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Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey: Books to get your 8 to 10 year old son to love reading

Updated on August 12, 2015

While I cannot recommend the Captain Underpants series of books, my middle son Connor sure can. He has loved every single one of these books, and they are just what he needed to get into reading.

A little background on Connor, he had a lot of problems starting reading, and had a lot of issues learning to read. One of the biggest motivators for me, as a child, was finding a series of books that really interested me. Once I found that (which happened to be the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey) I was hooked.

I knew it was just finding the right series and the same love of books that I have could be transferred to my son.

One day he came home with a Captain Underpants book by Dav Pilkey. Frankly, the stories are gross, with talks about wedgies, farts, and other unsavory things. Just what a 9 or 10 year old needs and is interested in, unfortunately.

He has loved every one, to the point that he requests them. He has since read the entire series. Now he has expanded to other novels and is currently reading the Magic Tree House books.

We also have A Wrinkle in Time for once he is ready, which has always been a classic for young readers.

So, in conclusion, while I do not like the content of Captain Underpants, I do feel it is worth the inevitable fart jokes, so long as it means that reading becomes a permanent part of your child's life. Know your audience and you will be much more successful in instilling a passion of reading in your child.


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    • dancingdiva02 profile image

      dancingdiva02 3 years ago

      I loved these books as a child!

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image

      Missmerfaery444 3 years ago

      I feel exactly the same way - not my thing at all, but during my time as school library manager, the amount of boys who loved these books was tremendous. Some got into reading through them, some turned to them as school readers because they didn't want anything else - but either way, they were reading! :)