Attack of the Mutant Underwear

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Attack of the Mutant Underwear
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Author Tom Birdseye
Cover artist Sam Kim
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Holiday House (2003)
Puffin Books (2006)
Open Road Media (2014)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback), e-book
Pages 199 pp
ISBN 0-823-41689-5 (Hardcover edition)
OCLC 50561614
LC Class PZ7.B5213 At 2003

Attack of the Mutant Underwear is a 2003 novel by children's author Tom Birdseye. The work was first published in hardback on October 1, 2003 through Holiday House and was subsequently re-released in paperback in 2006 through Puffin Books. An e-book version was released in 2014 through Open Road Media. Attack of the Mutant Underwear is written in diary form and follows the misadventures of fifth-grader Cody Carson.

In 2007 the work was removed from the Battle of the Books program for the school district of Pinellas County, Florida, but remained on the state's life of books for the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award.[1]


Fifth-grader Cody Carson keeps a journal of his hopes for a fresh start in a town where nobody knows about his humiliating mistakes of the past, but before school even begins so does his embarrassment. As he goes through many things at his new life, he encounters many challenges, crushes, adventures and embarrassing moments. Will he be able to become a "New Me", without shattering into pieces?


Critical reception for Attack of the Mutant Underwear has been positive.[2][3] Publishers Weekly gave a mixed review for the book, writing "The author hits a few shaky notes (e.g., Cody's disdain for cleaning his cat's litter box becomes tedious; his infatuation for Amy stretches credibility, as when he refers to himself as "Loverboy" in his journal). But many passages compensate for them—including the way Cody couches his bungling of the talent show as a step-by-step formula for creating a "really good disaster.""[4]


  1. ^ "Banned Book Week September 27-October 4, 2008". Marshall University. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Attack of the Mutant Underwear (review)". School Library Journal. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Attack of the Mutant Underwear (review)". Booklist. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "ATTACK OF THE MUTANT UNDERWEAR (review)". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 22 March 2015.