Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants, #9)
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Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Captain Underpants #9)

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Tra-la-laaa! Captain Underpants is back in an all-new epic adventure that's the zaniest, funniest, outrageousest, and time-travelingiest yet!

When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they were under arrest and headed for prison. Then Harold foolishly uttered the fateful words "What could be worse than going to jail for the rest of our lives?" and changed the course o...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Steve
Tra-la-laaaaaaaaaaaa! Captain Underpants returns, and he's bigger than ever, with this oh-so-epic installment cracking the 300-page threshold! (My heart sang when I saw it on the shelf at the store - my boys cackled with glee when I brought it home. Even my wife smiled, somewhat begrudgingly....) And, never fear, Pilkey Brand flip-o-rama action - also found in Ricky Rocatta's Giant Robot - returns, which, of course, as George and Harold warn, is intended "for those of us who aren't very mature"...more
Chris
The thing that makes Captain Underpants so brilliant, so funny, and so popular with so many readers is not (just) the potty humor, names like Warden Schmorden and Director Schmector, and paragraphs like:

"MY NAME IS NOT PROFESSOR POOPYPANTS!" screamed the angry villain. "That was a ridiculous name! So I changed it to Tippy Tinkletrousers!"

It's not (just) the interactive, patented FLIP-O-RAMA pages where the action scenes come to life. It's not (just) that the books often include comics by protago...more
Elizabeth
I usually enjoy Captain Underpants. They're predictable, but they have that clever self-awareness. I was really uncomfortable with the gender stuff going on in this one. When our heroes get even with the bullies, they put dresses, dolls, and friendship bracelets in their lockers and they send text messages (allegedly from the bullies) about tea parties and such. I don't like insulting boys by implying they're girls or girlish.
Debbie
Captain Underpants, book #9.

Thanks to a time machine built by Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants), we travel back in time to before Harold and George met and discover how they became friends, and, well, see the end of the world. It's the last book...until the last book comes out!

Another silly, smarter-than-it-seems installment in the hilarious Captain Underpants series. Highly recommended to kids of all ages.
Robin
The first Captain Underpants in years and years!

The beginning is rather slow and boring (uh-oh) and I began to fear that this would turn out to be Captain Underpants' contractual obligation album. Hang in there, dear readers! Once we go back in time and George and Harold take over the story line, phew! Laffs! Action! Fans of the series will be rewarded. I even laughed OUT LOUD in chapter 32.
Sigal
This review was originally posted on my blog. www.lilcornerofjoy.blogspot.com

My children discovered Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants books when my son was in second grade. Cuddling together on the sofa, I read the stories to the kids, complete with vocal effects. I often found myself laughing out loud at Pilkey’s more subtle expressions of humor and getting surprised glares from the kids. They got the potty jokes, the superhero flying about in his underwear battling lunch ladies and purple pottie...more
Taco Stocco
I think what has made the Captain Underpants series of books resonate so well with so many different generations of readers is that the books are funny, do not take themselves seriously, and the stories have a ton of heart masked behind the potty humor and dumb jokes. For me, these books are my childhood and will always hold a special place in my heart. The same things that I loved about these novels still holds true, the main characters beating the bullies, the hilariously complex stories that...more
Farouk Abu Alhana
Action! Pranks! Laffs!

I was introduced to my first Captain Underpants book sometime around the time I was eight years old. And after having aged by nearly thirteen years, the latest in the series still manages to put a smile to my face. :)
Miriam
Hey, kids -- Pinky Lizardchunks here again.

This is the first Captain Underpants book I've read that I didn't first read way back in the third grade. I was very pleased to find that Dav Pilkey's unique comic genius has not waned in the last mumblesomething years. This book is significantly longer than the older ones, which was also welcome for this fully-grown reader of mumblesomething years!

