Are you waiting impatiently for the Captain Underpants movie and looking for some silly hi-jinks and caped capers? Well, never fear! The library is here!
In our house, we have often checked out all the Dav Pilkey books we can carry—from picture books parodies, Dogzilla and Kat Kong, to the terrifically transitional Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot series and all of Captain Underpants' epic adventures. I'm a hard core Ricky Ricotta fan. My son says he loves Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers the best and will occasionally ask me to read it to him, but between you and me, I think he just likes to make me say "Tippy Tinkletrousers" over and over again.
When you are finished with those, try the other George and Harold comics: Dog Man brings to life the ultimate crime fighter – the head of a police dog fused to the body of his human partner – who chases gangster Petey the Cat through a few short stories. In Dog Man Unleashed, Petey breaks out of jail and Dog Man finds himself up against an evil pet fish that he bought for his boss.
And if you thought the Dog Man series was over the top, George and Harold (and Dav Pilkey, of course) really stretch themselves with the crazy plot twists in The Adventures of Ook and Gluk. Who doesn't love a book about time traveling cavemen with a little martial arts thrown in for good measure?!?
While there is no one quite like Captain Underpants, here are a couple more books that hit the sweetest of combinations, interesting enough for a kid reader and gross enough to gross out your mom:
Rocket and Groot are stranded on Planet Strip Mall and have to escape from raccoon eating toilets. Need I say more?
The 2017 edition of Ripley's Believe It or Not may not have a guy blowing snakes out of his nose on the cover, but it is still has the oddest stuff out there.