Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, written by Dav Pilkey, reviewed by Klaudia Janek

Summary: This book is the 12th!!! Captain Underpants book. I think readers who love this series will read and re-read this book until the next one comes out. This book starts with George and Harolds comics and then leads into the first chapter. Readers are reminded that George and Harold have duplicates from the last story. So, it’s George and George and Harold and Harold. The first chapter will immediately hook readers. “Before we get into all of that, I should point out that it’s impolite to use the word heck. These books have been criticized for their inappropriate language, and we’re going to put a stop to that sort of thing once and for all. From now on **, you won’t be reading any more words like heck, or tinkle, or fart, or pee-pee. No, sir! Those words are highly offensive to grouchy old people who have way too much time on their hands. In the interest of pleasing all the grouchy old people (GOP) out there, I have also included topics especially for them. So this adventure will contain references to health care, gardening, Bob Evans Restaurants, hard candies, FOX news, and gentle-yet-effective laxatives.” And the story goes on.

Straight Talk for Librarians: I LOVE this book for the commentary for all the people who have tried to ban Captain Underpants or point it out as “bad” examples of books. It is totally all the grouchy old people. This book has quite a sophisticated vocabulary and really is funny! It’s a bit of an introduction to political commentary that I think readers of all ages will understand. The escapades are still crazy and humorous. A plot between good and evil will have readers clamoring to finish this book. Every library should have these books to hook readers and give all readers a chance to enjoy Dav Pilkey’s work.

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