I have always supported student's freedom to read what they wish, and have fought against the banning of books. It was truly bothersome to me, then, when I bought this book, previewed it, and realized that it simply could not go into my classroom.
For two very stupid reasons, and reasons which, sadly, are not essential to the book. 1) The use of a scatological term, beginning with "t", and rhyming with bird. I would not accept this term in my student's writing, nor can I include it in my class library. 2) The scene in the birthing room, when Super Diaper Baby is born - it just might violate our school's family life policy! (I kid you not.)
It appears that Dav Pilkey is using a very clever marketing ploy - make the books so unacceptable that kids will want to read them just to annoy their parents and teachers. Until now, he has managed to write excellent stories while keeping this premise low key, but he has now become a bit too arrogant, forcing a confrontation over how much literature that focuses on poop is acceptable in the classroom. Students will want these books, because they are a challenge to their parents and authority, and because of this, Pilkey will make quite a bit of money. Sadly, this kind of challenge to authority is the most useless kind. What pride can there be in basically saying "Hey, mom and dad, I have the right to read stories that talk a lot about poop!" Challenges to authority are not to be taken lightly, they are serious endeavors that should be worth the struggle. Children who take on the poop challenge are not fighting for something that they can take pride in later. Take on issues that will actually mean something to you.
Anyways, back to the book. It has it's funny moments, some very odd cultural references, bizarre spelling errors that no student would actually make, and is overall a satisfying read. It's sad that this book may cause more of Pilkey's books to be removed from schools that put in.