Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

by Dav Pilkey


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George and Harold have played a trick or two on nearly everyone at Jerome Horwitz Elementary. When their latest prank 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439049962
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Series: Captain Underpants Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 27,532
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

As a child, Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books.

In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

Dav has gone on to create award-winning and bestselling books for children. His Captain Underpants series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide and has been translated into more than 28 languages. In 2017, DreamWorks Animation brought the character to the silver screen in the feature film adaptation Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Netflix is now streaming The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV show.

Dav’s latest creation, Dog Man, continues to be a #1 New York Times bestselling series with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide and translations available in more than 21 languages. Dav is also the creator of the Dragon series, the Dumb Bunnies series, Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book.

Dav lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Top-Secret Truth About Captain Underpants
1. George and Harold
2. The Evil Space Guys
3. Fun with Science
4. The Setup
5. Mr. Krupp's Krispy Krupcakes
6. What Happened Next
61/2. Here Comes the Goop!
7. The Wrath of the Cafeteria Ladies
8. Captain Underpants and the Night of the Living Lunch Ladies
9. Quittin' Time
10. Busted!
11. Brown Baggin' It
12. The Bottom of This
13. He Doesn't Believe Them
14. It's Too Late
15. The Incredibly Graphic Violence-- Chapter, Part 1 (in Flip-O-Rama)
16. The Assault of the Equally Evil-- Lunchroom Zombie Nerds
17. Oh Yeah?
18. Space Slaves
19. The Big Switcheroo
20. The Great Escape
21. The Deliriously Dangerous-- Death-Defying Dandelion of Doom
22. The Incredibly Graphic Violence-- Chapter, Part 2 (in Flip-O-Rama)
23. The Twenty-Third Chapter
24. To Make a Long Story Short
25. Back to Normal?


An Interview with Captain Underpants

Barnes & Did you always want to be a superhero -- or did you just "fall into" this job?

Captain Underpants: I've fallen into a lot of things in my life, but this job was not one of them. I was born to wear underwear and fight crime!

B& Did you have to undergo any special training to be a superhero?

CU: All you need to be a superhero is a heart that is pure, a mind that is strong, and underwear that is fresh!

B& You're always smiling! Don't you ever get irritated at George and Harold for causing so much trouble?

CU: No, those two boys have been a real help to me. I think every superhero needs a good sidekick. You know, Batman has Robin, Superboy has that flying dog thingy with the cape, and I have George and Harold. The only thing is that "George" and "Harold" don't sound like good names for superhero sidekicks. I've tried to talk them into "Fleegle" and "Buttercup," but, well, they're stuck in their ways, I guess.

B& How has all the publicity you've received from starring in Dav Pilkey's books changed your life?

CU: Well, I get recognized all the time. In the old days, when people saw me coming they often ignored me (or screamed). Now, they know my name and ask for autographs. They've always got requests, too, like, "Will you give my husband a wedgie?" It's great fun!

B& Do you have any dreams of starring in movies like some of your fellow superheroes have?

CU: Maybe.... I'm not sure who could play my part, though. Obviously, Leonardo DiCaprio is the first actor to come to mind (the physical resemblance astounds even me!), but I'm not sure he'd be up to the stunt work.

B& Who's your favorite superhero?

CU: Me! If I've learned anything from Whitney Houston, it's that "learning to love yourself is the greatest..." uh, something something something....

B& What do you like to do in your spare time (when you're not fighting crime)?

CU: A crime fighter's job is never finished! But on my breaks, I enjoy swimming and bowling (often at the same time, which really annoys the guys down at the bowling alley).

B& Don't you get cold running around in just your underwear?

CU: Nope. Wedgie Power keeps me warm!

B& Do you have any advice for kids who would like to join in your fight for "Truth, Justice, and all that is Pre-Shrunk and Cottony"?

CU: Yes. See my answer to your second question.

