The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Captain Underpants, Book 1

Book review by Stephany Aulenback, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Gross potty humor, funny pranks will hook reluctant readers.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 47 reviews

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age 10+

Problems with authority

Definitely not right for 7 year olds. Bad guy is the principal who hates kids and the boys can't stop doing pranks and don't really learn a lesson. It's great silly fun for older kids who have a better understanding of their boundaries. But beware with younger kids who are still learning who to trust and go to for help. Lots of "I'm going to kill you" and "you're dead" also.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 6+

Adhd friendly

Captain underpants was a staple in my childhood. My parents would buy me the book at the book store and I would have the book finished by the next day. It was the only book series, I could read beginning to end. I was diagnosed with adhd and I struggled reading. I still struggle with reading, and I find it really hard to focus and read a book. The Creator of Captain underpants also has adhd and incorporates it into the book. The two main boy characters have adhd and the author puts it in the book. “They were smart and well behaved boys, they were just bored with school.” Yes, it’s “toilet humor” but come on....compared to what kids are being exposed to on the daily, captain underpants will not ruin your child. Sure it was toilet humor but my parents were just happy to see me sit down and read. The book offers mini breaks in the book which help maintains focus. There’s pictures and many other adhd friendly things that will keep your child hooked on reading. Parents, if your kids have adhd, these books will help them get into reading, and they will enjoy reading them. If my adhd gets passed down to my kids, I will break out the old captain underpants books and help them understand their adhd.

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