Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
When the Incredible Robo-Plunger defeated the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, George and Harold thought their toilet troubles were over. Unfortunately, their porcelain problems were only beginning . . .
Just when you thought it was safe to flush . . .
The Turbo Toilet 2000 strikes back! The carnivorous commode known for devouring everything in its path has built up a real appetite . . . for REVENGE! Join Captain Underpants for another epic showdown of Wedgie Power vs. Potty Power as our tighty-whitey-wearing superhero GOES TO ELEVEN!

MY TAKE:
I've seen Captain Underpants books at bookstores for years and though I've always been interested, I wasn't sure enough that I'd enjoy it so I never bought one.

In Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000, George, Harold and Captain Underpants have returned to the present but now they must face off against the Turbo Toilet 2000. Will they beat the terrible toilet?

While this book is part of a series, you don't need to read the previous books to understand the story. There's a summary of the events so far at the start of the book via a comic drawn by characters George and Harold. As you would expect from children, the cartoons are amateurish and have spelling mistakes. However, they do the job and become endearing after awhile.

I thought that the entire book would be like a graphic novel, but it's more of a book for early readers, with illustrations on every page. This makes for easy reading and helps the reader visualize the story better. I especially liked the fliporama parts of the book. This is when there would be two drawings drawn a page apart and you just flip back and forth between the two to create the illusion of movement.

The story is funny and lots of kids would find it interesting. The characters were also okay for me, though, I'd probably liked them more if I had seen how their characters developed over the past few books.

Thanks to NetGalley and Scholastic for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. The book is funny.
  2. The comics and fliporama part are interesting.
  3. Kids will enjoy this even if they're not too fond of reading. 

THE BAD:

  1. The illustration style may not work for everyone. 

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child likes comics.
  2. Your child likes funny books.
  3. Your child likes characters that go on interesting adventures. 

RATING:
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