B& Well, thank you, Captain Underpants. I know you have plenty of bad guys to catch and millions of other things to do, so I'll keep this, and just say that it's been a pleasure meeting you -- and that you're an inspiration to everybody who wears underpants! (Jamie Levine)

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Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Harald and George make mean comic books about the lunch ladies.They said to the principal I quit.The principal found new lunch ladies, they were aliens.They put something in the food to turn the kids into zombies.Harald rememberd that in a snap the principal would turn into captain underpants.They beet the aliens and sent them back to there planet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a best book
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book ... funny
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that a book should have alot of funny parts. This is a great book to read. I read all the other Captian Underpants. The book has a strange beginning . Aliens land on earth thats a old beginning. That is alot of books and they are comming out with more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate samples
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Crazy long title huh? This series is weird. I keep saying that but still. Fun too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The great thing about these books is they are funny for the kids and include some adult humor. The story telling is so imaginative and entertaining. Some of these stories are a little gross (like book 6), but that is 3rd and 4th grade humor for you. This one is not in that catagory, it is just funny and witty.My son enjoyed it and so did I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very funny. I liked the power juices. Giving the super power juice to Captain Underpants when he was attacked by the giant dandelion was a very good idea. I think this book was much funnier than the first two.I liked this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great because it's funny and action packed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think its a great book for kids with lots of adventure and comedy
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
George and Harold continue their 4th grade year after accidentally hypnotizing their principal to believe he is a superhero known as 'Captain Underpants' and in this time three aliens land on the school roof, fool their way into becoming lunch ladies, and turn students into zombie nerds. The many misspellings and unbelievable plot progression have me cringing every other page, but the book is heavy with grade school bathroom humor and consists of many short chapters. It's also possible to read the book in sections or to read just the comic book parts--all important things to many grade school reluctant readers. Hopefully most kids will find the spelling errors humorous and be inspired to create comic books of their own. Good "bring 'em in" book for a library. I'd recommend to reluctant readers in grades 2-6 and to younger readers who may be reading comfortably, but who are not at a maturity level for full chapter books.
herebedragons on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#69, 2006Another Captain Underpants book, and this one lived up to the usual standard. Funny, lots of toilet humor (which tends to go over well in my house), and (of course!) Flip-O-Rama! In this installment, aliens come to Piqua bent on world domination, and take over the cafeteria, turning the students into Zombie Nerds. Can George, Harold and (Tra-la-LAA) Captain Underpants save human civilization from almost certain destruction? 8/10 (for the right audience, that is).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 1st grade son loves these books. Just the right amount of "potty" humor, but not too over the top. He LOVES the Flip-o-rama pages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The granda boys read it over and over!
codplayer1997 More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good children's book. I think that Captain Underpants is a very silly character he is the principal of the school Mr. Krupp. When children snap their fingers he changes into Captain Underpants. In this Captain Underpants Version the evil lunch ladies try to take over the school with their magical food. This books genre is fiction. Dav Pilky is the author of this book and the whole series of Captain Underpants. He is a Great author. The location of this story is in a Elementary school. I recommend this book for any kids under 10 years of age. For the parents it would be a silly book to read.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
We love the Captain Underpants books here, the kids for their silliness (and yes, gross humor) and the parents because these books have gotten our autistic son excited about reading and more importantly talking about reading, like no other. He eagerly snatches up the new book and runs over to show us which new sign Harold and George are going to mix up and turn into something gross this time. We've even caught him reading his Captain Underpants books-by choice! Now our daughter loves reading-anything--so getting her engaged isn't as hard. She, too, loves these books for their high giggle factor. In this third book (intimidatingly titled "Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)" ) finally brings Harold and George, creators of both the comic and real Captain Underpants and major prankster, into full hero roles as one of their pranks (a sciency one!) leads to them being the only students not turned into evil zombie nerds by alien invaders. So they and their principal, Mr. Krupp as his heroic alter ego, Captain Underpants, must save the world, and the school, from total destruction. Despite their sometimes destructive and often naughty ways it's stories like this which prove Harold and George and sweeties (and heroes) at heart. This is probably our favorite Captain Underpants story so far. Recommended for: 6-12
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Do you like humorous books. Well, if you do Captain Underpants is a good book to read. It is a book for upper elementary kids. There is two characters that get in trouble all the time. Those two boys are the people that made up Captain Underpants. Also they help Captain Underpants when he fights evil. In this book Captain Underpants is trying to stop these evil lunch ladies from taking over the school. If you want to find out if Captain Underpants beats the lunch ladies, you have to read the book. You should read Captain Underpants because it is an easy to read book. I enjoyed Captain Underpants because there was a picture on every page.
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