil of a time with a new pair of underwear that refuses to be removed and which, when they start rippling and itching, cause strange things to happen.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 3.0 61276.
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Jiggy McCue hates having to wear new underpants, especially the hideously ugly pair that his mom picked out. But that's just the beginning of his troubles. First of all, they won't come off; second, they itch like crazy. And whenever they start to itch, Jiggy's thoughts become other people's commands. Can Jiggy get to the bottom of his possessed pants before it's too late? Join Jiggy, Angie, and Pete-the Three Musketeers-in this hilarious, all-too-brief escapade.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Jiggy McCue, protagonist of Lawrence's Poltergoose (Dutton, 2002), is back in this far-fetched adventure featuring-literally-the underpants from hell. The trouble begins when the boy's mom buys him a pair of wildly patterned briefs at the local flea market. The minute he dons the wacky pants, they cling to his form like Saran wrap. When he tries to remove them, they tighten their grasp with a spiteful persistence. The alarmed and embarrassed Jiggie turns to his friends Pete and Angie for help. Try as they may, they cannot remove the nasty knickers either. To make matters worse, Jiggy is suddenly overcome with an unbearable itchiness in his nether regions. He offhandedly tells Pete to "Go flush- [his] head down the toilet." Imagine his surprise when Pete does just that. Apparently, anyone in earshot must obey the wearer's commands during this itchy state, and Jiggy uses his new power to get revenge on various enemies, including a bully classmate. He finally tracks down the merchant who sold the bewitched briefs to his mother and the guy turns out to be Lucifer's kid brother, up to no good. Jiggy eventually figures out that the only antidote is heather, which he promptly stuffs down his pants with good result. In the end, poetic justice rules when the aforementioned bully steals the undies, unaware of the consequences. Aside from the ridiculous plot, constant references to and the preoccupation with Jiggie's unmentionables seem cheap and somewhat perverse. Stick to Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic) for more wholesome fun.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.