Captain Underpants Returns

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Dav Pilkey returns with his newest installment of the Captain Underpants series.  The ninth book in the series, Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, was written after a 6 year break by Pilkey.  Appealing to kids 7 and up, nearly 50 million copies of his books are in print.  In addition, a movie is in development.

In a recent interview, Pilkey explained how he got the idea for the book when he was in second grade.  His teacher used the word underwear in class and everyone thought that was so funny.  She didn’t. “Wow,” he was quoted as saying, “underwear is really powerful.  I should find a way to capitalize on that.”  And he began drawing the character.

As a child, Pilkey said, he had reading problems.  He would have like to read about superheroes who battled monsters in their underwear.  So his target audience is kids who don’t like books.  Another audience that doesn’t like his books are many parents.  He said that every once in a while a parent tries to get his books banned.  He said that audience doesn’t get it; his target audience does.  Actually, according to the interview, he placed No. 13 on the top 100 banned and challenged books of the last decade.  You can be sure that  the newest installment of Captain Underpants will be on our next order.

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