I partnered with Scholastic to share this Captain Underpants giveaway
Yes, you read that correctly. I know you probably dislike Captain Underpants for the potty humor and misspellings that fill the pages of the graphic novel but if your child is clamoring to see Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (in theaters on June 2), here’s why kids should be allowed to read Captain Underpants before you head to the theater.
7 Reasons Why Kids Should be Allowed to Read Captain Underpants
Kids Love Captain Underpants
Captain Underpants books are polarizing among parents because we think it sets a bad example and teachers cringe because the book has underpants in the title but kids love this series by Dav Pilkey. There is no shortage of potty humor and misspellings on the pages of the graphic novel but in a child’s mind, that’s what makes it fun. And it’s also kind of fun to think about hypnotizing your principal into thinking he’s an underwear wearing tra-la-laaa singing superhero!
Kids are naturally drawn to Captain Underpants because it’s funny, easy to read, and has a clear good guy and plenty of bad guys that leave you rooting for good to triumph over evil.
Instead of getting your underpants in a wad, seize upon the book’s teachable moments by:
- Expanding your child’s vocabulary by teaching them the difference between a protagonist (Captain Underpants) and antagonist
- Correctly spelling the words George and Harold misspell in their comic
- Practicing their writing skills by making their own comic
- Exercising their creativity by drawing their own Flip-O-Rama
It’s Better for Them to Read Something They Love Rather Than Nothing at All
My mother, a former classroom teacher who retired with 30+ years of experience, used to tell me and my brother that she didn’t care what we read, as long as we were reading. I remember pouring over the Sunday comics, reading the Wall Street Journal upside down at our breakfast table as my dad studied it every morning, devouring Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes comic books, and then retreating to my room to read series like The Chronicles of Narnia. She loved that I was inspired to read anything and everything and didn’t care what I was reading for pleasure because she knew that any time spent with a book or magazine would be positive.
Kids should be allowed to read what they want for pleasure. It’s one of the best ways for them to stay motivated to read and develop a lifelong love of reading. Chances are if you let them read Captain Underpants over the summer, it will be far easier to get them to read than if you choose the book for them.
And as author, Dav Pilkey says, reading gives you superpowers!
Who doesn’t love a good Flip-O-Rama? This low-tech way of creating animations by flipping a page is pure fun and are a staple of all of Dav Pilkey’s books.
Even at ages 10 and 13, my kids still get a kick out of them! Take a look at this video Emily did 6 years ago explaining Flip-O-Ramas for a video review one of Dav Pilkey’s other books!
Thomas and Emily did this review of Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers and as you can see, they still love Flip-O-Ramas!
Let Your Kids Read Captain Underpants in Full Color
My kids will tell you that back in the day, their Captain Underpants books only came in black and white! They love having The Adventures of Captain Underpants: Now in Full Color (click here for a preview!) as part of our family library.
Companion Books Serve as a Fun Way to Practice Reading and Writing Skills
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Official Handbook and Wacky Word Wedgies and Flushable Fill-Ins are companion books to the movie that are in stores now. The pair is under $10 if you order them on Amazon, making them a great price and perfect for practicing reading and writing skills over the summer in the most fun way. Wacky Word Wedgies and Flushable Fill-Ins is a Mad-Libs type book that requires kids to use what they know about parts of speech to create hilarious stories.
It’s hard not to be motivated to read Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Official Handbook, the perfect post-movie book!
Reading Captain Underpants Will Lead to Seeing the Movie and Reading More Books
If you let your child read a Captain Underpants book, chances are they will want to see the movie and once they see the movie, they’ll want to read more Captain Underpants. And that’s not a bad thing! With 11 books featuring the tighty whitey wearing red caped superhero, Captain Underpants can keep your kids reading all summer long!
Take a look at this video review my kids did of Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot two years ago!
It’s Always Better to Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie
Action! Thrills! Laffs! A Captain Underpants Giveaway!
To celebrate the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie on June 2, I’ve partnered with Scholastic on a giveaway for a Captain Underpants prize pack! One winner will receive a prize pack containing:
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Book 1, now in full color!)
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Official Handbook
- Captain Underpants: Wacky Word Wedgies and Flushable Fill-Ins
- Plus a $50 Visa gift card for your own epic adventure!
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