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We are big fans of the CU series and have been for a few years now. I have read through the entire series with my son, who is about to turn 8, three times, and it never gets old. In book 12, Pilkey does not disappoint–the same gross humor and poking fun at uptight attitudes. It could easily be argued Pilkey has an agenda in this book. Some of the humor, such as song titles from the 60’s twisted into silly chapter headings, and his political humor, along with some advanced vocabulary and commentary on ADHD went above my son’s head–there is no way a child would get that stuff. It was clearly there to amuse (or provoke? :)) the adult reading to the child. I felt like he acknowledged that he has a dual audience (as often parents read to their children in this 6-8yo age group), but since he is politically opinionated and quite liberal, many parents will not be entertained by his agenda (one easy example–he refers to GOPs as "grumpy old people. " I’m sure Republicans will not be amused). To be fair, Pilkey has always had undertones of "speaking" (in a sense) to his parent audience throughout the series, so this is not strictly a new thing. Pilkey also talks about ADHD. My son has ADHD, and he said at one point during the book, "that’s me!" in an excited and proud way. I like that Pilkey was able to portray ADHD as something that has its upside, too, in that lots of kids who have ADHD are more creative and energetic. The message that giving drugs or medicating for ADHD is a very bad choice is not explicitly stated, but it certainly is the underlying message of the book. I don’t think kids would necessarily connect the real world drug Ritalin to the Pilkey make believe gas Rid-o-kid 2000 (the drug in the book that controls children) but it is an obvious enough message to the adult reader. My son felt so strongly about how horrible that gas was. He actually punched the book and said "every kid has something to offer just the way they are. " I don’t think he’s ever punched a book before–he was just SO into the story. On our second night reading it, he even came to bed fifteen minutes early and brushed his teeth without any fuss in order to carry on reading this book, as he could not wait to continue it. For an extremely energetic kid like my son to choose an early bedtime for a book is the highest possible praise. This book did not seem to have as many laugh out loud moments for him as compared to previous books in the series, but regardless, he was extremely engaged and passionate about reading it. The other hot button issue in this book is the fact that when the boys travel forward 20 years in the future and meet their future selves, one of them is married to a man. I was really excited to see this in a mainstream children’s book. For my kids, this was accepted with a matter of fact "of course, no big deal mom, why are you excited?" as I’ve made it a point to tell them from the time they were itty bitty that they could each choose to marry whatever man or woman they wanted. We’ve answered all the questions on how babies happen in gay marriages and what social prejudice is, and why the recent Supreme Court decision was necessary. For families who have not discussed these things, reading this book together could be the beginning of a conversation (if it was even noticed by the child or pointed out by the parent). I like the way Pilkey presented it–it just was, no big deal, just the way life is, no special mention made of it. It is introduced like this: "Soon, everyone had gathered together in Old George’s studio. Old George, his wife, and their kids, Meena and Nik, sat on the couch, while Old Harold, his husband, and their twins, Owen and Kei, plopped down on the beanbag chair. " There is a nicely illustrated picture of the scene. Then the story moves on. Kudos, Dav Pilkey. It was brave of you to do this, to take the stand that "this is what normal married life looks like. " Parents who disagree will of course choose not to buy your book (and likely down vote this review into obscurity, but I’m okay with that, too. )I expect that some more conservative families may argue children’s books shouldn’t get political, but the truth is, mainstream children’s books get political all the time– by excluding reality, not by including it. When families all look alike, all white and heterosexual and living in an expensive home as they are in so many childrens’ books, it doesn’t reflect the everyday truth of real kids in the real world. Pilkey chose to forge his own path, and it is only so worthy of note because he is among the first to do so in mainstream children’s lit, which, to be honest, should surprise no one who has read the first 11 books of this series. He’s just that kind of author–he makes the book he wants to make, even if some parents might not like it. I’m sure many other young children’s authors will follow suit in reflecting the world as it is in all its diversity, gay marriage and all, if not soon (I hope soon!) then inevitably in the years to come. Norms (and laws) are changing to reflect what is real for people in all their diversity, and I am so glad authors like Dav Pilkey are willing to choose to have these realities be reflected matter of factly in the stories they tell, without the story itself having anything to do with the subject of diversity. Thank you, Mr. Pilkey! Check it out!
From School Library Journal Gr 2–4—George and Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going. Two of them go to school while the other two hide in the tree house and play video games all day—then they switch. But when their malicious gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, creates a method of mind control that turns their fellow students into attentive, obedient, perfect children, the future of all humanity is in the boys’ hands. The catastrophe is resolved when the boys travel into the future and seek the help of their adult selves. This latest installment features several “flip-o-rama” pages that allow readers to flip quickly back and forth to create an animated effect. Like the other books in this series, the title is a combination of comic book sequences, deeply silly plotlines, and prank-filled humor. The text continues to make fun of teachers, parents, and the elderly. VERDICT When Captain Underpants first arrived on shelves in 1997, there were few books like it. Now, with fun and funny chapter books series like Megan McDonald’s “Stink” (Candlewick), Dan Greenburg’s “The Zack Files” (Grosset & Dunlap), and the comic-style adventures of “Geronimo Stilton” (Scholastic), the potty-mouthed caped crusader has competition. Die-hard fans, however, will likely be excited to see this 12th installment.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants #12) Hardcover – August 25, 2015 by Dav Pilkey (Author, Illustrator) Review
Captain Underpants never disappoints!!!! It felt like it took forever to wait for this book to come out in print. The kids were thrilled to get it and read it all day long. They read it then they would talk about it and then read some more. They read it off and on on many different days. This book is funny, sarcastic and entertaining. It isn’t an educational book. However it is a fun story, like a comics strip. A great read. -Read Reviews-
My son buys all of these books and he loves them all equally. If you are looking for something humorous, this works. I don’t particularly care for the potty humor, but if my kid enjoys the book I have to give it 5 stars. Boy humor for sure.
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