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Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

(Captain Underpants #12)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,809 ratings  ·  198 reviews
George and Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school, while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day -- then they switch! But it turns out there's something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it's smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks. The boys' malicious gym teacher, Mr. Me ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Scholastic Inc.
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Taco Stocco
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow.... The end of an era (perhaps?).

Captain Underpants has always had a very special place in my heart. I think Pilkey has crafted very amazing books, especially in helping young boys to learn to read (like myself). It is amazing reading these books as adults, there is so much hidden in there that, much like other "children" media such as Pixar movies, they are actually for "all ages".

I think that while this is not the most amazing or fun Captain Underpants adventure, it is probably the most
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Rachel
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
My boys LOVE the Captain Underpants series and have read all the books but this is the first one I've read. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It wasn't nearly as gross as a thought it would be and had some adult humor thrown in that would probably go over most kids heads. For instance, one of the teachers is named Miss Anthrope. There were also some big words (e.g. megalomaniac) that can build up kids' vocabularies. Lastly, I loved that there is a same-sex couple and people of different races ...more
Sara Rad
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I was unaware of this book being banned by several school districts in the U.S. until I researched it. But, I remember growing up and Captain Underpants being one of the funniest and most creative books that kids thoroughly enjoyed. The Captain Underpants series I believe was banned because it could have encouraged disobedience with children and had an inappropriate taste to it, which made it hard to suit for a certain age group. This particular book, the twelfth addition in the series, concern ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
And that's the end of Captain Underpants! It's been a long hilarious, successful journey that has come to a close with little fanfare. I can't say I found this volume as delightful as the usual outings. The silly toilet humour has been pared down and Pilkey sadly sinks to political correctness but it was still a wacky wild ride that tied up the Underpants story while at the same time leaving Harold and George wide open for further adventures ... in time!
Edward Sullivan
Harold is quietly outed.
Clare
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this is the last one in the series! Surely not?! My boys have loved all of these, and I have to admit that I was the driving force behind choosing them as bedtime stories. There is something for everyone in these stories.
I have heard that there are certain districts (?) in the U.S. That have banned these books, which I find utterly bizarre and rather sad. It's hardly graphic violence or pornography, and one can always chose not to buy a book. It's not like it's forced into a chi
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Tranylle
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
...Where to begin with this one. It started out good, had an interesting plot and funny characters. But then we get almost to the end, when George and Harold go find their future selves for help... and it shows that Harold has a husband. Call me whatever you want, but despite the times we live in, I still find that inappropriate for a children's book. When we got to that bit, my 6 year old stopped me and asked if he had heard that right, so we had a little discussion about it. Which is fine, we' ...more
Adrienne Pettinelli
"Before we get into all of that, I should point out that it's impolite to use the word heck. These books have been criticized for their inappropriate language, and we're going to put a stop to that sort of thing once and for all. From how on**, you won't be reading any more words like heck, or tinkle, or fart, or pee-pee."

I hope Dav Pilkey never stops making these wonderfully subversive books.
Stacey
Aug 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
These were so good early on...this one was horrible! My rating is one star but Finian would probably give it five! ;-)
Owen Townend
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm happy to report that this, the proclaimed final book of the current Captain Underpants series, is a worthy ending.

I first picked up The Adventures of Captain Underpants back in the year 2000, attracted by its light take on superheroes and all round silliness. Since then it has had the rare honour of being a series that I have taken through to my adulthood. While the characters are of course fun and memorable, the real reason I've stuck by the Waistband Warrior is that Pilkey's wr
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Edward Davies
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the final Captain Underpants book, and I was faced with the daunitng task of explaining to a five year old why Harold had a husband instead of a wife. Sigh. Still, great fun all round and a sad yet fitting end to the series.
Devin Conway Chatwood
As the mom who had to read this- I loved the song references 🤩 and love how my 5 yo asks questions and can’t wait to read what is next!!
Henry Battrell
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Krista
Sep 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Started out funny. My kids love this series. The book quickly changed with an agenda. Some content should not be in children's books. I'm glad my kids won't be reading any more of Dav Pilkey's books.
Danielle Armstrong
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
One extra star for the inclusion of Harold's adorable future husband!
Alex
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
veary funny book lots of action
Amy
Nov 18, 2015 added it
Shelves: 2015, j-humor
I only ever read the first book in this series, but wanted to read this one because I heard that the future version of Harold has a husband! I was able to follow along even though I haven’t read most of the other books, but oh my gosh - the pace of this book made me feel like I was on meth. The basic plot: the gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, invents a spray solution that makes kids into mindless rule-followers. Harold and George are safe because they have colds and can’t smell, but they know their cold ...more
Josh Blatt
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was about Harold and George and their quest to take down Mr. Meaner. Mr. Meaner had created a spray that would turn kid to all be good and obedient. George and Harold probably being the reason because they were the biggest pranksters and Mr. Meaner hated it. MR. Meaner had first tried it on George and Harold's Clones, Old George and Old Harold. They noticed it when they got home to the tree-house and Old Harold and Old George had brought home and huge amount of home work.So George and ...more
Sarah
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It seems as if this is the end of the Captain Underpants series - oh no! Our hearts sank as we read that the scatological humour was to be toned down in this book (we though that was a joke, but there really is less of it than usual). Never fear - the series is brought to a highly satisfying conclusion. Time travel machinations are dealt with as adeptly as ever, the problem of having two versions of George and Harold is resolved, and we even get to meet a grown up George and Harold. My kids and ...more
Kelly Paradise
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped
Rereading this series as an adult has been fun. The little political quips included in earlier books for the adults were fun.

