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The Adventures of Captain Underpants

(Captain Underpants #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  46,645 ratings  ·  2,605 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-Ri ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published 2000 by Scholastic Children's Books (first published September 1st 1997)
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Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
George and Harold were usually responsible kids. Whenever anything bad happened, George and Harold were usually responsible.

I am not the target audience for this book. However, much like Goosebumps, I cannot help but have a lot of gratitude for a series which got so many kids reading.

Harold and George are a couple of Ohioan pranksters who write, illustrate, distribute and sell homemade comic books called "The Amazing Captain Underpants" about a superhero in his skivvies who fights crime and mons
Sep 15, 2011 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. ...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
May 01, 2012 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

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
Mariah Roze
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this a super long time ago. I can't even remember if I liked it haha ...more
Spencer Orey
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This really cracked my kid up. Funny with good mischief. And it aged pretty well for a book from the late 90s.
Mar 21, 2008 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.
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
Brian Hodges
Jan 05, 2011 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
[Shai] Bibliophage
I know I'm old to read this because it is intended for young kids; I can't control my hands on getting copies of this series. This is a children's book, however the humor is slightly older so adults, such as I, could appreciate and have a good laugh while reading this. ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-readers, 2017
A pretty entertaining comic-starter for the youngins. Not something to be taken seriously, and actually kind of funny at times. A very entertaining read about how two boys who love pranks, create the ultimate prank.
Raghav Bhatia
Sep 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
*ahem ahem*

Annoyingly good this was. Not all potty humor, though that constitutes most of it.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
My kids loved these back when they were in elementary school! I read this as part of a "Banned Book" challenge and I really don't see why this was so offensive, even for little kids. People will get their noses out of joint for some of the silliest reasons.... ...more
Jun 17, 2015 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.

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
Jun 17, 2010 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
Mar 25, 2007 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
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original was a blast...but it's even more fun in color! ...more
Mar 07, 2012 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
The Rusty Key
Oct 26, 2010 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
Kristy K
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A great book to read with or to children.
Melissa Chung
Every night I read to my children something. It could be an adult book, classic, middle grade or even a comic chapter book like this one. My 12 year old is obsessed with Captain Underpants and so I'm starting the series.

George and Harold are two 4th graders who like to prank their classmates and rile up their principal Mr. Krupp. They are also wildly imaginative and came up with a series of comics called 'The Adventures of Captain Underpants'. They print these treasures out at school and sell th
Lucy Banks
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
My two boys think these books are the FUNNIEST things ever. As you might imagine, there's plenty of toilet humour and silliness, but also some very clever plays on words etc. Only one little bugbear - the inaccurate spelling throws my youngest off sometimes, and means he spells the words wrong himself!

Well worth reading with kids aged 5-9ish?
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hah I used to read my brother's Captain Underpants books.. tra la la la ...more
Jul 24, 2012 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
C.M. Albert
Jan 02, 2013 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
Kayla (onthefritz)
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

I never read these when I was younger, but my daughter watches the show and picked out these books when we were at the store. I never actually knew the story of Captain Underpants until I watched the show, so I wasn't sure if the show went and did its own thing, or if it followed the book.

Well... seems to me that it definitely follows the book, which is SO funny with all the multimedia aspects (the comics, and the Incredible Graphic Chapters).

I read this book to my daughter for be
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
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cute and funny, with great artwork. This thirty-year-old kid at heart loved it.
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
This is a really fun and ridiculous book, but even as an adult I enjoyed it and could feel why it was appealing to kids.

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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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  • Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (Captain Underpants, #4)
  • Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman (Captain Underpants, #5)
  • Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1: The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets (Captain Underpants, #6)
  • Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers (Captain Underpants, #7)
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