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The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,758 Ratings  ·  1,335 Reviews
Pilkey plays with words and pictures, providing great entertainment. The story is immediately engaging - two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to pull pranks find themselves in big trouble. Mean Mr. Krupp, their principal, videotapes George and Harold setting up their stunts and threatens to expose them. The boys' luck changes when they send for a 3-D Hypno- ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published 2000 by Scholastic Children's Books (first published 1997)
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Pratyusha Bhaskar and it is "stupid" not "stupied". Also, it's "point", not "pont".
Sheirzad So then why did you read it huh? its just for laughs and entertainment so don't hate

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Oct 01, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sita by: My friend Brianna (god it was in year 4), I can't believe I remembered the name. What is it with kids and remembering names when we're little? Or is that just me?
I read this when I was in Year 4, I read it over the holidays and I think I gave it to my little sister (it is now sitting in her bookshelf), but I don't know, there is just something about Captain Underpants and his ridiculous adventures that has me laughing (a lot). I also like the fact that it is basically two storys in one and the author wrote the comic into the story, in the end equals a funny/enjoyable read.
Books Ring Mah Bell
May 01, 2012 Books Ring Mah Bell rated it it was amazing
I heard these Captain Underpants (HAHAHAH! UNDERPANTS!) books have been banned in places.


Foolishness. I can totally understand that some people can NOT handle potty humor. That's cool. But do people really think that kids will read this and be influenced to become "rebels" like George and Harold, the main characters in these books?

Yes, people DO think that because people are dumb.

* sigh *

The boys in the book make comic books that involve their principal, aka CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS
Aug 14, 2008 Heidi rated it it was ok
Well, I can see why boys that this is aimed at love these books. I only read it because it was for banned/challenged/controversial lesson in children's lit class. I avoided them when my little brother read them. The bathroom humor--literally--was never to my taste. But it's a comic book feel and draws in reluctant boy readers. Still, it has so much bad grammar and few if any redeeming qualities...I cringe when I have to recommend them.

Class review: Silly story, appealing to kids who wouldn't wan
Mar 21, 2008 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone. Everyone. I love Dav Pilkey.
Recommended to Matthew by: A 3rd grader.
Shelves: childrensbooks
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! your fearful underpants don't shun;
George and Harold have weather’d every rack, the prize they sought is won;
Evil is near, school bells I hear, children all emoting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
Underpants! Underpants! Underpants!
Ms. Ribble, mean with eyes of red,
Where on the deck my Captain fights,
Professor Pippy Pee-Pee Poopypants cold and dead.
Indah Threez Lestari
629 - 2013

#Program BUBU

Pertama kali dibeli dan dibaca pada tanggal 4 Maret 2010. Untunglah bisa kubeli lagi di Gramedia Matraman dengan harga cuma 10k!


Andaikan saja kamar kosku tidak sebegitu sempitnya, barangkali aku benar-benar sudah tertawa terbahak-bahak sambil berguling-guling di lantai (LOLROTF, literally!). Buku ini kocak banget, cocok untuk melepas stres!

Tapi tentu saja, buat anak-anak rasanya perlu mendapat Bimbingan Orangtua, karena G
Sep 11, 2010 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Here comes that valiant hero, CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” is a popular children’s book from the creative mind of Dav Pilkey and it is about the hilarious adventures of George and Harold as they try to trick their strict principal Mr. Krupp, but their trick ends up backfiring on them! “The Adventures of Captain Underpants” is absolutely one of the funniest books ever created!!!


Man, I am going to be saying that throughout this review! Dav Pilkey has don
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
This was a book I didnt' want to like. I wanted to find it offensive (because the initial premise is just that: the boys make their principal into the main character which is very disrespectful and embarrassing) but I have to admit: the book is funny. Kids love it and if it gets kids to read, then I'm all for it. This book appealed to kids that I take care of that normally either don't read or only read low-level comic books (I am aware that comic books can be art forms in and of themselves but ...more
Brian Hodges
Jan 11, 2011 Brian Hodges rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mg, humor
Seriously? THIS is one of the most frequently banned / challenged books of the past decade because (according to an article I read) "it is said to contain offensive language, to be sexually explicit and to be anti-family." Um... unless we're including the word "poo" on the list of offensive words, and we consider a pudgy middle-aged guy in tighty-whities to be sexual, then... yeah I don't get it. This is akin to the parents of MY generation who wanted to ban Loony Toons because they were apparen ...more
Jun 19, 2010 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children in elementary school
I've read this before, mostly to check out why it was listed as a banned book. I thought it was hilarious and although our girls weren't too eager at first for me to read it to them, they loved it once we got started. It was a fast read, with lots of cartoonish illustrations and it had lots of tongue in cheek humor that I appreciated. It had "potty talk" in there, but not nearly as much as you'd think.

