Challenged Champion

The 2012 American Library Association most challenged book is … [drumroll] … Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey! Why? Offensive language and unsuitability for its targeted age group.

largeOf course, this may explain why the books are so popular. Amazon’s customer rating of the first book in the series is 4.7 out of 5.

From Kirkus Reviews: Pranksters of the first order, George and Harold are finally nabbed by Mr. Krupp, the principal, whom they then hypnotize into believing he’s Captain Underpants, a superhero of their own creation. Before they can stop him, he’s out the window in cape and briefs, off to fight crime with Wedgie Power, taking on bank robbers, robot thieves–“‘You know,’ said George, ‘up until now this story was almost believable!'”–and ultimately the evil Dr. Diaper. Distracting Dr. Diaper with some “fake doggy doo- doo,” the boys save the planet, then hustle Krupp back into his clothes, just in time …

Dav Pilkey is a Caldecott Honor Award-winning creator of more than 40 books.

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