Book News: ‘Captain Underpants’ Is 2013’s Most Vilified Book : The Two-Way : NPR

In a clear victory for the villainous Dr. Diaper, Captain Underpants — Dav Pilkey’s series about a heartless school principal who when hypnotized becomes a kindly superhero dressed only in a cape and a pair of underpants — topped the American Library Association’s annual list of most-challenged books for the second year in a row. A challenge is a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness." In a statement, Pilkey said he was surprised "that a series with no sex, no nudity, no drugs, no profanity and no more violence than a Superman cartoon has caused such an uproar." The full list — maybe the only place you’ll see Captain Underpants listed together with Toni Morrison’s masterpiece The Bluest Eye and E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey — is here:

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