Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12)

Series: Captain Underpants

by Dav Pilkey, Illustrated By Dav Pilkey

Scholastic Inc.
September 2015

Ages 7 – 18 . Grades 2 – 12

Library of Congress: 2015005667

Lexile measure: 800L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: R



George and Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school, while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day -- then they switch! But it turns out there's something rotten in the state of Ohio, and it's smellier than a pile of putrid gym socks. The boys' malicious gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, has created a method of mind control that transforms their fellow students into attentive, obedient, perfect children. Now the future of all humanity is in George and Harold and Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold's hands!
Dav Pilkey

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won. He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in 1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children's, and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future and Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, both USA Today bestsellers. The unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids. His stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted. Dav loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.


  • The critics are CRAZY about UNDERPANTS!

    "Irresistible." -- Entertainment Weekly

    "Call Pilkey... the savior of the 'reluctant reader.'" -- USA Today

    "For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book." -- School Library Journal

    "Subversively hilarious." -- Publishers Weekly

    "Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action." -- Booklist

    "Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted." -- The Educational Book and Media Association



Most people in Mr. Meaner's position would use their newfound genius brains to end world hunger and bring peace to humanity. But these were the last things on Mr. Meaner's increasingly magnificent mind. Mr. Meaner was still a gym teacher at heart, you see. And as everyone knows, most gym teachers are inherently evil.

"It occurs to me," said Mr. Meaner, "that our recent problems have all been caused by willful and disobedient children. If we are to rectify this aberration, we must proceed with prudence and acumen!"

"I'm not sure what those words mean," said Ms. Dayken, "but I agree one hundred and thirty nine percent!"

"Me, too," said the other teachers simultaneously.

"Then you must follow my every command," said Mr. Meaner. "You must all return to your jobs and go about your business as usual. Nothing is to look suspicious."

"B-but we want to be evil, too," Mr. Rected whined.

"Patience, my dear minions," said Mr. Meaner with a hideous sneer. "There will be plenty of time for that in the days to come!"