In this video book review, KidLit reviewer, Michael, age 7, explains–and accidentally demonstrates–why the potty humor in “Captain Underpants” is so funny.
During this kids’ book review, Michael, suffering from a mild stomach upset, accidentally toots. Watch the whole video to see how hard he laughs and what he says next! He also demonstrates wedgie power.
Watch the video here:
The two main characters, Harold and George, he says, are very creative and funny. They’re not trying to be mean. They’re just trying to “take a comeback to the teacher,” who is mean. “All the teachers in Captain Underpants are mean,” he explained after he did this book review. “Except in book Five, Ms. Ribble is no longer mean. She is turned into someone like George and Harold who does inappropriate things. I like her a lot!” says our KidLit reviewer.
Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey, has been banned by many schools because of the potty humor. In fact, it was THE most banned book series in 2012, according to Business Insider.
If you watch this video, you’ll understand why kids love Captain Underpants. In fact, many parents say that the humor in these books inspired their kids to read.
As for Michael and the other boy members of the Roving Reader Leaders, their rating of Captain Underpants is an overwhelming thumbs up. They love the potty humor. But that’s not all. Michael says that he thinks the characters are creative in an inspiring way. In other words, they challenge authority–but they’re not really mean.
If a series makes kids laugh, inspires them to read, and teaches them to be creative, think for themselves and challenge authority, why exactly should it be banned?
If you don’t like Captain Underpants and would like to see schools ban it, we’d love to hear from you!
If your kids were inspired to read by Captain Underpants, we’d love to hear from you. And stay tuned, we’ve got another review of this controversial KidLit series coming up–by four young males members of the Roving Reader Leaders. Email us at RovingReaderLeaders@gmail.com if you’d like to comment, have kids join our club, or are interested in doing some online “KidLit Chats” with Michael and friends!