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UNIT 13. THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS

CHAPTER 1: GEORGE AND HAROLD

Meet George Beard and Harold Hutching. George is the kid with the tie and the flat-top. Harold is the one with the T-shirt and the bad haircut. Remember that now. George and Harold were best friends. They had a lot in common. They lived right next door to each other and they were both in the same fourth-grade class at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. George and Harold were usually responsible kids. Whenever anything bad happened, George and Harold were usually responsible. But don't get the wrong idea about these two. George and Harold were actually very nice boys. No matter what everybody else thought, they were good, sweet, and lovable... Well, OK, maybe they weren't so sweet and lovable, but they were good nonetheless. It's just that George and Harold each had a "silly streak". Usually that silly streak was hard to control. Sometimes it got them into trouble. But before I can tell you that story, I have to tell you this story. 

 

CHAPTER 2: TREE HOUSE COMIX, INC. 

After a hard day of cracking jokes, pulling pranks, and practising lots of sports such as football, tennis, skating and swimming, George and Harold liked to rush to the old tree house in George's backyard. Inside the tree house were two big old fluffy chairs, a table, a cupboard crammed with junk food, and a padlocked crate filled with pencils, pens, and stacks and stacks of paper. Now, Harold loved to draw, paint and colour, and George loved to make up stories. And together, the two boys spent hours and hours writing and drawing their own comic books.

Over the years, they had created hundreds of their own comics, starring dozens of their own superheroes. First there was "Dog Man", then came "Timmy the Talking Toilet," and who could forget "The Amazing Cow Lady"? But the all-time greatest superhero they ever made up had to be "The Amazing Captain Underpants."

George came up with the idea. "Most superheroes look like they're flying around in their underwear," he said. "Well, this guy actually is flying around in his underwear!" The two boys laughed and laughed. "Yeah," said Harold, "he could fight with Wedgie Power!" George and Harold spent entire afternoons writing and drawing the comic adventures of Captain Underpants. He was their coolest superhero ever!

Luckily for the boys, the secretary at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School was much too busy to keep an eye on the copy machine. So whenever they got a chance, Harold and George would sneak into the office and run off several hundred copies of their latest Captain Underpants adventure. After school, they sold their homemade comics on the playground for 50 pence each. 

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