________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 18 . . . . May 10, 2002

cover The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby.

Dav Pilkey.
New York, NY: Scholastic, (Distributed in Canada by Scholastic Canada), 2002.
125 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $22.99 (cl.).
ISBN 0-439-37606-8 (pbk.), ISBN 0-439-37605-X (cl.).

Subject Headings:
Cartoons and comics-Fiction.
Humorous stories.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11.

Review by Meredith MacKeen.

** /4

excerpt: image

(the words are in cartoon bubbles)

Picture 1: Deputy Dangerous was mean and ruthless, I'm evil too.

Picture 2: Danger Dog was also bad too. I'm not really evil. I'm just in it for the kibbles. Hey, Shut up.

Picture 3: Together they opened up a (sic) underware (sic) laundry. But it was a trap.

Picture 4: Soon came the moment that Deputy Dangerous was waiting for. Tra La -Laaaa. Look whose hear(sic) Its (sic) Captain Underpants.

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby is a comic version of the struggle between good Diaper Baby and the evil Deputy Dangerous and Danger Dog. While Diaper Baby is being born, Deputy Dangerous and Danger Dog capture Captain Underpants and extract his power. At the same time, an overzealous doctor gives the new born Diaper Baby a "spank of life" that sends him through the window just in time to drink all the super power juice from Captain Underpants. The ensuing fight between the baby and the deputy is presented as a fliporama, and a hospital nurse arrives just in time to send the victorious baby back to his parents. In the following chapters, other means of capturing the baby are tried and each fails. After a few more flip-oramas, Deputy who has been converted into a turd, is wrapped in toilet paper and taken to Uranus. On the return trip, Diaper Dog buys a drink from Mars that restores Captain Underpants to his former strength. The comic featuring Captain Underpants was started by Dav Pilkey, and The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby continuation is written under the guise of two 10-year-old boys who have taken the story to a higher level of crudeness. Needless to say, the story is popular with reluctant readers aged 8 to 10 who respond to all the craziness and unmentionable topics.

     The drawings are typical of good child cartoonists, and the book also includes instructions for drawing the main characters and making flip-o-ramas. While the informal spelling and casual grammar will make some teachers wince, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby will have its following among those wanting a laugh, if not a stimulating read. This book is more questionable than the other Captain Underpants stories, and, in some communities, teacher-librarians may prefer not to purchase it.

Recommended with reservations.

Meredith MacKeen is a teacher-librarian at Glen Stewart School in Stratford, PEI.

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