Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My Terrifying Return to Captain Underpants, Renewing the Underpants Challenge

In April of 2011, I embarked on a quest to read every Captain Underpants book in existence. At the time, that meant eight books. I was able to complete that task at a one-a-day pace, a feat that I took great pride in at the time. To my surprise, the books weren't that bad. I recall concluding with the thought that  the series had received an undeserved bad rap. Sure, some of the humor had been rehashed and reused a few times too many, but the books were reasonably clever and funny in their own way. I went from being a librarian that scoffed at the books' literary merit to a reader that could, at the very least, understand and appreciate the books' popularity.

Well, fast forward almost two years and the long-awaited books 9 and 10 have finally arrived. There are rumors of a book 11 perpetuated by another last page teaser with a coming soon advertisement. I'm not going to believe that rumor until I can actually hold book 11, but since I have managed to fall behind on the series, I can't think of any better use of my time than to renew my Captain Underpants challenge and read books 9 and 10. If book 11 does happen to come out before Dav Pilkey sends the series into another six-year hiatus, I'll be sure to give that a review as well.

Anyway, this is bound to be interesting. It's been a while since I've given these books a close look. I'm curious about whether the books will seem as entertaining as they were before. I'm hopeful, but I won't know until I've given Tippy Tinkletrousers a fair shake. It took long enough to get here.

If you're new to my challenge and would like to catch up; below are links to my earlier posts in this series. Additionally, if you'd like to read along and join me in the fun, feel free to share your thoughts in comment section on my posts.

April, 16, 2011 Today, I Embark on Underpants
April 17, 2011 Book 1: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
April 17, 2011 Book 2: Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets
April 18, 2011 Book 3: Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)
April 19, 2011 Book 4: Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
April 21, 2011 Book 5: Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman
April 21, 2011 Book 6: Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1
April 22, 2011 Book 7: Captain Underpants and Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2
April 23, 2011 Book 8: Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People


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