Plodding through 5 chapters of political commentary/"take that stereotypes of people who hate my books!" that isn't as witty as it thinks it is before actually getting to the story? Decidedly not fun.

I found myself so irritated by this volume being so focussed on insulting strawmans of the people who won't read it any way that I didn't even care what happened to my child
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Alan 김 승 주
The ending... Some weird piece from the remains of "Smart Earth" has been eaten by Harold and George's gym teacher, and he has become super smart. What is going to happen? Will Mr. Meaner take over the world with his smelly starch spray in order to make children his slaves? Or will the future versions of George and Harold and George and Harold and Captain Underpants stop them? What if a combination of food create Mr. Meaner in a powerful sludge-like substance.
Jenni Frencham
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, humor
This was my first foray into the world of Captain Underpants, and I ended up enjoying it much more than I expected. If my to-read list weren't already miles long, I'd probably go back and read the first 11 volumes.
Nick
Jun 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I got halfway until it was revealed Harold was gay. I immediately put the book down and got rid of it. Not okay in a children's story. I felt the rest was good clean fun, but this added nothing to the story and is not something that should have been brought up in these books.
Carlos
Oct 19, 2015 added it
IT was good how the future kids came to the past and helped to destroy sir stink a-lot .
Christie
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: clever
I read this book to see if it was appropriate for my 6 year old after she checked it out at school. In a lot of ways, it wasn't, but not for the reasons I expected. I expected tons of gross-out humour, but what there is is a lot of jokes about politics and media that would mostly go right over a kid's head. I never could decide who the audience for this book really is, because so many of the big jokes are definitely for adults. What kid will get why the critters are named Orlando, Tony, and Dawn ...more
Utena
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the end...?

Wow I am not sure whether to celebrate a wonderful set of books or cry because it is the end of a fun series.

I have to admit it was the movie's trailer that brought down the path of these books. The movie looked fun and I was certain the books would probably be just as fun. I was not disappointed when I picked up the first one that it kept bringing me back for more of Captain Underpants alongside George and Harold. These books kept me in stitches and were the wond
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Stacey
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book as a bedtime story to Brodi. We've read books in the beginning of the series, and missed a few in the middle. But Brodi spent his money on this book at the book fair, so we decided to read it anyways.
Brodi enjoyed it. Me, not as much...
I found it less fun than the previous books we've read. Although I love a good fictional book, this one seemed way too far fetched. Bouncing around from present to future, made it difficult to keep track of the regular character vs. the future o
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Ian
Dec 06, 2017 added it
The finale to the epic series of Captain Underpants was an epic journey! George, Harold, and Captain Underpants were finally at peace, they thought. A new enemy emerged, there gym teacher. He had able to get powers by a mysterious rock that came from another planet in space. He had a plan to stop all kids from being annoying, and disrespectful. He was turning kids into nice respectful slaves with a spray that only effects kids. George, Harold, and Captain Underpants had to stop him from turning ...more
Holli Keel
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
We accidentally read this one out of order, so it was confusing in parts, since it was a continuation of the previous book we haven't yet read. Without spoiling anything, I loved that Pilkey introduced a man and his husband without fanfare or commentary. Just another relationship like any other. 👍🏼

I've read reviews where parents are like, "I don't want to have to explain that to my kid!" Or "what am I supposed to say to my kid about this?!" I didn't have to say anything. One guy had a wife, the
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Robert
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
And, I'm done.

The series finished on mostly an upbeat after a couple rough outings.

A mixture of soda, pop rocks, and something else caused an explosion from far away. Bits and pieces of that explosion went off throughout the galaxy. One piece crashed through the roof of the pysch ward where all the teachers were housed. Mr. Meaner, the gym teacher, touched it and gained powers. He was now evil and turned the teachers evil too.

The yesterday George and Harold we
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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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