Jan 2012 - Our youngest is in love with these books now. She borrowed the first book from her e
Jun 22, 2015 Ilse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haha I loved this. WHY DIDNT I ACTUALLY READ IT BACK IN THE DAY? Oh yeah I was lazy and thought reading was boring.

The Rusty Key
Oct 26, 2010 The Rusty Key rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Mainly boys, ages 7 to 10, but it could appeal to certain rough and tumble girls as well.

One Word Summary: Impressive.

A fine example of the reason to never judge a book by its cover, (or its illustration-packed pages) if parents withhold Captain Underpants from their kids for fear that it’s not ‘educational enough’, they’ll be depriving them of a witty, loveable, well developed series that could be the one that gets your non-read
Mar 07, 2012 Renee rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
This review consists of 2 parts: 1. My son's review (he's 5) and 2. My review (I'm the Mom). The 3 stars represents the average score between us. He gave it 5 and I gave it 1. For the full review, please visit us at


What I liked and disliked about it:
I like the part where they bring Dr. Diaper to the police station and tie him to the pole with underwear on his head and put a sign on him that says “Arrest me!” I think that George and Harold are funny and
Hunter Norton
Jul 19, 2014 Hunter Norton rated it it was amazing
1. Who is my favourite character and why?
My two favourite characters in this book are George Beard and Harold Hutchins. I say the both of them because they are two fourth grade pranksters, who are best friends and next-door neighbours and feature together throughout the whole story. So that technically makes them valid to be chosen for this question as it wouldn't be right to name only one of them. Anyways, I like them because they have a reputation as "rebels" in their school who are always pul
Jul 24, 2012 Sam rated it liked it
The Adventures of Captain Underpants is the first epic novel in the Captain Underpants series written by Dav Pilkey. The book is about two fourth-grade students, George and Harold, and their comic book hero Captain Underpants. George and Harold are two responsible kids; whenever anything bad happens, they are responsible. In their spare time, they like to write comic books about Captain Underpants; a superhero who dresses only in his underpants and a cape. One day they hypnotize their principle ...more
I Heart Corgis
Nov 20, 2012 I Heart Corgis rated it it was amazing
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Dec 01, 2012 Blair rated it really liked it
Genre: Graphic Novel

Summary: George and Harold are two 4th grade class clowns that created a comic strip company called "Treehouse Comix Inc." where they would produce comics and sell them on the playground at school. The mean principle Mr. Krupp is hypnotized by the boys after being mean to them and turns into Captain Underpants, the super-hero from George and Harold's comic books.

Critique: A. Ability to relate to students
B. The Adventures of Captain Underpants is a very funny and visually app
C.M. Albert
Jan 02, 2013 C.M. Albert rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Unless you have a 5 or 6 year old boy, it's hard to appreciate the pure genius of Captain Underpants. And, seriously, I can't believe I'm reviewing these books, but I'm counting them on my quest to read 100 in a year (because they are big kids' books), so there ya go. I never got the appeal of Captain Underpants, especially after seeing the covers. I just didn't "get" them. Until my son wanted to read them, and then I gave them, all 8 of his first CU books, a shot. This is the first book in the ...more
Inna Shpitzberg
Feb 28, 2014 Inna Shpitzberg rated it it was amazing
My two seven year old beautiful but restless daughters are thrilled with those series, and are constantly reading this aloud to us. So it's their rating, not mine. Now they demand to give 5 stars here to all Captain Underpants books. I think it's about time for them to start their own Goodreads.
Patrick Coman
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Captain Underpants is the first in a series of books by Dav Pilkey. It is a humorous, imaginative and well illustrated book that tells the story of two boys and their teacher in school who they hypnotise into becoming a superhero by the name of Captain Underpants.
We meet, George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two school pranksters. They cause a series of practical jokes that make their school lose a football game. Mr. Krupp the
May 06, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
George and Harold are the heros in this book. They are stereotypical rascals who are constantly locked in battle with awful adults. In this particular book they are in trouble with Principal Krupp and so decide to buy a 3D hypno-ring from a comic book in order to hypnotise him. This goes a bit too far and Principal Krupp ends up believing that he is Captain Underpants.

