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(The Atlantic Wire)   Topping the list of 2012 banned books: "Captain Underpants." In other news, they are still banning books   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 56
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2013-09-24 12:06:04 PM
Are people still stupid? Then why are you surprised submitter?
 
2013-09-24 12:23:28 PM
If you're looking for a book that will make your kid stupider, Capt. Underpants would be a good choice. It's fricking retarded.

I'm not in favor of banning books at all, but I can understand why some parents want to discourage certain books for their snowflake's limited reading time.
 
2013-09-24 12:53:39 PM
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2013-09-24 12:54:13 PM

MrBallou: If you're looking for a book that will make your kid stupider, Capt. Underpants would be a good choice. It's fricking retarded.

I'm not in favor of banning books at all, but I can understand why some parents want to discourage certain books for their snowflake's limited reading time.


i don't give a fark if they are reading letters to penthouse. as long as they are reading.
 
2013-09-24 12:55:05 PM
In other news, there are still books.
 
2013-09-24 12:56:13 PM
Capt Underpants is outstanding for getting kids that don't want to read to read, and is awesomely silly.  Anything that gets kids to read is ok in my book.
 
2013-09-24 12:56:19 PM
And yet, Let's Go Swimming With Mr. Sillypants was never banned.
 
2013-09-24 12:57:57 PM
First they burn books. Next they are burning people.
 
2013-09-24 12:59:45 PM

Ivo Shandor: In other news, there are still books.


I can't wipe my ass with a kindle when I'm done with it.

/well, not efficiently...
 
2013-09-24 12:59:45 PM
Someone complained at a PTA meeting here about Big Friendly Giant because "it has fart jokes and talks about eating children!" She was pretty much just laughed at and we moved on. Part of my wishes I'd had a whizzpopper ready to crop dust her with.
 
2013-09-24 01:00:09 PM
Young adult is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books. here is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material.

And banning books that attempt speak to young adults on those subjects will just make them go away, amirite?
 
2013-09-24 01:00:14 PM
Captain Underpants is the book that got my son into reading when he was little.   I'll always be grateful to the author for writing it.
 
2013-09-24 01:01:02 PM
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Undahpants!
 
2013-09-24 01:01:59 PM
I love Dav Pilkey. It started with his dragon books, then Dogzilla, Cat Kong and Dumb Bunnies. Haven't read any Captain Underpants though.
 
2013-09-24 01:03:03 PM
Yes, let's link to an article mentioning the event and two or three books on it, rather than an actual list. Great job.
 
2013-09-24 01:03:44 PM

NYCNative: Young adult is a big trend right now, and a high number of complaints are directed at those books. here is a lot of pressure to keep teenagers safe and protected, especially in urban areas, and we are seeing many more complaints about alcohol, smoking, suicide and sexually explicit material.

And banning books that attempt speak to young adults on those subjects will just make them go away, amirite?


Some idiots worship innocence. Do you know what a predator, sexual or otherwise, sees when they see an innocent? An easy target. But idiot parents don't want their precious snowflake's childhood destroyed by them learning about the world around them. Better that they get molested and hooked on drugs.
 
2013-09-24 01:05:57 PM

MrBallou: If you're looking for a book that will make your kid stupider, Capt. Underpants would be a good choice. It's fricking retarded.


I am tired of reading the farking book to my son, so I am all for this.
 
2013-09-24 01:11:17 PM

MrBallou: If you're looking for a book that will make your kid stupider, Capt. Underpants would be a good choice. It's fricking retarded.

I'm not in favor of banning books at all, but I can understand why some parents want to discourage certain books for their snowflake's limited reading time.


Discouraging certain books is saying "hey, suzie, don't read that, it's really stupid", not "Nobody can read this book ever because I don't want my snowflake to read it because I think it's stupid"
 
2013-09-24 01:11:39 PM

sickb0y: Capt Underpants is outstanding for getting kids that don't want to read to read, and is awesomely silly.  Anything that gets kids to read is ok in my book.


Absolutely. My wife is a 7th grade english teacher, just ordered a bunch of books off ebay. One had the word 'butt' in it, can't remember the title, and searching amazon for it, well, I need to melt my work laptop now. She's hoping parents won't complain, but we wouldn't be surprised if some did.

/she did have one girl tell her that she wasn't allowed to read books about supernatural or SF or Fantasy, all because of religion
 
2013-09-24 01:11:47 PM
Animorphs and goosebumps are the books that mainly got me into reading when I was younger. Oh and the boxcar children, so I really have no right to judge. Let the kids read and they will move on.
 
2013-09-24 01:11:51 PM

laughin: I am tired of reading the farking book to my son, so I am all for this.


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2013-09-24 01:12:25 PM
Let's be honest. Is reading young adultnovels like Twilight really better than not reading?
 
2013-09-24 01:14:10 PM

MrBallou: If you're looking for a book that will make your kid stupider, Capt. Underpants would be a good choice. It's fricking retarded.

