Wow, that title is quite the mouthful, isn’t it? I’ve heard a lot of good things about Captain Underpants in the past, but Jacob really wasn’t ready for chapter books at that time. I’m really trying to get him more into that type of book, and it’s been difficult. Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers is the tenth book in the series, but the first that we’ve read in its entirety. Jacob expressed interest in the series, and when the chance to review it came in, I thought this would be a great way to get him motivated to read longer books.
About Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers
When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they had been turned into evil zombie nerds doomed to roam a devastated, postapocalyptic planet for all eternity. But why, you might ask, didn’t the amazing Captain Underpants save the boys from this frightening fate? Because Tippy Tinkletrousers and his time-traveling hijinks prevented George and Harold from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Now, having changed the course of human history forever, they’ll have to figure out a way to CHANGE IT BACK.
Well, Jacob and I haven’t read all of the other books yet, so I didn’t know that they were kind of a continuation of each other. Thankfully, they also work perfectly fine as standalone books. When the book arrived, we agreed to read four chapters each night until it was finished. The chapters are relatively short, so this was a reasonable goal. I have to admit, there were times when even I wanted to continue reading to find out what happened next!
One of the things I really love about Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers is the fact that the writing isn’t too childish. With fun alliteration, “big” words that occasionally require looking up in a dictionary for younger kids, and a tone that says “hey, you may be little, but I know you’re smart enough to grasp real conversation and don’t need to be spoken to like a baby,” Dav Pilkey has really nailed writing to an elementary school level.
The book is also engaging, which is extremely important because kids today have so many other options aside from reading. When I was little, I didn’t have unlimited cartoon channels, gaming systems, the Internet, or DVDs. I grew to love reading because I needed an escape from the mundane everyday life, a way to flex my imagination. While Jacob has an excellent imagination, I worry that with all the other options he has for entertainment, books are going to sit on the shelf, only to be pulled out for ten minutes at bedtime. Books like Captain Underpants give kids a way to flex their imaginations, to explore new ideas, and to be entertained at the same time.
Since receiving this book, Jacob has become a massive fan. I actually wrote the majority of this review about a week ago. After that, I went out and got him the first book. He read 72 pages in one day! I was so proud! I suggest checking out the Guide to Reading with Dav Pilkey to learn more about the series.
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