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To Captain Underpants or Not to Captain Underpants?

posted May 31, 2011, 6:18 AM by K Day   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 11:46 AM ]
Previously I had taken the position that we wouldn't bring books like Captain Underpants into our home. My thought was that since there is no real academic value in them, why bring them into the house. I've recently reconsidered my position. 

Recently our local library started a book club for the 6-8 year old crowd and the book this month is "The Adventures of Captain Underpants". WHAT?!?!?!?!!? Are you serious! I couldn't believe it... Taka was excited by the book club so we checked the book out anyway. 

When we got home we began to read... It was a quick read, very simple, silly and beyond logic - Taka' loved it. It was the silly, unbelievable humor of it all that got him. The fact that he read it by himself got me. Here is a book he is so interested in that he reads it to himself, quietly with the exception of the excited laughing. 

In the end we have decided to allow Captain Underpants into our home. Not for the cerebral stimulation but for the fact that Taka' likes reading it. It is promoting a very important skill which will develop into deeper reading habits. I also like the way it develops imagination. Too often in our world today imagination is frowned upon. I hope this will inspire Taka's imagination in ways I had never thought of before.