Roving Kidlit Reviewer, Age 8, Reviews this Series on a Ranch in Hawaii!

Michael, age 8, our roving Kidlit reviewer, reviews “Show and Tell” from Abby Klein’s “Double Trouble” series while visiting a ranch in Hawaii.

He makes a request of author Abby Klein, and gives the bad news about this series.

Watch Michael’s review here:

Why do our Roving Reader Leaders review children’s books in parks, bookstores, libraries, and on playgrounds and at ranches? First of all, because it’s fun. Second, when we’re out and about, kids often ask what we’re doing–and we can spread our enthusiasm for children’s books. Michael and friends have reviewed books in a number of states, including Montana, Connecticut, Oregon and New York. They’ve reviewed books on city streets, in taxis, and in ski lodges.

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KidLit Reviewer, Age 7, Explains Why Captain Underpants is So Funny!

KidLit Reviewer

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 if you’d like to comment, have kids join our club, or are interested in doing some online “KidLit Chats” with Michael and friends!




Reader Leader, Age 7, Gives 99-Million-Star Rating to Dog Book, “Rumplepimple”

Our Reader Leader Chief Gives "Rumplepimple" a 99-Million-Star Rating

In his latest review, Reader Leader Michael, age 7, gives the kids’ dog book, “Rumplepimple” a 99-million-plus-99-star rating.

Michael gives some details about the book’s characters, conflict and illustrations in this video book review of “Rumplepimple.”

The picture book features a family with two mothers, a mischievous dog and an annoying cat. Our Reader Leader chief says the book, nominated for a CYBILS award, has great illustrations, funny moments, and a hero who gets in trouble a lot!

The book exposes kids to families with two mothers by showing, rather than telling. The story focuses on the moms’ adventures with their pets, without specifically stating that this family is different than the norm.

When asked what it would be like living in a family with two moms, an annoying cat and a trouble-making dog, our reader leader focuses on the dog, saying Rumplepimple always gets in trouble.

We love kids’ dog books because, so often, they teach kids about the importance of tolerance. Our tail-waggers love us unconditionally and don’t judge us for our skin color, race or sexual orientation.

You can watch our reviews of other kids’ dog books here.

We’ve reviewed dog books that are traditionally published–Good Dog, Carl, Clifford and numerous Scooby-Doo books. We’ve also done kids’ book reviews about independently published books like Rumplepimple. They include “Bad Dog, Bailey,” “Mr. Spunky and His Friends,” and “Pansy in Paris.”

Thumbs Up! Sticker from Roving Reader Leaders
Thumbs Up! Sticker from Roving Reader Leaders

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