Parents' Guide to

Captain Underpants Series

By Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fun, irreverent series delights with action, wedgie jokes.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Very cheap jokes and I’m fact is very violent for two school kid to hypnotize their so called mean principle down to his underpants without his Consent Andretti g him into all kinds of mean trouble. What kind of message are we teaching kids about punishments revenge being in considerate and violent!!! You can’t be in the right mindset if you write such stories for young readers and fill up with all kinds of potty jokes and words about butts and cracks to get them addicted to the stories. Not healthy!!

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Packed with wit, illustrations, adventure, heart, and surprisingly nuanced potty humor, these books are a delight to read and will encourage reluctant readers to stay with a long story. The Captain Underpants series combines eye-popping illustrations and paragraphs full of fun, vocabulary-expanding words, and tells an adventure tale with characters many kids can relate to. Author Dav Pilkey struggled in school, his undiagnosed ADHD making it hard for him to sit and focus the way other students could. Cartooning became his outlet, and his stories of underdogs are both silly and remarkably complex. The characters' names are all plays on words and phrases, and the good-vs.-evil plots balance humor and action with empathy and empowerment. Some adults feel these books are inappropriate or infantile, but the series is far more complicated than its endless barrage of toilet jokes on the pages, and young readers love them.

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