Gr 2-5 --In his fifth adventure, Melvin decides to go to Las Vegas for a superhero convention, hoping to see his old friends from the Superhero Academy. He leaves his assistant, Candace, in charge of Los Angles. Humor abounds in scenes such as the one in which Melvin visits the library, with funny illustrations showing readers how he sees everyone's underwear with his X-ray vision that he can't turn off. It continues as adversaries at the Bad Guys Convention work hard on perfecting their evil laughs. Meanwhile, Johnny Fink and Knucklehead plot to switch magic capes with Candace so they can rob her of her magic powers. And Hugo, Melvin's pet rat, mistakenly eats a pretzel-shaped telephone, resulting in operator messages coming from his stomach. Bizarre, outrageous, and totally kid-friendly, this easy chapter book is sure to appeal to the "Captain Underpants" fans of the world. Zany black-and-white drawings of the incredible events appear throughout the chapters.--Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI[Page 101]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.