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Einstein's Underpants - And How They Saved the World

Written by Anthony McGowan

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Michael Rosen: 'A crazy adventure set amongst the kids you don't want to know but who this book makes you really, really care about."This is one of Michael's chosen favourite books.

A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011. A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011. Shortlisted for The Roald Dahl Funniest Book Prize 2010 for Children aged 7-14.



This is a nail-bitingly scary but hilarious story by a prize-winning author, featuring a stinking alien commander, eight freaky kids and a pair of faded Y-fronts. When crazy Uncle Otto warns of imminent invasion from outer space, his maths geek nephew Alexander takes on the task of saving the world. He recruits a ragged crew of school superheroes to help him, including Tortoise Boy, armed with Cedric the tortoise, the Human Hurricane, who possesses untold power in his bottom, and Really Annoying Girl. But can this wild and wacky trio ever hope to save the world armed just with a pack of cards, some toy ray-guns and a pair of old pants for help?

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Einstein's Underpants - And How They Saved the World Synopsis

A stinking alien commander. Eight freaky kids. And a pair of faded Y-fronts. When crazy Uncle Otto warns of imminent invasion from outer space, his maths geek nephew Alexander takes on the task of saving the world. He recruits a ragged crew of school superheroes to help him, including Tortoise Boy, armed with Cedric the tortoise, the Human Hurricane, who possesses untold power in his bottom, and Really Annoying Girl. But with only a pack of cards, some toy ray-guns and a pair of old pants for help, can they do it? Find out in this nail-bitingly scary but hilarious story by a prize-winning author.

Einstein's Underpants - And How They Saved the World Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9780440869245
Publication date: 01/04/2010
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780440869245
Publication date: 1st April 2010
Author: Anthony McGowan
Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books) an imprint of Random House Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Science Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan is the author of many critically acclaimed YA novels and won the 2006 BookTrust Teenage Prize, the 2007 Catalyst Award and has been shortlisted for a raft of other major children’s literature prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for Rook in 2018. McGowan was born in Manchester, attended school in Leeds and now lives in London. Photo credit Jerry Bauer

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