Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers: The Ninth Epic Novel

Hardcover | August 28, 2012

byDav PilkeyIllustratorDav Pilkey

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Tra-la-laaa! Captain Underpants is back in an all-new epic adventure that's the zaniest, funniest, outrageousest, and time-travelingiest yet!

When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they were under arrest and headed for prison. Then Harold foolishly uttered the fateful words "What could be worse than going to jail for the rest of our lives?" and changed the course of human history.

In this ninth epic novel, Dav Pilkey takes readers back in time to the carefree days of kindergarten, when the worst thing George and Harold had to face was NOT evil mad scientists or alien cafeteria ladies but a sixth-grade bully named Kipper Krupp, the nephew of their clueless school principal. And because George and Harold don't actually invent Captain Underpants until fourth grade, the two clever kindergartners are on their own-using their brains to beat the bully.

Hold on to your UNDERPANTS-the Captain is back!

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Tra-la-laaa! Captain Underpants is back in an all-new epic adventure that's the zaniest, funniest, outrageousest, and time-travelingiest yet!When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they were under arrest and headed for prison. Then Harold foolishly uttered the fateful words "What could be worse than going to jail for the rest o...

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.56 × 5.71 × 0.74 inPublished:August 28, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545175348

ISBN - 13:9780545175340


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real EPIC Captain Underpants Book Every Captain Underpants book is called an "epic novel", well, this time Pilkey has certainly presented fans with "the" Epic Captain Underpants novel.  It is huge for a start (over 300 pages) and the plot is so convoluted it contains about three stories in one!  This has got to be the best book in the entire series and I've already read book 10, but this one makes me want to read #10 again just to follow what happens next.  After six years between books 8 & 9 being published, Pilkey put everything he had into this book; it is absolutely hilarious.  Taking us into a future that was meant to be, a future that could have been and the one that really happened.  We also go way back to when George and Harold were in kindergarten and first met.  The majority of the book takes place within this storyline and is fantastic!  I just loved it!
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tra la la amazing Jake's Review: I think its totally awesome that mom got to meet the dude who wrote Captain Underpants. The C.U. books were the first set of books I read to myself without my parents help. I still remember how they used to read them to me at night too when I was a baby -- and btw Mom and Dad used to fight over whose turn it was to read that night (mom used to play the I gave birth to him and it really hurt argument). This book was really funny and I liked how you found out how George and Harold became friends. The pranks they played on the bullies were hilarious -- but a little scary at times. I liked the comics that George and Harold created and I think I want to make my own comics now. The stuff I didn't like was that there were barely any flip o rama's and at times the story was kinda scary and sad. I can't wait till mom scores me the next book! Jake's Rating: 8/10 Mom's Review: I have been a huge fan of the Captain Underpants, and Dav Pilkey, since my sister introduced them to me when my son was born. Being the awesome aunt she is, she bought my newborn son the first three books in the series for us to read to him. Well, we waited till he was 3, but from the first page the whole family was hooked. We recently introduced them to Jesse, who is 3, and well, another fan is born. My highlight of going to BEA this year was being introduced to the man himself and receiving a signed copy of this book. This installment is a wee bit darker than previous stories, but still showcases Pilkey's wonderfuly wickedl sense of humor. The man truly understands what entertains middle school readers (lots of potty humour and showcasing parents as morons), while at the same time emphasizing the importance of standing up against bullies and what a true friend is. I enjoyed the back story about how George and Harold became friends and I am now counting down the days until the 10th book comes out. Mr Pilkey -- I love you and hope you enjoy Canada when you come to visit -- Captain Awesome will take good care of ya! (Sorry I cannot make it as my dh dragged me to the other side of the country to live -- and well you know what -- how about you come and visit Calgary too -- we need you out here!) Mom's Rating: 9/10 I recieved a signed copy at the Captain Underpants event at Book Expo America 2012 (Yes it was my highlight of the event)
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from captain underpants book9 preview Tra la la in the beging Gorge and Harold have created the greatest super hero in the world CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS! now the captain is back and thogeter they face teir silliest apponet yet tippy tinkle trousers ahhhhhh! sometimes being a super hero is not all exept to be captain underpants and the terrifying return of tippy tinkle trousers
Date published: 2012-07-13

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"Encourage kids to be creative without worrying about being perfect." - Dav Pilkey

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Praise for Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy TinkletrousersA #1 Globe & Mail BestsellerA #1 CBC BestsellerA Quill & Quire BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerA Publishers Weekly Bestseller"Pilkey's mix of illustrated adventure and gleeful potty humour has proved irresistible to readers ages 7 and up." -Entertainment Weekly*"Pilkey dials back the toilet humor considerably, but plenty of naughtiness is still afoot...and egregious misspellings abound. Supa!" -Publishers Weekly, starred review"This ninth, and penultimate, entry combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action... Think kids will LOVE this? As Pilkey's best-selling characters would say: 'Doyee!'" -Booklist"Pilkey holds true to the formula his readers love, with clever cartoons throughout the book and plenty of humor." -School Library Journal