Einstein's Underpants by Anthony McGowan

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A brilliantly funny and utterly inventive tale of useless superheroes and disgusting aliens from the acclaimed Anthony McGowan, ideal for boys of 9-11.


Einstein's Underpants by Anthony McGowan

An alien spaceship heads for Earth, intent on finding a new (human) food source after gobbling up a couple of cosmonauts in orbit...

A meteorite heads for Earth, unknowingly set for collision ...

An underground volcano on Earth is close to eruption and will cause untold destruction and tidal waves of unimaginable proportions...

So, Earth is pretty much doomed. The only thing standing in the way is James. And his mate Melvyn, the unluckiest boy ever known. And a pair of pants that used (possibly) to belong to Einstein and give genius powers to whoever wears them. On his head. James and Melvyn don't even know that they are meant to be superheroes, until James' mad scientist uncle is hauled off to the loony bin, leaving behind instructions for James.

The boys start to pull together a team of kids who all have their own powers - there's. The Hurricane, a boy who can fart in tune; Tortoise Boy, a boy who has ...erm...a tortoise; Felicity, who's really good at organising stuff; and, Really Annoying Girl, who always knows what you're going to say before you say it. Together they must stand to battle the aliens and save the entire planet. Yes, you're right. Earth is doomed.

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It's dirty, inventive and made me laugh aloud ... Any kid into Andy Griffiths or the Astrosaurs series will be in ecstasy -- Amanda Craig The Times I loved Einstein's Underpants. It strikes the perfect balance between wacky wahey pants-based fun, and a top quality, energetic sci-fi romp ... The writing style is dramatic, punchy, and is perfectly pitched at its audience. Anthony McGowan is always excellent, and this is no exception. Highly recommended. -- Keith Dudhnath The Bookbag Entirely genius -- Toby Clements Daily Telegraph If your nine year old has not yet discovered the world of Anthony McGowan, then now might be the time -- Rachel Carlyle Sunday Express Einstein's Underpants is zany, irreverent and downright absurd - children will love it Independant on Sunday

About the Author

Anthony McGowan

Born in Manchester, Anthony McGowan went to school in Leeds. He has worked as a nightclub bouncer, civil servant, and Open University tutor in philosophy. He published
his first novel for teenagers, Hellbent, in 2005. It was described by The Times as ‘a brilliantly nauseating thriller’.

His other books for teenagers include Henry Tumour and The Knife that Killed Me, the film of which was released in 2013.

He lives in London

Q & A video: Anthony answers questions about his book, Willard Price: Leopard Adventure.

Photo credit Jerry Bauer

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320 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

1st April 2010




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