Tuesday, April 19, 2022

RA RA Read: Captain Underpants and other gross and silly books

Captain Underpants is a super popular series with kids who love gross humor and off the wall silliness. This series appeals most to younger kids, who aren't ready for the more sophisticated humor (if you can call it that) of Wimpy Kid. Generally the cut-off for which readers will enjoy Captain Underpants is between 4th and 5th grade (what Ms. Yingling calls "The Pilkey Line") Some Captain Underpants books are a mixture of text and comics (what I like to call graphic blends), while others are all comics.

In addition to the classic Captain Underpants books, currently being republished in full color, Pilkey has several other series, including the even more popular Dogman which clicks with older students into middle school.

Read-alikes for Captain Underpants (comics)
  • Catwad by Jim Benton
  • Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
  • Once upon a space-time by Jeffrey Brown
  • Edison Beaker Creature Seeker by Frank Cammuso
  • Nico Bravo by Mike Cavallaro
  • Wolfie Monster and the Big Bad Pizza Battle by Joey Ellis
  • Tyrannosaurus Ralph by Nate Evans
  • Max Meow by John Gallagher
  • Investigators by John Patrick Green
  • Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka 
  • Super Potato by Artur Laperla
  • Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence
Read-alikes for Captain Underpants (chapter books)
  • Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist by Jim Benton 
  • Monster of the year by Bruce Coville
  • How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell
Read-alikes for Captain Underpants (graphic blends)
  • Night of the living dead by Hutchison
  • AstroNuts by Jon Scieszka
  • Locker 37 by Aaron Starmer
  • Danny Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon
  • Stick Dog and Stick Cat by Tom Watson
  • Andy Griffiths
  • Mo O'Hara

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