The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Captain Underpants, Book 1 Book ReviewIf you think these books are inappropriate for children because you read they were banned, consider the very good company they keep. The Captain Underpants series first appeared on the American Library Association's list of banned and challenged books in , when parents deemed it offensive and unsuitable for its age group. In , it was deemed "sexually explicit. The series dropped off the list for 6 years, which is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the precise amount of time between Pilkey's eighth and ninth installments of the series. After the publication of Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers , the series topped both the and banned and challenged book lists.
Yes, you read that correctly. Captain Underpants books are polarizing among parents because we think it sets a bad example and teachers cringe because the book has underpants in the title but kids love this series by Dav Pilkey. I remember pouring over the Sunday comics, reading the Wall Street Journal upside down at our breakfast table as my dad studied it every morning, devouring Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes comic books, and then retreating to my room to read series like The Chronicles of Narnia. Kids should be allowed to read what they want for pleasure. Chances are if you let them read Captain Underpants over the summer, it will be far easier to get them to read than if you choose the book for them. And as author, Dav Pilkey says, reading gives you superpowers!