So, the last book ended with all the fate of humanity killed and the only chance of hope stomped on by a giant but familiar zombie nerd. That ending was another reason for my big rating with the ninth book: It cleverly goes back to the previous novels and looks back at itself: at what events would've happened if Captain Underpants didn't intervene and what events would not have happened if Captain Underpants wasn't born from a hypnotized principal. And with the last of humanity crushed, I wanted to know if the space-time continuum would give our heroes a race against time or something where you'd feel the ripple of time on the back of your neck as you read. This is not what happens. The book starts off with an explanation to a little trick the author used to fool us, and while the Captain Underpants books have always been weird, the trick will feel weird and false even to children. There's also a moment that involves going back in time and freezing people, but this kind of ice apparently thaws instantly and it's like time stops rather than freezes skin, and I don't think kids will get over that flaw, either. Afterward, though, the book picks up, reopening back to the battle against Captain Underpants, George, Harold and their two pets, their bionic hamster and extinct pterodactyl. It jumps a little into prehistoric times for a little while, and plays the story that I was expecting to happen in Book 9. There, George and Harold teach cavemen fun and teamwork, perhaps giving off the explanation of the first cave drawings and takes the route that the third Ninja Turtle film from 1993 took, showing what I just mentioned off to a whole new colony. Plus, the first Captain Underpants villain learns his weakness, which briefly adds some extra tension.
Events happen so on and so forth. I think this was one of the most clever chapters in the Captain Underpants franchise, but when it comes to showing off these events on a good-bad ratio, I think they're 50-50. Or maybe 55-45. One example of 50-50 is it gives off an irrelevant showing in the first part of how grown-ups are boring slugs in which kids wonder if they were ever kids too. It then goes back to the book and later on explains this in a surprising twist. However, during the explanation, there's dialogue that is pretty coincidental for the time. Two men say how 30 years ago, they blah blah blah while two others listen in the distance. I just didn't think that it had to be explained. A song for the piano that is invented at the end also makes the book's writing seem a little tired.
But did I hate the book? no, and I may change the rating from 2 to 2 1/2. Really, this is a book that's a mixture of thumbs up and down. A coin toss of a book. It is very cleverly plotted, and literately flawed, so give this book to toddlers if you haven't already and let them be the judges rather than me. See if they follow the advice to not read this book with the smile they want, in fear of having to read something different.