Ending on a cliffhanger is kind of a jerk move, but I guess it's understandable for the penultimate book...more
Swankivy
More of the usual hilarity with a surprisingly subversive message for the older crowd sometimes. Pilkey uses a fair number of large words in this volume--refreshing that he doesn't talk down to kids, you know?--and I love how he repeatedly compares life in prison to everyday life in school. The book also contains great lines like the following: "He proudly bragged about his great humility, confessed his intense hatred of intolerant people, and spoke for hours about his legendary brevity." And th...more
Ms. Yingling
At the end of Captain Underpants And The Preposterous Plight Of The Purple Potty People (2006), Mr. Krupp (aka Capt. Underpants) was imprisoned for robbing a bank, and George and Harold were in the Piqua Juvenile Detention Center for the same crime. We find, however, that thiswas supposed to happen but did not. When Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) invented a time machine, his interference changed the course of world events. To understand how this happened, we see Tippy create his...more
Cassie McCown
My seven-year-old has just gotten interested in these books, and this was our first. In the beginning I was a little irritated because the "comic book" part is written by the kindergarteners and of course, the spelling and punctuation is ALLL wrong. Yes, as an editor, it makes me crazy. But, when I let myself move past that (somewhat), I found this is really a cute story and it teaches a lot of good lessons along the way.
Harold, one of the main characters, doesn't really have any friends and is...more
Davin Sukhu
"Captain UnderPants and The Terrifying Return Of Tippy Tinkletrousers" is a hilarious book! In the beginning of the book Mr.Krupp, a.k.a Captain Underpants, George and Harold are going to jail for something they didn't do, robbing a bank. Meanwhile, back in jail, Mr.Krupp can't take anymore orders, just after that, he meets Tippy Tinkletrousers and Tippy tells him to give him a wrench. Mr.Krupp lost it. he started to yell at Tippy, but just after, he askes Tippy what he is doing. Tippy says he...more
Jennifer Rayment


Jake's Review: I think its totally awesome that mom got to meet the dude who wrote Captain Underpants. The C.U. books were the first set of books I read to myself without my parents help. I still remember how they used to read them to me at night too when I was a baby -- and btw Mom and Dad used to fight over whose turn it was to read that night (mom used to play the I gave birth to him and it really hurt argument). This book was really funny and I liked how you found out how George and Harold b...more
Dolly
Oct 31, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children starting to read graphic novels
This is another hilarious book in the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey. Our girls really like these books and insist on reading them independently (so I don't have the excuse that I read the book with them, but I enjoyed reading it, too!)

The humor is quite juvenile and the storyline is somewhat predictable, but we all really liked it. Our girls especially like the Flip-O-Rama pages and often argue over who gets to read the book first. I liked the anti-bullying message of the story, altho...more
Francesca Porter
This is the ninth book in the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey.

The book starts with a summary of the story so far; it introduces the main characters, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, as well explaining who Captain Underpants is, and how he came by his Superpowers:
Mr Krupp is the Head teacher at George and Harold's school; you discover that George and Harold like to pull pranks which upsets the staff and the very serious, very boring Mr Krupp. One day George and Harold hypnotise Mr Krupp...more
Jeff Raymond
I'm a big booster of Captain Underpants for a lot of reasons - it's potty humor, which I love. It's smarter than it looks, which I appreciate. It's great for reluctant boy readers, which is so important. And it irritates a lot of adults, which is just icing on the cake.

The Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers is the beginning of the end of the series. The book has been in the works for perhaps 5 years now, and while the book has the feeling of the return of an old friend, the reality is tha...more
Melissa
"Poor Mr. Krupp. He had been locked up at the Piqua State Penitentiary for months, and the life of a jailbird just wasn't his thing. All day long he had people bossing him around. He ate nutritionally deficient, horrible-tasting meals in a filthy cafeteria. He got bullied constantly by a bunch of meat-headed thugs, and he spent his days doing menial "busy work" in an overcrowded, poorly ventilated sweatshop. Mr. Krupp was told when to eat, when to read, and when to exercise. He even had to ask p...more
Joy Kirr
Visiting grandkids this weekend, Gabe wanted us to read this to him. (He'd not read any of the others...) While it had some mature content (? "Free Bra Inspection" ?), I can see that these books would be great for RELUCTANT readers. The vocabulary is high, and the concepts are abstract, but Gabe (in first grade) was able to understand most of it, and was highly engaged. Me, not so much... For kids, I'd give it 3.5 stars. For me, I'd give it 2 stars.
David V.
Received as an ARC via my employer Barnes & Noble. OK, you ask, why is a 68-year old reading a kids' book. Well, first of all, the series is funny. Second, it's written from the viewpoint of 2 fourth graders, and that view is very interesting. Third, many of the jokes, wordplay, etc., go over kids' heads, and last, my grandkids love me to read it to them.The villain Tippy Tinkletrousers was formerly known as Professor Poopypants but felt that name was ridiculous!!!! The author writes about t...more
April
My son and I just finished this one Sat. night. It is the longest of the books and I loved the twist that it had to it. In this one, we get to read about George and Harold in Kindergarten, how they first met and how the comics came to be. Since my son is in Kindergarten, he thought it was pretty cool to read about the boys also in the same grade. There is the same humor as all of the other books, but I think I have to say that this is my favorite of all of them so far. The tricks that the boys p...more
Nicola Mansfield
Every Captain Underpants book is called an "epic novel", well, this time Pilkey has certainly presented fans with "the" Epic Captain Underpants novel. It is huge for a start (over 300 pages) and the plot is so convoluted it contains about three stories in one! This has got to be the best book in the entire series and I've already read book 10, but this one makes me want to read #10 again just to follow what happens next. After six years between books 8 & 9 being published, Pilkey put everyth...more
Audrey Maran
Reading this book to a 4 year old was my first experience with Captain Underpants. I was surprised with how well it amused both me and the child. One thing that frustrates me with books written for children (and cartoons, nowadays for that matter) is that they are written as if the children have no capability of understanding a story unless every word is 6 letters or shorter. Captain Underpants uses vocabulary way beyond the age the book is intended for, but in a way that a young child can use c...more
Jason
A fantastic story for kids. My daughter loved this, featuring comics and flip-pages where you rip the page back and forth really fast for the fight scenes.

The story itself is pretty funny and explains the risks of time travel using banana pies.

Great title too. hehe
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
George and Harold can turn their Principal, Mr. Krupp, into Captain Underpants. Since this is book #9 in the series, you probably already know that. You probably even know how they do it and how they turn him back into Principal Krupp. But did you know about George and Harold BEFORE Captain Underpants? George and Harold actually met in Kindergarten.

In Kindergarten their teachers are mean, the bullies are mean and their principal is mean. When George rescues Harold from a run-in with sixth-grade...more
Tandie
The newest installment in the Capn Underpants series. My youngest,7, thinks they're just as funny as all my other kids did.

My three sons have all loved reading these Captain Underpants books. Even my husband laughed when he read the to the kids. I remember my grandmother Barbara, who used to be a school teacher, complaining about these 'disgusting books for kids'. I gave my kids that look that communicates "Say NOTHING!" I'm sure it's completely unacceptable for many of her generation & I re...more
Eric Black
I could have gone a lifetime without these books. I'm sure I lost brain matter reading them.
David Molnar
The penultimate peril! Truly epic and stuff. This is, by the way, the only book in goodreads that comes up when you search on "tinkletrousers". I learned a lot about spelling, science, (the "Banana Cream Pie Paradox") and, of course, ethics. This is the 9th book in the series, and I found it remarkably relevant. Pilkey is not just going through the motions; this story has a place, builds on previous work, actually manages to continue character development this far along, and sets the table for w...more
Kalin Alba
i loved it, but there were some parts where it could've been better.
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David "Dav" Pilkey (b. March 4, 1966), is a popular children's author and artist. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.

More about Dav Pilkey...
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1) Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Captain Underpants, #2) The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (Captain Underpants, #4) Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds (Captain Underpants, #3)

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