Parents' Guide to

The Stupids Step Out

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Family cheerfully does everything wrong in goofy, fun tale.

Book Harry Allard Humor 1974
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Waste of time

This is irritating to read. The "jokes" aren't funny and make fun of people of who are seen as not smart. Also, I didn't want my kids to think it was okay to call someone Stupid, which is literally what this book does.
age 18+


wow stupid…

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

You can make a fair argument against the book's premise -- that this family is so stupid it's OK to laugh at them -- and if you feel that way, you won't find anything funny about the Stupids. In fact, it's a rather stupid book. But if you can get past the language, rest assured your kids probably get a laugh out of it.

Harry Allard (author of the Miss Nelson series) and his frequent partner James Marshall (George and Martha) offer lots of sight gags: mislabeled pictures in the home include a sheep identified as an elephant; Mr. Stupid proudly wears knitted stockings on his ears, while his wife wears the cat as a hat; and the headdress-wearing dog drives the car. It's ridiculous and simple — making it good fun for young readers. The Stupids Step Out is the first in the series of four books.

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