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review 2018-07-18 02:00
Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers - Dav Pilkey
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

What in the world did I just read? I never thought I would see the day when I didn't enjoy a Captain Underpants book. I am honestly questioning reality right now.

I'll start by saying I have enjoyed the Captain Underpants series since I was a child. I read and reread my beat up paperback copies many, many times. I only had the first five or six, so (as a grown up) when I saw there were more in the series, I reread my copies (again) and then started on the new ones. I have enjoyed all of the books so far. 

Then there was this one.

I think anytime a series deals with time travel, it is tricky business. The various timelines and stories often get confusing and disjointed. This story is no exception. 

What starts as Tippy Tinkletrousers' revenge story suddenly turns into a complete backstory of George and Harold's blooming friendship which takes up most of the book. More on that later. Then the last few chapters jump back to Tippy's storyline and the book ends in such a ridiculously dumb way. (I can only imagine that what we are supposed to think happened did not actually happen although the ending was still gross even if it was misdirection.)

Onto George and Harold's friendship. Are you kidding me, Dav Pilkey? What the f was that? I am all about half-naked superheroes and talking toilets. I like wedgie humor and hilariously awkward names. I even think squishies are kind of funny in a mean way. But to suggest that the way to deal with bullies is to a) not tell adults b) bully them back with tons of pranks and c) make others question their masculinity by planting "feminine" items in their possession, is just ridiculous. A kid actually pees himself in response to George and Harold's actions and we are supposed to cheer them on? Come on, Pilkey, what are you doing? I know you don't take your work seriously and it's all in good fun, but come on, man, get it together. 

Not only was this book harmful, it was also just confusing. Not well told at all. Even the randomness that is characteristic of the other Captain Underpants books just didn't work in this one. 

I am so disappointed in this book. 

I have the next few books in the series so I will continue to read it but I am really hoping that they get better than this. Don't let me down (again), Pilkey.
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review 2018-04-06 15:43
Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) - Dav Pilkey

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I really enjoyed this book. It is awesomely entertaining. 

I grew up reading the Captain Underpants and Super Diaper Baby series and loved them. As an adult I read The Adventures of Ook and Gluk and didn't like it as much. It didn't have the same appeal to me. So I was a little hesitant about trying a new series by Dav Pilkey. I picked up this book from the library to see if I'd like it.

Long story short, I did. 

It is fun and entertaining. It's weird and disgusting and creepy: classic Dav Pilkey. Yes, there is gross stuff, but it's all in good humor and let's be real, it's hilarious. There are also lots of misspellings, but that's not all that surprising. For those who say they love Captain Underpants, but didn't like the intentional misspellings in this one clearly forgot that misspellings were a big thing in Captain Underpants as well. Yes, they were contained in the comics rather than the text of the book, but they were definitely still there. This one is set up as a graphic novel, so it is all in comic form and the misspellings are all over. Use it as a teaching moment or exercise for your kids to figure out which words are spelled wrong. It's still readable and makes the book relatable for kids. 

A great read. I can't wait to continue the series.

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review 2018-01-12 01:04
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future - Dav Pilkey,George Beard,Harold Hutchins
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There was nothing necessarily wrong with this book. It was entertaining and funny to the degree I expected of a George Beard and Harold Hutchins original.

However, I think Dav Pilkey kind of wrote himself into a box with the Captain Underpants/Super Diaper Baby series. The book greatly lacked the gross-out humor of the other books. It was still good, but I missed that raw disgust I felt when Super Diaper Baby literally fought a piece of poo or when Captain Underpants got eaten by a giant toilet. There was a little, tiny glimmer of gross stuff in this book, but it pretty much just stopped at purely-liquid puking (that really just looked like water). This may sound weird, but as a grown-up, I wanted this book to be grosser.

Having said that, I still liked the story. It was still ridiculous like the others with a weird, all over the place plot. But I would say this one relies more of awesome-ness elements (cavemen, dinosaurs, kung-fu, time travel) than gross-out humor.
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review 2018-01-10 01:28
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People - Dav Pilkey
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If you thought the last Captain Underpants book was weird, you ain't seen nothing yet. Time travel, alternate realities, and more hypnotism, this is definitely a strange one. A very entertaining read with all the same things that made you fall in love with these books in the first place (the cheesy jokes, the toilet humor, and most of all, the flip-o-rama).

A quick and funny read. 
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review 2017-12-18 00:30
Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part Two: Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers Pt.2 - Dav Pilkey


If Part 1 of The Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy was the grossest book in the series, this one is by far the most ridiculous. It's got everything from time travel and body switching to a catchy dance craze. And it's great. 

Very funny and silly just like the other Captain Underpants books. It ties up the plot from Part 1 nicely while also setting up the next book. 

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