Reviews for Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers

Booklist Reviews 2012 September #1
It's been six years since the last new Captain Underpants book, or approximately two-thirds of the lifetime of the primary audience of the riotous and impudent series. This ninth, and penultimate, entry combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action. An introductory (and misspelled) comic by best buddies and Captain Underpants creators George and Harold brings everybody up to speed, and readers will quickly devour the trademarked Flip-o-Rama action, omniscient narrator play-by-play, and plentiful black-and-white drawings depicting the quick defeat--or so it would seem--of an evil and familiar-looking Tippy Tinkletrousers. The rest of the pages are spent flashing back to George and Harold's early days in Piqua, Ohio, explaining how they met, how George got his flattop, and how, on behalf of kindergartners and their lunch money everywhere, they defeated some bullies with such brilliant tactics as replacing their deodorant with jalapeño cream cheese. Think kids will LOVE this? As Pilkey's best-selling characters would say: "Doyee!" HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: With more than 50 million books in print, there's no shortage of Captain Underpants fans. Expect a one-million-copy first printing for this one, along with an author tour and a TV commercial. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Tippy Tinkletrousers goes back in time five years and wreaks havoc (while readers are meanwhile treated to an origins story of how Harold and George first met); the pair must find a way to change back the course of history that was altered. These ninth and tenth installments are loaded with the series' entertaining cartoon-infused balance of pranks, humor, and absurdity. [Review covers these titles: Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers and Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers]

Kirkus Reviews 2012 July #2
Sure signs that the creative wells are running dry at last, the Captain's ninth, overstuffed outing both recycles a villain (see Book 4) and offers trendy anti-bullying wish fulfillment. Not that there aren't pranks and envelope-pushing quips aplenty. To start, in an alternate ending to the previous episode, Principal Krupp ends up in prison ("…a lot like being a student at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, except that the prison had better funding"). There, he witnesses fellow inmate Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) escape in a giant Robo-Suit (later reduced to time-traveling trousers). The villain sets off after George and Harold, who are in juvie ("not much different from our old school…except that they have library books here."). Cut to five years previous, in a prequel to the whole series. George and Harold link up in kindergarten to reduce a quartet of vicious bullies to giggling insanity with a relentless series of pranks involving shaving cream, spiders, effeminate spoof text messages and friendship bracelets. Pilkey tucks both topical jokes and bathroom humor into the cartoon art, and ups the narrative's lexical ante with terms like "pharmaceuticals" and "theatrical flair." Unfortunately, the bullies' sad fates force Krupp to resign, so he's not around to save the Earth from being destroyed later on by Talking Toilets and other invaders… Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel. (Fantasy. 10-12) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 July #3

A toast of "non-alckaholick wine" to the ninth Captain Underpants novel--and to Dav Pilkey's refusal to coast. In fact, the title is something of a red herring since the true centerpiece of this installment is a lengthy flashback to "exactly five years, eleven days, fourteen hours, and six minutes ago," when mopey kindergartner Harold Hutchins first met precocious George Beard, who sports an awesome Afro instead of his usual flattop. The boys face a nasty nemesis in the form of Kipper Krupp, the bullying sixth-grade nephew of Principal Krupp, but since Principal Krupp is years away from becoming the world's greatest superhero, it's up to the boys to defeat Kipper on their own. Their intricate and ingenious plan incorporates (and this is a short list) locker sabotage, fear of the paranormal, cheerleaders, pizza deliveries, a huge pair of pants, and the creation of the seminal comic "The Advenchers of Dogman." Pilkey dials back the toilet humor considerably, but plenty of naughtiness is still afoot (there's an extended riff on the hilarity of turning a "Brake Inspection" sign into "Bra Inspection"), and egregious misspellings abound. Supa! Ages 7-up. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr 2-5--This installment in the dependably goofy series picks up with George and Harold, who have been wrongfully accused of crimes committed by their evil twins, now in juvie. However, they soon travel back in time to kindergarten, courtesy of the troublemaking Tippy Tinkletrousers. Their biggest issue now is that they are stuck as kindergarteners and they don't have Captain Underpants to save them from Kipper Krupp, the sixth-grade bully. Will they be able to beat him on their own? Pilkey holds true to the formula his readers love, with clever cartoons throughout the book and plenty of humor. In spite of the fact that this is a very silly book, Pilkey does also manage to include some anti-bullying messages. It's sure to be a hit with beginning chapter-book readers, particularly fans of the series.--Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, VA

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