Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants (Color Collection)
For Captain Underpants fans and newcomers to the series: a boxed collection of the first three books in hardcover and full color. Meet George and Harold, two fourth graders with BIG imaginations. The only thing they enjoy more than playing practical jokes is creating their own comic books about a silly superhero named Captain Underpants. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when their comic-book character comes to life!
Hally is the much loved pet of the Tosis family. They love everything about her except for her bad breath which may bring their happy days as a family to an end — that is until Hally saves the day by bungling burglars! This pun-filled text teams with laughs that come in a variety of smells.
Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis
Hally, the Tosis family dog, suffers from a very big problem: she has terrible breath. This, of course, is a major issue for the family and the Tosis’ entire community, until Hally saves the day! She thwarts serial burglars with her daunting exhalation. The silly and (sort of) gross humor first published in 1994 is available again.
George and Harold (from Captain Underpants) have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice.
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties
Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, hasn't always been a paws-itive addition to the police force. This time, Petey the cat's dragged in a tiny bit of trouble — a double in the form of a super-cute kitten. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust these furballs and remain top dog!
What will the inhabitants of Mousopolis do when invaded by Dogzilla, the larger-than-life (but harmless looking) pooch? Can they reclaim their town before it's chewed to bits? Collages using photographs and paintings illustrate this zany parody of old horror films. Those who enjoy Dogzilla may also appreciate Kat Kong. The titles tell it all!
God Bless the Gargoyles
Gargoyles can be cold and frightening looking to many. In this richly illustrated picture book, angels befriend a group of gargoyles and bring them to life — revealing the warm and loving nature of these creatures.
Las aventuras del Capitán Calzoncillos
Faster than a speeding waistband, more powerful than boxer shorts, it's the first illustrated chapter book about Captain Underpants, America's funniest superhero! (In Spanish)
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Voodoo Vultures From Venus
Another exciting adventure with the humble rodent Ricky and his huge mechanical robot pal. The evil Victor Von Vulture and his army of Voodoo Vultures from Venus are about to take over planet Earth. Only the super-smart tricks of Ricky and his Mighty Robot can send the bad guys packing for home.
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future
Meet Ook and Gluk, the stars of this funny graphic novel from George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the best friends of Captain Underpants. It's 500,001 BC, and Ook and Gluk's hometown of Caveland, Ohio, is under attack by an evil corporation from the future. When they are pulled through a time portal to 2222, they discover a future world that's even more devastated than their own. Now all they have to do is travel back in time 502,223 years and save the day!
The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo
Join these silly rabbits for a little monkey business at the zoo. The Dumb Bunnies may make a mess (or many) in this 4th book in the series. Filled with word play, intentional misspellings, allusions galore, funny signs, and slapstick humor.
It’s hard enough for Oscar to be a "wiener-dog" (you know the kinds that are twice as long as they are high). Add a really dumb, gross Halloween costume, and the other mutt's behavior toward Oscar deteriorates even more. That is, until Oscar saves the day in this funny, off-beat, canine Halloween tale.
A boy and his dog, each with his own thoughts, begin to deliver newspapers before the sun rises. Deeply hued, evocative illustrations document their journey through the quiet morning. As the sun comes up, boy and dog return to bed, satisfied that the job was well done.
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