Under various headlines, this article, detailing the annual attempts at book censorship in schools, appeared in many newspapers across the country today.
This, in itself, is nothing new. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom serves as the librarian community's watchdog for these and other issues. But why did this particular challenge attract my attention? Its target. Super Diaper Baby! That's right, your favorite diaper-wearing superhero has run afoul of a parent in Channelview, Texas, and that parent subsequently had the book banned from the school library.
Anyone familiar with Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants, Ricky Ricotta, Ook and Gluk and Super Diaper Baby series will know that, yes, they are full of bathroom humor, but they are wildly popular - with boys, in particular. Is "poo-poo head" really that bad? Dav Pilkey is an author that gets kids to read - and love it! If I want to attract kids to programs at the library, Captain Underpants and Jeff Kinney's, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, are sure-fire crowd pleasers. Kids will read them, talk about them, draw their characters, check them out of the library and beg for more! Can that be a bad thing?
Super Diaper Baby ... really?
Click to read Dav Pilkey's 2003 response to a school challenge of the original Super Diaper Baby.
See my review of Super Diaper Baby 2, here.