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Oct 27 2014

Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 by Dav Pilkey

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Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781743625989
(Ages 7 - 13) Highly recommended. Captain Underpants series is back in its 11th instalment. Dav Pilkey hasn't changed a thing in the way he delivers an action packed ridiculous adventure with the most unlikely of heroes and villains so obscure the names have to be enormous.
The Turbo Toilet 2000 wants revenge for what happened in the previous historically documented episode of Captain Underpants. This villain is known for devouring everything and anything in its path and this time it's built up a real appetite. The fate of all of humanity is once again in the hands of our unlikely heroes, George and Harold and their annoying nemesis Melvin Sneedly. Can the boys once again defeat the Turbo Toilet 2000? Can they save all of mankind from the disasters that are imminent?
The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 is a must for primary school library shelves. The 220 pages will be devoured by most kids quickly with the typical style of Dav Pikey book lending to short pages and weirdly engrossing silliness. Like the sanitized for your protection section where a graphic fight scene takes place that is way too nasty for any children's book. 4 year old guest illustrator and his 71 year old commentator Nana are brought in to describe the battle in a way that will make anyone giggle.
I thoroughly recommend the Captain Underpants series and The Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 is as awesome as any of its predecessors. Its style is great for a developed reader who just loves the series to an emerging reader making the move to novels.
Steve Whitehead

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