Now that Kora is 7 and Logan is 6, they’ve entered the silly stage of childhood. They finally get jokes. They love telling them as much as they do laughing at them. In fact one of their favorite gifts at their last birthday party was a joke book. That’s why when I heard about the new Captain Underpants book I knew they would love it.
We hadn’t read any prior books in the series but the timing of the release of Captain Underpants & The Revolting Revenge Of The Robo-Boxers couldn’t have been better.
We haven’t finished the book yet and can’t wait to get to the end to see what happens. Even I’m caught up in it!
I have to say that I’m more than a little impressed at the writing in this book. The author, Dav Pikey (who I was excited to learn is from Elyria, Ohio!) does a fantastic job with word play. He isn’t afraid to use a large vocabulary (misdirection), a lot of alliteration (a mini-mountain of molecularly modified ice), made up words (Reverse-Somgobulating Tracto-McFractionalizer), and even some silly humor (the Purple Potty is a homemade time machine) which all make the book really fun to read.
I thought both the large words and the made up ones would be stumbling blocks for Kora & Logan but they are just as wrapped up in the story as I am. If they don’t understand a word they simply ask, I explain and on we go. It makes me happy that this book is growing their vocabulary and is one that we will be keeping around for quiet a few years because I’m sure as their vocabulary grows every time they read it, the story will seem a little bit different.
As an English major, it’s rare for me to be so blown away by word usage in a children’s chapter book. So I was excited to find that Captain Underpants is not only very funny but incredibly well written too. I also love that the chapters are short and each one ends in a bit of a cliffhanger which encourages kids (and adults) to keep reading to find out what happens next.
I also like that there’s a great collection of resources on the Scholastic Site through a Guide to Reading by Dav Pilkey.
We’ve all enjoyed this book so much we can’t wait to go back to the first book and start from the beginning.
I was also excited to see that there is a Captain Underpants app for the iPad where kids will find the entire first book, “The Adventures of Captain Underpants,” in full color and high resolution.
The app offers full narration, allows kids to play interactive games, play hilarious sounds or record their own, create an avatar, discover their own silly Captain Underpants name, and more. It looks like a lot of fun and the perfect app for those Captain Underpants fans out there.
We are now avid fans of the Captain Underpants series, between the impressively written and funny books, the app, and the amount of information, games, and fun on the official Captain Underpants site there really is something for every child and adult alike.
I love reading Captain Underpans & The Revolting Revenge Of The Robo-Boxers with Kora & Logan and sharing the story, laughs, and time together. We’ll be one of the first in line to buy the next book as soon as it comes out!
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