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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
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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
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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.
É F.K. Ó Conghaile
Surprisingly good. Once I realized he started publishing again, I was both excited and worried, expecting more of the same. Most of the books have followed a very similar and repetitive story pattern. While this one has a bit of that, for familiarity, it very quickly expands the story style in its own fun way.

In particular, I worried about how this book includes a past villian, I was worried it would be a repetitive retread with no new ideas. Luckily, I was wrong. While I don't fully remember wh
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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
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Michael Cao
This book is about two boys, Harold and George, who are chased by a time travelling, old foe. The story goes back to their childhood. They were pranksters with lots of time on their hands.

I picked this book up because I loved reading the series as a child and I thought I should continue the series.

I finished the book because the story was so compelling.

I would recommend this book to Clark because he needs to learn how to prank.
Rohan Varughese
This book was hilarious. I feel a little embarrassed to say this(since I am a bit old to be reading this series) but I am a HUGE fan of the Captain Underpants series and I LOVE the potty humor, the weird action and the running gags that go on throughout this series.

This book was the funniest book yet. It did not have much in terms of action and it was basically a prequel to the Captain Underpants books. However it was VERY FUNNY and I was continuously laughing making my peers think I had gone ma
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Rachel Driscoll
What to say about Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of the Tippy Tinkletrousers?" It continues the tale of the two elementary school friends, Harold and George, and their principal Mr. Krupp, aka, Captain Underpants. Mr. Krupp turns into Captain Underpants when someone snaps their fingers, and is turned back into Principal Krupp when water is thrown on his head. As this is a continuing series, the boys and the principal are being thrown into juvie and prison, respectivel ...more
Patricia Stephens
Once again, I have never really taken interest in graphic novels, especially captain underpants novels, because the style never appealed to me. However, there were a few qualities in this book that I thought were different and very fun. The flip-o-rama sections in the book were very entertaining. It was a new way of incorporating illustrations in a book by having the pictures be animated in a way. On one page was one of the characters holding a piece of fabric, and on the next it showed the char ...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
Cameron Devaughn
This is an interesting book but has awesome illustrations. Its interesting how short a period of time it takes Dav Pilkey to write and illustrate each book. Dav Pilkey wrote what seems to be another hilarious story in the ninth Captain Underpants novel. In a hilarious journey the boys have no choice but to face Kipper Krupp, the big bully, on their own. Tormented by Kipper in the past, the boys create a clever plan to defeat the bully, and this plan is filled with many unexpected upcoming events ...more
Binyamin
I think that book Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
by Dav Pilkey is a good book to read (especially if you like heroes in underpants).
The book is about these kids George and Harold who were at a school with this mean principle Mr. Krupp. There were these kids of bullies led by MR. Krpp's nephew. The took lunch money from kindergarteners. Obviously George and Harold took the money and made the bullies scared. From a different story before this one, George and
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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. :)
Oliver
Awesome!! Tippy Tinkletrousers made a giant pants machine. It had a lazer. He made it while he was in prison. He made it secretly by telling the master of the prison that he was going to make a statue. When he finished it he escaped. He did a big battle with captain underpants. In the battle, Tippy Tinkletrousers accidentally froze his machine's own legs. Tippy Tinkletrousers went back in time and escaped. He went 5 years back. Then, kindergarten George and Harold were tricking the bullies. When ...more
Janice
This book takes the reader back in time before George and Harold (who are on their way to prison) had created Captain Underpants and must rely on their own brain power to outwit the bullies.

A fun mix of story and pictures plus graphic novel style in parts.

This story tells how George and Harold met, became friends, why George wears a tie, etc. They have to beat the bully, the nephew of the school principal, to help their fellow kindergarteners.

As my son says, "What's not funny about a superhero
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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
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Amy
Now this THIS Captain Underpants was not like its predecessors. Not at all. For one thing, Captain Underpants is barely featured. Instead it is the story of George and Harold and how they met. I loved this book! Another difference with this book is that it was a heck of a lot longer than the previous books. Well, each chapter was longer, and when you have two boys that require you read 9 chapters a night (the number goes up with each book. The next one will be 10) that makes for quite a long eve ...more
Niina
Elämäni ensimmäinen Kapteeni Kalsari oli paljon parempi kuin uskalsin odottaa!
Don't judge a book by its cover! Voin ymmärtää miksi lapset tästä pitävät. Kalsareita, vessanpönttöjä, alushousujen kiskominen eli wedgie (hassua että tämä ei ole yleinen ilmiö Suomessa, ainakaan minun tietääkseni, ja tämä ei ole siis valitus tai kehoitus sen laajaan käyttöönottoon!) ja aikamatkailua tietenkin.
Hauska oli myös miettiä mitä bussin kanssamatkustajat miettivät kun kaivoin tämän laukustani, luin ja kerran v
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Peyton Jay
This was a pretty long graphic novel for a children's book. This book is definitely meant for stonger readers, like 3rd grade and above. I wish the illustrations were as bright as the front cover ones are, not having them all in black and white. I thought that the story was entertaining, but I'm not a huge fan of graohic novels, so that makes my attention steer away from this book more than usual with other books. All in all, I thought it was an okay book, just not something I would read again.
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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.

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