Banned Book Tuesday: Captain Underpants

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400000000000001006978_s4ABOUT CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS

[note color=”#d7e5f9″]George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!

Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.[/note][divider top=”0″]

Captain Underpants is a kids book about a school boy who decides to rebel and become a superhero who wears a cape and tightie-whities. And whatever you may personally think about his skivvies, he gets boys, children for that matter, to read and what could be wrong with that? Well according to there is a lot wrong with that. So much wrong apparently that this kids tale was driven to the top of 2012 Frequently Challenged Book List.

Really? For silly potty humor. You’re saying a book that deals with a superhero that runs around in tightie-whities is inappropriate for a young readers age group? So wrong that it beat out Fifty Shades of Grey for most offensive? I am without words…

When asked about being number one, author Dave Pilkey responded:

“It’s pretty exciting to be on a list that frequently features Mark Twain, Harper Lee, and Maya Angelou,” Pilkey said in a recent statement to the Huffington Post. “But I worry that some parents might see this list and discourage their kids from reading [it], even though they have not had a chance to read the books themselves.” – Author of Captain Underpants Dave Pilkey

According to Pilkey said his semi-autobiographical characters are based in part on teachers and principals he had between second and fifth grade- some of whom were villains who got away with it because they were authority figures.

“I don’t see these books as encouraging disrespect for authority. Perhaps they demonstrate the value of questioning authority,” Pilkey said. “Some of the authority figures in the books are villains. They are bullies and they do vicious things.”


David “Dav” Pilkey (born March 4, 1966) is a popular American author and illustrator of children’s literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He also uses the pen names George Beard and Harold Hutchins. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri. (Wikipedia)

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