I’d forgotten how much this story pissed me off. Lyra loses her spunk and confidence, Golden Compasses’ world of wonder is subsumed by the modern world of authoritarian evil, the witches turn both ineffective and duped by the sex appeal of powerful men, and Grumman proves hideously untrustworthy. Oh, adolescence, the wool is pulled away and we see the world for its ugly self. Of course, I cannot wait to re-read book 3.
So, there’s a lot to love here. There were laugh aloud and read out loud moments. But I couldn’t shake the thought that Pilkey was writing more here for the GOPs (grumpy old people) than for the kids and his fans. The language feels angry rather than mischievous and jubilant. The story line puts Captain Underpants to bed, perhaps for the last time. Is this Captain Underpants’ Contractual Obligation Album? All the others in the series are awesome fabulous hilarious so, please, read those, and all the love in the world to Dav for keeping kids excited about reading for more than a decade.