The Entertainment Weekly
articles are okay, but pretty much generic author interviews. For a real assessment of the series (a new volume came out the end of August) see One Nation, Underpants
. It’s not unusual for critics to talk about this or that children’s book as being subversive. Jessica Roake, this essay’s author, makes an excellent argument that the Captain Underpants
books truly does buck the traditional children’s literature world that “is brimming with poignant, metaphor-heavy, gracefully rendered portraits of childhood that English teachers just cherish
.” Unfortunately what many adults appreciate in a children’s book is not what children appreciate in a children’s book. Be sure to read the comments to this article. At the time I read them, most were a touching tribute to the Captain.
My response to the only Captain Underpants book I’ve read came early in Original Content‘s existence.