A new "Captain Underpants" book coming this summer
"The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby No. 2" is finally on its way.
Excuse me a moment while I shout something that will make me the most popular person in the nation’s elementary schools: DAV PILKEY HAS A NEW "CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS" BOOK COMING OUT THIS SUMMER.Skip to next paragraph
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Technically, the book is “The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby #2,” but it totally counts in the universe of "Captain Underpants." You know "Captain Underpants," those funny, goofy, slightly potty-humored “epic novels” that have led more boys to love reading than any other book series I can think of this side of Harry Potter.
I didn’t actually set out to get that tidbit of fun-o-rama news when I talked with Tracy van Straaten of Scholastic books, vice president for publicity. I was calling because of the notice my 8-year-old son saw a few months ago in the back of his used copy of "Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds).”
(If you’re not already familiar with the series, the title alone tells you a lot.)
On page 33, the reader is instructed to shake the book uncontrollably while shouting the word “KA-BLOOOOOSH!” as loud as possible. “Don’t worry, you won’t get in trouble,” it said. Oh, really?
On the book’s last page, there’s a note:
“If you got in trouble for shouting “Ka-BLOOOOOSH!” please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: “I got in trouble for shouting KA-BLOOOOOSH!” c/o Scholastic Inc., P.O. Box 711, New York NY 10013-0711. We’ll send you something fun!”
Of course, my son wanted to respond. But the book had originally been released in 1999. I assured him he had no better chance of getting a response than if he replied to an ad for secret decoder rings from a 1940s comic book. C’mon, it’s been years since I even heard the words “self-addressed stamped envelope.”
He sent it off anyway, and waited. And waited, and waited. And one day in the mailbox, probably two months later, an envelope arrived. It was “A Newsletter For People Who Got in Trouble For Shouting Ka-BLOOOOOSH,” four pages of activities and fun. I’ve never seen that kid so excited over a piece of mail.