I'm not in favor of banning books at all, but I can understand why some parents want to discourage certain books for their snowflake's limited reading time.


Stupider.
 
2013-09-24 01:15:31 PM

Lauraness: Animorphs and goosebumps are the books that mainly got me into reading when I was younger. Oh and the boxcar children, so I really have no right to judge. Let the kids read and they will move on.


Animorphs was wonderous.
 
2013-09-24 01:18:54 PM
I was in sixth or seventh grade, when there was a big nationwide group banning and burning books.    There was nothing on their radar about science fiction.  :)  I was reading "I Will Fear No Evil" and "The Dispossessed", Astounding SciFi, IASFM, and laughing my ass of at those idiots...
 
2013-09-24 01:19:05 PM

sickb0y: Capt Underpants is outstanding for getting kids that don't want to read to read, and is awesomely silly.  Anything that gets kids to read is ok in my book.


Playing games on his DS all day doesn't make him a software engineer and watching Sponge Bob doesn't make him appreciate Shakespeare.

If it gets them to realize words on a page can be good, that's great, but only if it's a gateway to better things.
 
2013-09-24 01:19:59 PM

Ned Stark: Lauraness: Animorphs and goosebumps are the books that mainly got me into reading when I was younger. Oh and the boxcar children, so I really have no right to judge. Let the kids read and they will move on.

Animorphs was wonderous.


Indeed it was, not too happy with the ending though and I'm surprised I didn't turn into a furry after.


Oh and don't forget about Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. You know, the ones with the creepy pictures? My parents would have thrown a fit if they knew I read those books. Surprisingly I was never into the Babysitters Club.
 
2013-09-24 01:21:12 PM

Unoriginal_Username: sickb0y: Capt Underpants is outstanding for getting kids that don't want to read to read, and is awesomely silly.  Anything that gets kids to read is ok in my book.

Absolutely. My wife is a 7th grade english teacher, just ordered a bunch of books off ebay. One had the word 'butt' in it, can't remember the title, and searching amazon for it, well, I need to melt my work laptop now. She's hoping parents won't complain, but we wouldn't be surprised if some did.

/she did have one girl tell her that she wasn't allowed to read books about supernatural or SF or Fantasy, all because of religion


Never search online for "kids butt book"
 
2013-09-24 01:22:36 PM

Unoriginal_Username: sickb0y: Capt Underpants is outstanding for getting kids that don't want to read to read, and is awesomely silly.  Anything that gets kids to read is ok in my book.

Absolutely. My wife is a 7th grade english teacher, just ordered a bunch of books off ebay. One had the word 'butt' in it, can't remember the title, and searching amazon for it, well, I need to melt my work laptop now. She's hoping parents won't complain, but we wouldn't be surprised if some did.

/she did have one girl tell her that she wasn't allowed to read books about supernatural or SF or Fantasy, all because of religion


I really hate that, banning kids from ALL Sf and fantasy because of stupid interpretations of Fundie religion. Just like the poor kids who were Jeohovahs Whitnesses and always had to leave when a party took place or a birthday. Some kid would bring a cake or cookies in and the poor farker would have to leave because Jesus apparently doesn't dig on fellowship and eating cake.

Dumb.
 
2013-09-24 01:25:50 PM
You know who else banned books?

www.dw.de
 
2013-09-24 01:26:27 PM

Mentalpatient87: MrBallou: If you're looking for a book that will make your kid stupider, Capt. Underpants would be a good choice. It's fricking retarded.

I'm not in favor of banning books at all, but I can understand why some parents want to discourage certain books for their snowflake's limited reading time.

Stupider.


It's a perfectly cromulent word.

/not trying to be a book-nazi here. I like potty humor as much as anybody.
//fart
 
2013-09-24 01:29:36 PM
My 6 year old loves Captain Underpants. He'll read a whole book straight through on a long car trip. I think they're good books for elementary school kids because there's a lot of challenging words in there and a fairly complex story.
 
2013-09-24 01:31:12 PM
Yesteryear's children's literature:
• Treasure Island
• Encyclopedia Brown
• Lassie
• Where the Red Fern Grows


Today's children's literature:
• Fart and Booger Jokes by Boys in Their Underwear

It's not the kids that are getting more idiotic, it's the parents and publishing houses.
 
2013-09-24 01:33:05 PM

JohnCarter: You know who else banned books?

[www.dw.de image 700x394]


A lawyer named Godwin?
 
2013-09-24 01:35:23 PM

Loadmaster: Encyclopedia Brown


I gave a set of old Encyclopedia Brown books to my 9 year old niece and she's become a fan.  They hold up very well.

/Everybody Poops
 
2013-09-24 01:35:24 PM
I mostly agree about Captain Underpants. Not at all for the silly, gross, disrespectful, or partially nude content. Just for the subliterate style. The kids' schools were lax enough about details like spelling and punctuation. I really didn't like leisure time being spent where those were deliberately abused.
 
