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Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets: The Second Epic Novel Paperback – Feb 1 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc (Feb. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590634275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590634274
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14 x 19.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In this worthy sequel to The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Pilkey maintains the original's satiric, self-referential formula as he revisits fourth-grade pranksters Harold and George, along with their school principal and principle nemesis, Mr. Krupp (aka superhero Captain Underpants). Trouble begins when Harold and George sabotage a science fair and are punished with "The Invention Convention Detention." Bored, the boys collaborate on a comic book about Talking Toilets. To their surprise, the Toilets come to life and Mr. Krupp's alter ego is called into service. Worst of all, even the brave Captain Underpants may be no match for the Toilets' leader, "nearly a ton of twisting steel and raging porcelain" known as the TT 2000. Pilkey illustrates in uncomplicated black-and-white line drawings with washes of gray, and offers "Flip-O-RamaTM," which requires turning a page back and forth for low-low-budget animation ("Don't forget to add your own sound-effects!"). He promises "extremely graphic violence" in scenes of "a giant toilet getting its shiny hiney kicked," ridicules teachers named "Ms. Ribble" and "Miss Anthrope" and decides that the story just wouldn't be complete without "upchucking." Bart Simpson could learn a few things from the subversively hilarious Harold and George, who consider inventing a robot urinal ("The Urinator"), then decide, "They'll never let us get away with that in a children's book. We're skating on thin ice as it is!" Ages 7-10.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6This epic novel opens with an introductory cartoon strip that tells the top-secret truth about how two kids, George and Harold, used the 3-D Hypno-Ring to hypnotize their principal, who now becomes Captain Underpants whenever he hears fingers snaping. In this second adventure, the boys are banned from attending the annual Invention Convention and sent to detention to keep them out of trouble. This, of course, is impossible, so they sneak into the school that evening and tamper with all of the inventions to wreak havoc. They also make copies of their newest comic strip of vicious attack toilets and the daddy monster of them allTurbo Toilet 2000. The copy machine is an invention that duplicates into live matter all images it copies and the attack toilets come to life. The wild story actually comes to a logical conclusion, but it really doesnt matter. The fun is in the reading, which is full of puns, rhymes, and nonsense along with enough revenge and wish fulfillment for every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book. The cartoon drawings and the amazing flip-o-rama pages make this book so appealing that youngsters wont notice that their vocabulary is stretching. Hooray for Captain Underpants! Watch him fly off your shelves.Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Their teacher, Ms. Ribble might say that George and Harold were 'disruptive' and 'behaviorally challenged.' ...But if you ask their parents, they'd probably say that George and Harold were smart and sweet, and very good-natured...even if they were a bit silly at times. I'd have to agree with their parents."
Dav Pilky's affectionate, "epic novel" further chronicles the adventures of George and Harold and their principal, Mr. Krupp, who turns into heroic "Captain Underpants" whenever someone snaps their fingers. Pilky unapologetically presents toilet jokes, body part jokes (the boys switch a sign from "pretty armchairs" to "hairy armpits"), and brazen disobedience at school. That's a warnng to potential buyers who can't stand this kind of juvenile humor.
But the book is for juveniles (and those in touch with their inner juvenile). Pilkey's silly jokes, gimmicks (FLIP-O-RAMA), and self-referential chapter titles are inspired insipid fun, and not nearly as violent as the Three Stooges. More mature children will appreciate Pilkey's skewering of the traditional kids' book and his celebration of low-tech, non-glossy gimmickry.
Oh, and not that it matters, but the evil Talking Toilets are defeated by the "Photo-Atomic Trans-Somgobulating Yectofantriplutonic-zanziptomiser" (or PANSY). 139 pages of fun and lowbrow humor. By the way, just in case you need to defend this book from literary watchdogs, tell them that "Publishers Weekly" called the first book in the series ("The Adventures of Captain Underpants") "the funniest book of the year."
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The attack of the talking toilets is about two boys, named Harold and George who hypmotized there princibl Mr.Krupp so when ever sombody snaps there fingers he turns into captain underpants TRA-LA-LAAA!!! and captain underpants was faster then a speeding waistband more powerful than boxer shorts and able to leap tall buildings with out getting a wedgie oh sorry anyway what happens is this kid named Melvin and he was this smart geeky kid and a contest was coming up so he built this thing called the pasty two thousand and it mayed stuff drawn on paper into real things so Harold and George put there comic book on it and it turned the talking toilets into real things and somebody snaped there fingers and guess what happend Mr.Krupp turned into captain uderpants and well I'll tell you this he defeats all the toilets but then the boss toilet comes and I won't tell you if he defeats the boss toilet or not so you'l haft to find out by reading the book so get that book and sit down and read it, so that's all I'll tell you well see ya.
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By A Customer on March 5 2001
Format: Paperback
Ithink everybody in the world should read this book. Gorge And Harold are boys they get in trouble because they always change signs and mess up the inventions. It's funny because he runs around in his underwear. It's cool because he fights Talking toilets. There's Flip-its and cartoon characters. There are five books in all. The fights are cool because that's were the Flip-its come in and they lift each other up and smack them on the ground. THey even punch and kick. Captain Underpants is by Dav Pilkey. George and Harold always get in trouble from the principal. THey're funny because once they made a sign that said , "Joe's furniture, come and see our pretty armchairs," say, "Joe's Furniture, come and see our hairy armpits!" For inventions, once they made a girl's automatic dog washer, wash the audience instead. Once they had to write a letter to their mean principal because they were always bad. I think it's a good book because it's funny, cool they fights are especially cool because they flip-its make it look like it's moving.
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Format: Hardcover
lord, if you can't laugh at these books, YOU CAN'T LAUGH! Dav rocks, and "Talking Toilets" is one of the funniest. like bloom county meets the muppets meets calvin and hobbes, the running gags get funnier as you recognize them, until it's like you're laughing with old friends.
let's be honest, it's been a long time since good ol' fashioned silliness ruled like this. this is the second best of the series, with "Professor Poopypants" being the best, by far. after that one, you'll be renaming your entire family tree (you'll understand when you read it).
better yet! get the boxed set, and enjoy the free whoopie cushion.
last thing, if you think these are fun, check out "The Halo-Weiner," who...incidentally, makes a cameo appearance in "Poopypants."
4 stars only because it's over too soon...
yours in the fight to preserve all that is pre-shrunk and cottony,
"pinky chucklebutt"
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2013
Format: Paperback
With the second book in the series, Pilkey picks up steam and presents a totally hilarious story. Following the same formula as the first book, this one ups the fun factor with a couple of comic sections and two Flip-o-ramas. Funnily enough toilet humour is limited to the presence of toilets and there were laugh out loud moments even for me! Book one was just OK however with the second outing for Captain Underpants Pilkey doesn't hold back and we get to see that he's fully capable of: making kids laugh, with outrageous silliness and humour of a kind that kids and adults will get on different levels. These books really helped my learning disabled reluctant reader become interested in reading and while not Newbery Medal material, this is what kids, and some adults, actually enjoy reading! Fun! I hope the next one continues on this level.
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