If you’re into silly stories and jokes about bodily functions and picking noses, you’ve love Dav Pilkey’s series of books about Captain Underpants. The plot sees Mr Krupp, a school principal, being hypnotised into believing he is a superhero called Captain Underpants who fights crime in his underpants. Every time someone clicks their fingers he turns back into his alter ego.
The series is recommended for readers from about 7 to 9 years old, but all ages are known to be fans of these laugh-out loud books. In fact, they’ve got lots of praise for turning reluctant readers into super-keen page turners.
Youll find a huge collection of Dav Pilkey’s books in our BorrowBox collection of ebooks and audiobooks to download for free. We’ve got extra quantities of many of them so you shouldn’t ever need to wait to listen to or read them.
You’ll need to be a member of Hampshire Libraries to use our BorrowBox service. You can join online instantly – we’ll give you a temporary membership number so you can start listening and reading today. And if you’re already a member but you’ve lost your membership number or PIN, you can get a reminder emailed to you straightaway too.
And if you can’t read or listen to books online, you can use our click-and-collect service Ready Reads, to ask for a selection of books to be picked out for you to collect from your local library.
Here’s more about some of the books in our Dav Pilkey ebook and audiobook collection:
George Beard and Harold Hutchins are a couple of class clowns. The only thing they enjoy more than playing practical jokes is creating their own comic books. And together they’ve created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school: Captain Underpants! His true identity is SO secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is! Download the first in the series as an audiobook to listen today.
George and Harold are usually responsible kids — but whenever anything bad happens, George and Harold are usually responsible! This time, their latest prank backfires, and they accidentally invent an army of terrifying talking toilets. Luckily, they know a superhero with enough snap in his waistband to save the day. Download the second in the series as an audiobook to listen today.
When George and Harold’s latest joke causes the school’s cranky cafeteria ladies to quit, Mr. Krupp hires a trio of unusual replacements — who happen to look an awful lot like aliens. Will that curtain-caped crusader, Captain Underpants, save the day once more? Or will those outer space cafeteria ladies have him for lunch? Download the third in the series as an audiobook.
Oh dear - George and Harold’s latest practical joke has driven their science teacher over the edge, and their clueless principal, Mr. Krupp, has quickly hired a replacement: Professor Pippy P. Poopypants. Of course, George and Harold can’t resist making fun of the Professor’s silly name. But then the Professor retaliates by forcing everyone in town to change their own names to be equally silly — with colossal consequences. Download the fourth in the series as an audiobook.
Harold and George are back and this time they are presenting the saga of two crazy kung-fu caveboys, Ook and Gluk, raising hell in 500,001 BC. Download this new adventure as an ebook today.
You might be interested to know that author Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD when he was at primary school. He says that his teachers didn’t know how to deal with him so he used to get sent out into the hallway a lot.
He says that choice is key to getting reluctant readers started and that letting children choose their own books and practice reading for fun can be life-changing. He reckons that it doesn’t matter what kids are reading and that they can even read the same books over and over again if they want. The most important thing, he says, is to make reading a habit. He says that studies show that kids who make a habit of reading for fun do better at school and, more than that, they become kinder and more empathetic.