Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Just Say No to Captain Underpants? Really?

I won't pretend I know much about the following book, so that's why the title of this blog includes the "Really?" The little I know of it - because the cover screams "I am a book for boys" - is that it's about two elementary aged boys who pull pranks on people, write a comic strip about Captain Underpants then somehow make this a real life hero. Is that about right? Someone who's read it, please feel free to correct me :-)

So because this book caters to boys who are childish, immature, the characters speak like boys, has a comic-strip feel and Captain Underpants gets to have a cape and be in just his underpants (uh, how many little boys WISH they could do this???), this gets banned?

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22 comments:

  1. I don't get this banned book stuff. Isn't it censorship? I hadn't heard of this book, but I've seen it on a few blogs this week.

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  2. Not sure why books get banned. It's so sad. My daughter loved this series in grade school. I did worry about her reading tastes (they have improved a lot) but was glad she found something funny she loved reading. Sad if other kids aren't allowed to read it.

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  3. What dude doesn't want to just hang out in his underwear?

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  4. Let's hear it for Captain Underpants!

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  5. My 6 year old nephew LOVES that series :)

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  6. Maybe they thought the cover would attract pedophiles. Who knows why some books gets banned.

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  7. Captain Underpants rocks! Some people take everything way too seriously.

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  8. As a former children's library assistant, I find it appalling. Not the book, but the fact that it's been banned. Even my librarian refused to stock it on our shelves. My thought is, if it gets the boys reading, by all means, supply it to them. She wouldn't even put Twilight in our middle school library. So frustrating.

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  9. I'm wondering if some over-reactive parents saw a danger in the misspelled on purpose words in Captain Underpants books. Oh, brother! I have the school-age kids, and they both love Dav Pilkey's books. Plus they understand the purpose of the "creative" spelling in the series - the author wanted to show that his characters, although funny and smart, have some serious flaws :) I don't know a single child that would ever try to learn spelling from the boys in Captain Underpants books. Let's give our kids some credit, shall we?

    We met Dav Pilkey a couple weeks ago at his book signing event in the Seattle area. There was a lot of children and adults, and nobody seemed to take anything in Captain Underpants serious, except for a clear message: have fun, reading. :)

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  10. I read an interesting blog post about banned books the other day and apparently, violence and rape are preferred over consensual sex in teen books. Because we'd rather see our teens murdered and violated than have them engage in sex. Banning Capt Underpants is simply another example of how the gatekeepers are failing our kids and teens. Boo hiss to book banning.

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  11. I did not know this book was banned. What is this world coming to? My kids loved these books. #shakeshead

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  12. I don't always know what causes a book to be banned either. Sometimes I read that they are too sexual or violent. I believe in warning labels - more for the parents than the kids - and then let the viewers determine what is inappropriate or not. Some kids can handle the suggestive content - no matter how stupid an adult may feel it is. And from watching some of the cartoon's on primetime that are aimed at "men" (Family Guy, Archer) is it a wonder "boys" like that stuff.

    .......dhole

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  13. Aw...Captain Underpants. Yes, this series is ALL BOY. As a female, I don't get it. As a parent, I'm just thrilled beyond words this comic bookish series got my non-reader reading. All the boys have read it, my youngest is working through the series now.

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  14. What is it... the word underpants? How can that be when Victoria's Secret aren't kept secret but strutted in full view on TV?

    Parents are really the only one who have any right to any kind of censoring/banning.

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  15. Good grief! How come they used that photo of me? :) And I guess it would be Captain Underwear in the British version....

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  16. My son has all of these but the new one. Sure, it has some offensive things in it--especially to the mother in me. But my son has loved them since 1st grade. He's pretty much over them now that he's in 4th. Boys are going to make the potty humor jokes in the book whether they read it or not.

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  17. I never understand how certain books get banned - found out yesterday for instance that Neil Gaiman's Sandman was banned because it was "inappropriate for its age group" - what age group?? Teenagers who read all sorts of comics and graphic novels and are good judges of what they like? People in their 20s who are adults already? Me, in my 30s, who's reading it for the first time?
    I mean, seriously!
    So glad we can all celebrate by reading lots of these banned books :-)

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  18. You know, I get why some people might not choose Captain Underpants as their first pick for their kids to read. I confess, I was one of those people - it didn't appeal to me. But, ahem, it didn't have to appeal to me. It very much appealed to my son, who read them all cover-to-cover over and over at a time when he wasn't keen on reading. It is just possible that I have Dav Pilkey to thank for turning my boy into a reader. And truthfully? Some of them are pretty funny. My favorite is Super Diaper Baby :)

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  19. So sad to hear something like this, especially when it makes boys and girls want to read!

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  20. This is banned?! I loved this series as kid. Honestly it's just one of the series that kept me reading. Isn't that the point of these books? Keep kids entertained and they will keep reading. People seriously do not give kids enough credit. I read all of these and turned out just fine. It sounds like some people could improve their parenting skills instead of taking it out on the books...*end of rant*

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  21. How sad. I can't believe we're dealing with banned books again. Its like we're going backward instead of forward.

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  22. I was never super into this series, I only read one or two, but I do remember greatly enjoying it in elementary school. I don't remember it containing anything that would even remotely justify banning it.

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