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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
My 6 1/2 year old daughter, 4 1/2 year old son, as well as my
wife and I all enjoyed it very much. We have been Pilkey fans for
awhile and have enjoyed all of the Captain Underpants Series and
Ricky Ricotta Series. This is really an extension of Captain
Underpants, but it is all written as if it were a George and Harold
comic book. If you're familiar with Captain Underpants you'll know what
that means. Basically Pilkey created 2 mischevious gradeschoolers
who make up comic books about Captain Underpants and inadvertantly
created a "real" Captain Underpants. When they get into trouble and
have to write an essay, they wind up making up a new character, Super
Diaper Baby, which is the basis of this book/comic book. The humor
appeals to children, but also contain references which will amuse the
parents. Its a little harder for non-readers to follow than Captain
Underpants because its all written as a comic book, but my son was able
to follow and enjoy it quite a bit. The Flip-O-Ramas are fun as usual
although they are less professional (this book is by 9 and 10 year olds,
not an adult). If you're not familiar with Captain Underpants, I'd buy the
4-pack 1st and when you're addicted to the series, then get this book.
But even if its your first Pilkey book, you'll like it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
Dav Pilkey never fails to make me laugh. This book is written under the guise that his Captain Underpants protagonists, Harold Hutchins and George Beard, have to write an essay about why you should be a good citizen. The result is Super Diaper Baby, a super tot who fights for truth, justice, and the pursuit of a clean diaper.
The less said the better, let's just say that parents will cringe at the thought of their child reading this, then sit down in private and laugh themselves silly. This is a great little book for young and old.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm really very happy with the Super Diaper Baby and Captain Underpants books. Is it what I would run out and "choose" for my daughter to read? Not in a million years. But my daughter has been reading since she was three years old. During first grade this past school year she was tested at a fifth grade reading level. Yet she rarely read. This series has seriously sparked her interest in reading and opens the doors for more books. The "potty humor".....kids are going to be exposed to that with or without these books. I can remeber finding potty humor hilarioius as a kid. I say let them be kids, continue to teach them what's appropriate and when and thank God they have a desire to read. I'm thrilled to see a "passion" for books finally developing in my 7 year old.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Super Diaper Baby - it's very fun because the bad
guy is poo and he steps on people. I recommend you
could buy it because it's very funny and the bad guy
turns into poo. There's a bad dog but he turns good.
Buy this book and also buy captain underpants because
Captain Underpants came first. But I recommend that you
read Captain Underpants first even though Super Diaper
Baby is funnier.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Bad enough that children today are presented with so many spelling challenges in mass marketing (krispy kreme, donut, quik trip, etc. As a K-8 educator AND parent, their reading material is where I have to draw the line. Has this author no editors? Even if you can see past the disturbing subject matter (a book all about poop), why would you want your student studying a text with blatant spelling errors? From the front cover ("laffs") to the last page ("hapily") and everywhere in between, if your student already struggles AT ALL with spelling, this is definitely NOT the book you'll want them reading!

For the same money, you could purchase two different books of Geronimo Stilton or Ready Freddy, or even R.L. Stine's Goosebumps, any of which would be a much better 2nd-4th grade student literature investment in this educator's opinion.
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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have always supported student's freedom to read what they wish, and have fought against the banning of books. It was truly bothersome to me, then, when I bought this book, previewed it, and realized that it simply could not go into my classroom.
Why?
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Some people think that just because this book explains waste means it's disgraceful. That is not true. Everybody eats, sleeps and poops. Children need to learn how the body works, it's natural to use the bathroom. Bathroom humour is just fine because it gets kids interested in how the body works. All of you who don't like this book are parents that are very naive and secretive. If you haven't noticed, many children and even adults are fine with knowledge about bodily functions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This is a great concept for a book, but it is poorly executed.

I got this book for my daughter as she is getting into reading - she's 8 years old.

Unfortunately this book is so full of deliberate spelling mistakes that she was having trouble working out what the story was about. I bought the book to foster her love of reading and help reinforce what she is learning at school. However, this book is teaching incorrect spelling, has poor punctuation and grammar that it would her ability backwards. Words are spelt phonetically not correctly.

Poor choice. I want my money back!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
A big disappointment from Dav Pilkey. The wit and humour from the Captain Underpants unfortunately doesn't carry on to the new super-hero "Super Diaper Baby". I realise this is a book that most parents would like to encourage their kids into reading, but in doing so, you could at least pick a book that has drawings that aren't crude, and writers that know how to spell "impossible". Pilkey has alot of talent which is shown in Ricky Ricotta and captain underpants, unfortunately this book isn't one of his most shining moments. A 2 out of possible 5 stars for a good plot, but....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Super Diaper Baby is really absolutely hilarious. It really has a direct line to the kid sense of humor, and the drawings are adorable and entertaining. The only problem is the humor is almost all of the bathroom variety, and it is soooo funny to kids that they will read it, and talk about it, many more times than adults might want. But one amazing book that everyone will love is Bitsie VS The Collector: A Beautifully Illustrated Children's Comic Picture Book
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