Reading Captain Underpants

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I used to hear a lot about Captain Underpants during lunch in the schools where I worked. You learn a lot about the lives of your students at lunch table duty! But I have not read Captain Underpants myself in years, so I stopped by the Concord Bookshop the other day and picked up a copy of the first book in the series and sat down and read it. Can I just say that I was laughing out loud? None of this ubiquitously hollow LOL stuff that peppers the internet. I mean, I was truly guffawing.  If I were in 3rd or 4th grade, especially if I were a boy, I would not be able to stop turning the pages. As a 47-year-old woman, I could not stop turning the pages! Read more…


  1. Judy | September 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Lori, thanks for your perspective on the captain! Glad to hear that someone else sees it the same way. Over the summer my just turned 8 son, a reluctant reader, got his first capt underpants comic book. He’s been loving them! What little boy wouldn’t love the potty humor therein?

    Last weekend we bought the next 3 editions, and he started reading them in the store then in the car then during dinner out (with perhaps a 20 minute break to eat) then after dinner ,and way past bedtime until I finally took it away at 9:55! Absolutely unbelievable, my kid read to himself for the better part of four hours! That is completely unprecedented, practically a miracle. I’m just so glad he’s reading that I don’t much care what it is, but they actually have some bigger words and kinda complex ideas.

    Good article!

    • Lori | September 10, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      Hi Judy, thanks so much! Glad your son now has the reading bug!


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