This book does not lend itself well to whole class reading. It is a graphic novel (although I suppose you could use the visualise
Mar 25, 2007 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: distatefulbooks
I came upon this book when working at a Daycare/Kindergarten program. One of the students had decided to read it for Quiet Time. He asked me to read it. I was unaware as to the content of Captain Underpants book. This is a book that should not be on the shelves for Kindergartners. It is inappropriate and vulgar. It is one thing if your the parent and want your kid to read it. I don't have too much problem with that, but I don't believe that it's appropriate for a kindergarten shelf. The language ...more
Nov 13, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any young reader who wants to be silly
Recommended to Chris by: some silly young reader
Shelves: kids-books
What can I say? If it gets silly enough to keep the attention of my young son reading, It must be a great book. I've read CU and laughed myself silly. My son, 9, has read and re read all the Capt. Underpants books. He's lost track how many times.

Matt's words... "It was a wonder of words. They were the best books I've ever read. I loved it when the building blew up, and Captain Underpants used his underwear to capture the villain. He had to wear a barrel. HAHAHAHA!"
Jan 05, 2013 Kaffa added it
This entire series is a cancerous tumor leaching on every thing considered printed word. That this monstrosity is even considered a novel is a direct insult. I ask all of you, "Shouldn't children read something more dynamic? Would you rather have your children reading the Shannara series, or this book series? Would you rather have your children learn of new worlds and cultures, or just of few potty jokes?" That's what I ask you.
Mar 17, 2016 Kristen rated it liked it
One of my book challenges for the year included reading a book that is often banned. I chose Captain Underpants because it is (along with Harry Potter) one of the most-banned children's books. I suppose because it features two boys who enjoy pulling pranks and causing trouble at school (because, you know, those wouldn't exist if weren't for books like this) and...well...a grown man running around in his underwear.


I also wanted to read it because I buy these for the library--even some of
Bobby S.
Mar 06, 2009 Bobby S. rated it it was amazing
it was a good book but i gave it a good five.
Jessica Rickardsson
Jag utgår från en åtta-åring när jag skriver min recension eftersom det var en sådan jag läste den för. Barnet vill ge boken en femma - jag är lite mer selektiv med mina femmor.

För ett barn som är återhållsamt med bus och värnar om andra är detta en utmärkt bok för sagostunder då den genererar en hel hög med skratt och glada tillrop om saker som hänt eller som kanske kommer. Kapitlen är korta och intensiva vilket ger gott om möjligheter för paus för den som har svårt att sitta still längre stund
Captain Underpants is awesome! It still surprises me when it ends up on the annual top 10 Banned Books List each year.

George and Harold are best friend pranksters who write and illustrate comic books in their spare time. Mr. Krupp, their principal, finally has proof of their tricks (and on tape no less) after a big football game. He uses it to blackmail the boys into behaving and serving as his personal slaves, but the boys dream up a plan involving ordering away for a hypnotizing ring that will
Melissa Foley
Oct 21, 2012 Melissa Foley rated it it was amazing
Its a bird; its a plane; no, its Superman!; wait, no, that is not it either, its CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! In this hilarious part chapter book, part graphic novel, Dav Pilkey tells a story that is to have every child shocked and roaring with laughter. Written in black and white, with bathroom humor and obscene gestures, "Captain Underpants," takes the imagination to a whole new level of inappropriate fun.
The story begins with two trouble-makers George and Harold who delight in causing trouble at both
Ricky Schroeder
Jan 15, 2014 Ricky Schroeder rated it really liked it
This book is very interesting and makes you want to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. I would recommend this book to someone that is bored and wants to read a quick funny book.

The two main characters are just little trouble makers, and the principal is a big mean guy that no one likes but later on he becomes very nice and friends with the two kids and they become nicer too.

This book is about two kids banned from a science fare because last year they disrupted it and ruined a
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

The cover looks silly but for children this is fun. There's humor that's not cheesy or obnoxious, everything from the villain's van saying "The Bad Guys" on it to the bizarre conception of the Captain Underpants comic book. Not actually a story about him, it's the two of two bratty kids who conceive this character and make a comic book out of him, order a hypno-ring to control their irritating principal, and spread general mayhem around school and town. Clever drawings accompany the text, which
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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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