Timeline entry for 2000: Captain Underpants

Banned Books Week, Censorship

Leading up to Banned Books Week 2012, ALA will highlight one book from its new timeline of banned and challenged books each day. Today we feature the year 2000 and the “Captain Underpants” series, by Dav Pilkey.

Captain Underpants book coverThe “Captain Underpants” series of children’s books was removed from the Maple Hill School in Naugatuck, CT in 2000, due to concerns that they caused unruly behavior among children. The books were also challenged but retained at the Orfordville, WI Elementary School library. A parent charged that they taught students to be disrespectful; not to obey authority; not to obey the law, including God’s law; improper spelling; to make excuses and lie to escape responsibility; to make fun of what people wear; and poor nutrition. The “Captain Underpants” books effectively use humor and illustrations to captivate young readers, particularly “reluctant readers” who may not otherwise enjoy reading, and inspire with their stories of ingenuity and imagination.

For more information about Banned Books Week, please visit www.ala.org/bbooks.

One thought on “Timeline entry for 2000: Captain Underpants

  • It angers me more and more when I see how people are becoming so closed minded. It seems that religion controls and closes the minds of so many parents. It’s fine if people have these beliefs, but the child should be allowed to read what they want and makes his or her own choice.

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