An action- and machine-filled follow-up for fans of the first novel with just enough of an open ending for a potential...


From the Nadya Skylung series , Vol. 2

The adventures of Nadya Skylung and the crew of the cloudship Orion continue.

Nadya and her friends are still reeling from the loss of Mrs. T, the crew’s skylung, who kept the cloudship afloat through the tending of a garden. Moreover, Nadya also lost her leg after the events that closed Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue (2018). Now the Orion is headed to the port city of Far Agondy, a steampunk wonderland, for repairs and to deliver their three pirate prisoners. But as the ship is about to dock, a sudden explosion provides cover for the escape of the prisoners. Indeed, intrigue swirls around Far Agondy, where there’s been a rash of child kidnappings. After Nadya herself is nearly kidnapped, the crew puts a plan in place to thwart them. Seymour paints a realistic picture of Nadya’s adjustment to the loss of her leg; even her can-do optimism sags as she contemplates the reality of living without it. Adding emotional texture is a breach in her friendship with crewmate Pepper. The cast is racially diverse—indicated by references to skin tone and naming convention—and descriptions do not have the exoticizing feel occasionally present in the previous book. Seymour describes his research on what it’s like to be an amputee in the acknowledgments.

An action- and machine-filled follow-up for fans of the first novel with just enough of an open ending for a potential sequel. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: June 25, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5247-3868-6

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2019

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Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel.


From the Captain Underpants series , Vol. 9

Sure signs that the creative wells are running dry at last, the Captain’s ninth, overstuffed outing both recycles a villain (see Book 4) and offers trendy anti-bullying wish fulfillment.

Not that there aren’t pranks and envelope-pushing quips aplenty. To start, in an alternate ending to the previous episode, Principal Krupp ends up in prison (“…a lot like being a student at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School, except that the prison had better funding”). There, he witnesses fellow inmate Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) escape in a giant Robo-Suit (later reduced to time-traveling trousers). The villain sets off after George and Harold, who are in juvie (“not much different from our old school…except that they have library books here.”). Cut to five years previous, in a prequel to the whole series. George and Harold link up in kindergarten to reduce a quartet of vicious bullies to giggling insanity with a relentless series of pranks involving shaving cream, spiders, effeminate spoof text messages and friendship bracelets. Pilkey tucks both topical jokes and bathroom humor into the cartoon art, and ups the narrative’s lexical ante with terms like “pharmaceuticals” and “theatrical flair.” Unfortunately, the bullies’ sad fates force Krupp to resign, so he’s not around to save the Earth from being destroyed later on by Talking Toilets and other invaders…

Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 28, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-545-17534-0

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 20, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2012

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Dizzyingly silly.


From the Captain Underpants series , Vol. 11

The famous superhero returns to fight another villain with all the trademark wit and humor the series is known for.

Despite the title, Captain Underpants is bizarrely absent from most of this adventure. His school-age companions, George and Harold, maintain most of the spotlight. The creative chums fool around with time travel and several wacky inventions before coming upon the evil Turbo Toilet 2000, making its return for vengeance after sitting out a few of the previous books. When the good Captain shows up to save the day, he brings with him dynamic action and wordplay that meet the series’ standards. The Captain Underpants saga maintains its charm even into this, the 11th volume. The epic is filled to the brim with sight gags, toilet humor, flip-o-ramas and anarchic glee. Holding all this nonsense together is the author’s good-natured sense of harmless fun. The humor is never gross or over-the-top, just loud and innocuous. Adults may roll their eyes here and there, but youngsters will eat this up just as quickly as they devoured every other Underpants episode.

Dizzyingly silly. (Humor. 8-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 26, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-545-50490-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: June 4, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2014

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