2013-09-24 01:42:44 PM
Captain Underpants probably saved my kid's education.  He hated reading and refused to do it.  I got him all the Captain Underpants books and he read them with enthusiasm.  He immediately jumped to other series like Stanley, Dairy of a Wimpy Kid, etc... He just needed a gateway book to get excited about reading.  So FU to people that want to ban that series.  Yes, it's not Charlotte's Web or Treasure Island, but it got him to look at books not as a chore but as something fun.
 
2013-09-24 01:43:09 PM
 
2013-09-24 01:47:28 PM
Really, it's on the preferred list in Fairfax County (MA).    I niece got a dressing down in the third grade for reading things like The Grapes of Wrath, etc... rather than things like Captain Underpants that were on the recommended list.   Of course, both the kids parents are lawyers, so they were obviously messing with the wrong family on that one.
 
2013-09-24 01:53:14 PM

BalugaJoe: First they burn books. Next they are burning people.


Not all progress is pretty.
 
2013-09-24 02:02:32 PM
My 6-year-old has read all Captain Underpants books, and I even bought him the hard-cover of the newest one a few weeks ago. Twenty minutes later, he had read the entire thing. Then he grabbed one of his old C.U. books and read that. Then went back to the new one and re-read it.

Yeah, the "sub-literate style" bugs me sometimes, like spelling "adventures" as "advenchers" or "except" as "exsept." But I think those are just in the comics at the beginning of each book. The rest of the book is fine. Not great, but fine. My kid is reading and devouring books at a younger age than I was when I started. I can't wait until he's older so I can introduce him to some of my favorite SF/Fantasy authors. He's certainly got the imagination to appreciate them.

So to those people who want to burn books, any book: fark you. Hard. With a rust-covered fork.
 
2013-09-24 02:10:28 PM

JohnCarter: You know who else banned books?

[www.dw.de image 700x394]


that actually took a lot longer than I expected.


I found out "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" was banned.  No idea why.
And this is the best reason EVER to ban a book (if such a thing exists):
Slaughterhouse Five
Challenged at the Owensboro, KY High School library (1985) because of "foul language, a section depicting a picture of an act of bestiality, a reference to 'Magic Fingers' attached to the protagonist's bed to help him sleep, and the sentence: 'The gun made a ripping sound like the opening of the fly of God Almighty."'

Magic Fingers are the devil's work!!
 
2013-09-24 02:28:45 PM

Unoriginal_Username: /she did have one girl tell her that she wasn't allowed to read books about supernatural or SF or Fantasy, all because of religion


Evil Mackerel: BalugaJoe: First they burn books. Next they are burning people.

Not all progress is pretty.


and you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. so, who is first up for teh eugenics?
 
2013-09-24 02:29:09 PM
I always made it a point to buy books for my daughter that were on the "banned and/or challenged" lists.  Captain Underpants books were stupid and she didn't care for them because they were below her reading level by the time we had even heard of them.  My nephew however, loved them and it's probably the only reason he bothered to learn to read.
 
2013-09-24 02:32:39 PM
In 1970, Peter Dale Scott, a professor of English at UC Berkley, published The War Conspiracy, a scathing investigation of the CIA, oil companies, and their manipulation of US foreign policy in order to escalate the Vietnam War for their own ends. Before the book could be made public, however, the CIA intervened and successfully stopped its release.

Today it's Captain Underpants, on the bright side we don't have to worry about being dumbed down.

"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get the people to stop reading them." -Ray Bradbury
 
2013-09-24 02:42:29 PM
I found the list in question (http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10) and note that there are no banned books, just challenged books. The title of the list is misleading.
Voltaire said "I don't agree with what you are saying, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." I don't agree with people who challenge these books, but I thank God we live in a country where we have that right.
What do you think happens to people who challenge books in Syria or North Korea?
 
2013-09-24 03:07:53 PM
How about banning a book that talks about homosexuality, murder, bestiality, incest and rape, among other things?  Sound good?


OK, bah by, Bible.
 
2013-09-24 03:48:00 PM
I still remember years ago people trying to get the Harry Potter books banned because they would turn kids into Satan worshippers!
 
2013-09-24 03:50:53 PM

JohnCarter: You know who else banned books?

[www.dw.de image 700x394]


Or you could go the Detroit route.  They didn't just ban some books, they let all of the rot.

img.weburbanist.com
 
2013-09-24 05:44:07 PM

rnatalie: Really, it's on the preferred list in Fairfax County (MA).    I niece got a dressing down in the third grade for reading things like The Grapes of Wrath, etc... rather than things like Captain Underpants that were on the recommended list.   Of course, both the kids parents are lawyers, so they were obviously messing with the wrong family on that one.


I got pulled aside in 7th grade for that.  Actually, the teacher was impressed that I took it on.
 
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