The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby Paperback – Mar 1 2002
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Move over, Captain Underpants! There's a tiny new superhero in town. Undaunted by Principal Krupp's insistence that their essay assignment on good citizenship not be another comic book about the briefs-clad warrior, fourth graders George and Harold decide to invent a new superhero. Super Diaper Baby is born! It's up to our fearless infant hero to save the planet from diabolical Deputy Doo-Doo and his reluctantly evil pooch, Danger Dog ("I'm not really evil. I'm just in it for the kibbles."). Several robotic battles, intergalactic digressions, and "flip-o-ramas" later, Super Diaper Baby has done his duty, and George and Harold are in trouble yet again with their principal. Still, it was worth it, as any fan of Dav Pilkey's lowbrow, scatologically inclined "epic novels" (The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, etc.) will attest. George and Harold's spelling is atrocious, their humor is straight off the grade school playground, and kids love every page of it. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
When the principal discovers incorrigible fourth graders George and Harold in the gym, running over ketchup packets with their skateboards, he punishes them with the assignment of writing a 100-page essay on good citizenship and cautions them against turning in another comic book about Captain Underpants. No problemo for this creative duo, who instead invent another slightly younger "super hero." The madcap misadventures of this diapered daredevil possess all the kid-tickling silliness that fans of his underwear-clad predecessor apparently can't get enough of plus ample doses of bathroom humor. When the doctor gives him "the spank of life" at birth, he slaps the newborn too hard and the infant goes flying out the hospital window, landing in a container of "super power juice" that evil Deputy Dangerous has zapped from Captain Underpants. Then, trying to retrieve the powers from Baby, the villain inadvertently turns himself into the "piece of poo" that was in the young hero's diaper. "Deputy Doo-Doo" then seeks revenge alas, to no avail, since in the end, his once-loyal pooch and Baby wrap him up mummy-like in (what else?) toilet paper. Visually similar to the Captain Underpants capers, Pilkey's latest is replete with misspellings, pleasingly bad puns and the "flip-o-rama" feature that slips some rudimentary animation into these preposterously good-humored pages. Novice graphic-novel creators will appreciate a concluding "How 2 Draw" section. Ages 7-10.
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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.
There's not much to this book. It's crass and unoriginal. It rips off a couple of features from "Crazy", an obnoxious, poorly realized, long-defunct MAD magazine clone from Marvel Comics: "home-made" comics with bad "kid" art and deliberate spelling errors, and simple page-flipping animation of characters beating on one another. As a kid reading that magazine, I found that 2 pages per issue of this was plenty for something that's only mildly amusing. It's scary to think that kids nowadays go for a whole bookful of this crap and think it's laugh-out-loud funny. Ah, and speaking of "crap", that's the other element added into the mix. A big loaf of unrestrained, graphic potty humor was pinched into the presentation, as if it weren't obnoxious enough already. The end result is kids mistake stupidity for subversiveness.
Shame on Scholastic, who long ago was on the right track with laudable kids' publications like "Dynamite". Apparantly nowadays slumming for a buck takes a higher priority than maintaining semi-decent standards for quality childrens' literature.
I rate Diaper Baby 1 star, but only because Amazon won't let me rate it a 0.
Fans of the toilet humor seen in the previous "Captain Underpants" books, or anyone who's a fourth-grader at heart, will laugh out loud at the villain that gets turned into a piece of poop and his newborn nemesis, the only one stopping him from world domination. The pages are packed with gross jokes, Flip-O-Rama, and subtle humor especially appreciated by older readers. While this book is recommended for everyone seeking a laugh, it should come with a warning: Read this book in private or only around people who know you --- anyone else might think you're crazy for laughing out loud, seemingly at random.
This book, like all the others in the series is funny, irreverent, imaginative and easy to read. I do wish the books were a bit longer. I have bought easy to read books only to have my son say "I finished it" before we got home from the bookstore. And I find myself thinking "why didnt I just let him read it there? or get it from a library....."
I think my son started reading these in about 4th grade and its a very good start on *chapter books* They can be daunting at first, when going from simple picture books to actual chapters and books like this series are a good transition book. The print is very readable, there are pictures in all the books and the fact that its funny, keeps him interested.
His reading level is beyond this now but he still looks forward to every new one in the series, just for fun.
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I DON'T KNOW WHAT 1 STAR PEOPLE THINK CAUSE DAV PILKEY IS AWESOME AND YU GUYS HAVE DA WRONG IMPRESSION OK?Published 7 months ago by Yu Zhang
A comic style book. My children are 5 & 7 and have no trouble reading this on their own.Published 14 months ago by Meredith Schreiter
This was just absolutely hilarious! I loved it! Set up as one of the comics that George and Harold are always writing it starts off with the two of them getting in trouble with Mr. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2014 by Nicola Mansfield
This book is riddled with spelling errors and misused words. I'm surprised the publisher sent it to print.Published on Aug. 6 2014 by Amazon Customer
My daughter was very happy with the book and read it at least a couple of times. Arrived in a timely manner and was great value for my money.Published on Oct. 14 2013 by Laura R Carter
This book is hilarious! This is a great book to read, and you can't put it down. I laugh everytime I read it. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby is action-packed, funny ,and quirky. The character fight many foes such as the Robo Ant 2000 and Deputy Doo-Doo. Read morePublished on May 28 2004
I suggest this book for kids who like comedy. I think it's by Dav Pilkey but it says George & Harold. It's about a baby who becomes a hero by getting spanked. Read morePublished on April 29 2004