The Girl (age 9) borrowed Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey from her teacher; apparently this book is a big hit in her 4th grade class. She also went crazy buying some new and used Captain Underpants books during the recent family book-buying spree. I will admit that when she brought this book home, I raised my eyebrows and said, "Wedgies, huh?" And The Girl said, "Mom, they're funny, okay?" in that tone that means she's reading it and that's that. (Oh, how I dread the teenage years!) I haven't read this book, and I'm not sure I'll every pick up a Captain Underpants book except to stare at it quizzically, but she enjoys them.
She asked me to ask her some questions because she didn't feel like writing a review, so here goes:
Me: Who's this Captain Underpants dude?
The Girl: He's the principal, Mr. Krupp. Harold and George used the 3-D Hipno Ring to hypnotize him. Whenever anyone snaps their fingers, he turns into Captain Underpants. Captain Underpants saves the day. When anyone pours water on his head, he turns back into mean old Mr. Krupp, and he'll give them detention.
Me: I see. So, tell me what this book is about?
The Girl: Harold and George used the ring to hypnotize their teacher, Ms. Ribble, so they can get better grades. When they hypnotized her, they said not to turn into a wicked wedgie woman. Then they heard a news report that the ring works different on girls, so it does the opposite of what you say. So Ms. Ribble becomes the Wicked Wedgie Woman, and she gives people wedgies.
Me: So how does Captain Underpants figure into this story?
The Girl: He tries to stop the Wicked Wedgie Woman from taking over the world with her robots.
Me: What was your favorite part of the book?
The Girl: Can you include this quote? [The Girl thrusts the book at me.]
The Girl's favorite passage:
Before long, every cop in the city was hanging from a street sign.Me: Interesting. You've made me slightly curious about this book. What else did you like about it?
"Call the National Guard!" screamed the Chief of Police. "Call the Army -- call the Marines -- call a HAIRSTYLIST!" (page 117)
The Girl: In the back of the book, there's an animation thing where you hold the book with your thumb and flip the page back and forth and it looks like Captain Underpants is really punching the robot.
Me: Cool! They don't make books like they used to, I guess.
The Girl: In the old days, you mean? Because you're old.
Me: When did you grow a sense of humor?
The Girl: [Smiles and does the "talk to the hand" movement. I respond by rolling my eyes.]
Me: So why do all the kids like Captain Underpants? I'm assuming you enjoyed the book since you bought a bunch of them.
The Girl: Yes, I did. Because they are very, very, very, very [catches her breath] very, very funny. Humorous. An action-packed adventure.
Me: Do you think grown-ups would like the books, too? Would I like them?
The Girl: No. Because you don't like potty jokes that much.
Me: Actually, I think potty jokes can sometimes be funny. Would your father like this book?
The Girl: No, he's an old grouch.
Me: I hope you're just kidding. At least he doesn't read our posts much.
So there you have it. I actually think I don't want The Girl writing reviews because these conversations are pretty funny. I hope you enjoy them, too.
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Disclosure: The Girl borrowed this book from her teacher.
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