Super Diaper Baby 2: Review and Book Gift Set Giveaway

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Cover art used with permission by Scholastic, Inc.

A couple weeks ago we received a free review copy of Dav Pilkey’s (as George Beard and Harold Hutchins) newest book, Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, which was released to the public on June 28th.  GeekMom Amy had provided us a sneak preview of the book after the Book Expo America this past spring and her assessment was spot on: my son’s first graphic novels were from the Captain Underpants series, and he wasted no time on this latest installment.

My oldest son, age 8, read the book VERY quickly (he’s a relatively slow, but thorough, reader), and really enjoyed it.

Like Pilkey’s other books in the series, the author is portraying two fourth-graders named George Beard and Harold Hutchins.  The kids appear to be the ones authoring the stories and drawing the comics.  Even though the earlier books claim the author is Dav Pilkey right on the front cover, his most recent books don’t show his name on the covers anywhere.  You have to look at the copyright page to see Pilkey’s name now.

Caution: Toilet talk-laden spoiler alert!

In the first story in the series, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (2002), the hero’s origins were covered.  Diaper Baby, named “Billy,” got his powers from birth; he was accidentally dropped into a cup of “Super Juice” right when he was born.  Billy and his sidekick Diaper Dog saved the community from an evil…um…piece of poop.  The story is complete with a Captain Underpants crossover, which made it very appealing to my sons.  Meanwhile, I was reminded of South Park’s Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo while reading the story.

In the next installment, George and Harold were in trouble with their school principal for writing the first adventure, so they attempted a new set of stories.  Since the first book was about evil, um, poop…you can guess what this book is about.

That’s right –pee!  A new evil villain emerges — evil Dr. Dinkle.  He invented a machine that turns solids into water (so that he can liquefy banks to rob them), and the machine was accidentally turned on the villain, turning him into water.  His cat then drank the Dr. Dinkle-turned-water and went potty.  So this evil villain tries to conquer the world as a puddle of pee…along with his cat who operates a super cat-robot.  He destroys all the toilets in the community and convinces everyone to buy his (stolen) diapers.  Super Diaper Baby and Diaper Dog use their super physical and mental powers to conquer the cat, the cat robot and eventually the puddle of pee.

Image used with permission from Scholastic, Inc.

I asked my son some questions about his impressions of  Super Diaper Baby 2. Here are his answers.  He’s a pretty no-nonsense kid and usually won’t say anything more than what’s asked of him:

GeekMom: What was the story about?

Geekling: A bad guy named Dr. Dinkle who made a machine that was supposed to turn anything into water.  But his cat accidentally aimed the machine at Dr. Dinkle, and the bad guy himself turned into water and then he tried to take over the world.  Then he was able to rob banks.  He slid under vaults as water and took the money.  One day his thirsty cat slurped up Dr. Dinkle when he was water, then the cat went potty and Dr. Dinkle turned into pee.  Even though he was pee, he invented a robot to destroy toilets so people would have to wear diapers…Dr. Dinkle would sell diapers to everyone and make more money.

Super Diaper Baby is a baby boy who accidentally drank super power juice and then he got super powers and he was able to fly.  He saved the day.

GeekMom: What did Super Diaper Baby have to do to get rid of the bad guy?

Geekling: He had to destroy the bad guy’s cat who was controlling the robot.  The robot was crushing toilets.  Because all the diapers were being crushed, people had to go potty in their pools and had to wear diapers.

Dr. Dinkle's mechanical cat will destroy all the toilets in town! Artwork used with permission by Scholastic, Inc.

GeekMom: How did this book compare to the other Dav Pilkey books you’ve read, such as the earlier Captain Underpants stories and Ook and Gluk?

Geekling: I liked them the same.  They’re cool.

GeekMom: What was your favorite part of the story?

Geekling: When the bad guy’s cat went crazy for catnip, which is how the robot got destroyed.  The cat said “I’m kookoo for kitty nip” and made the robot bounce around and eventually break.  That’s how it got broken.

Sounds really gross, doesn’t it?  That’s because it is.  Combine that with fourth-grader-quality comic art and the elementary-aged grammar and spelling and you have one of the hottest books of the year for elementary-school aged boys.

My youngest son (age 6) was hovering around my 8-year-old waiting for the book to come available.  They were fighting over whose bedroom the books would reside in after they were read!  They laughed and discussed the stories as if they were attending a book club.  They are awe-struck with how strong Super Diaper Baby is, and they love his trusty sidekick too.

I have to admit being torn on the issue.  I shared GeekMom Kris’s curiosity about whether succumbing to toilet humor would be the only way to get my sons interested in literature.  My 8-year-old son had not always been the most enthusiastic reader, which was heart-breaking to me since I’m an incredible bookworm myself!  Until recently, he would read only when I made him.  My parents, my in-laws and I were searching high and low for books that might interest him while he was in Kindergarten and 1st grade.  Between the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and the Captain Underpants adventures, we had found winners in graphic novels.  Hooray, we cracked the code!

In summary, even though I was pretty grossed out by the potty humor, I can’t argue with anything that captures my sons’ attention and imagination as well as Dav Pilkey’s books have.  Even if I attempted to ban the language and discussion, it’d be a futile effort.  I have sons, it’s what they talk about.  And like Kris’ sons, they ventured out into other genres: my oldest son is now enjoying the Great Illustrated Classics series and is currently working on Around the World in 80 Days!

Scholastic has graciously offered Super Diaper Baby gift packs to TWO of our readers!  The prize packs include:

  • Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers
  • PLUS the first book! The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby
  • Super Diaper Baby Ruler

All you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post by MIDNIGHT Sunday, July 10th about your kids’ favorite book(s).  We’ll choose TWO winners at random from all the entries received.

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17 thoughts on “Super Diaper Baby 2: Review and Book Gift Set Giveaway

  1. Love theother series too! “Stink”the spin off of the Judy Moody series also are winners. Magic Tree house and magic school bus. Most recently Phenius and Ferb are huge hits !

    1. Well, Captian Underpants is my son’s favorite series, so I’m sure he’ll like this.

      Oh, and if your son liked this, try him on Horrible Histories series of books (search on Amazon…you’ll find a ton). A fun way to give them some palatable history.

  2. My girls both enjoyed the Captain Underpants series, although my younger daughter is more of a fan of Dav Pilkey’s other creation, “Ricky Ricotta’s Might Robot”. The Might Robot series is aimed at a little younger audience than Captain Underpants, and has less of a focus on toilet-related humor.

    They both enjoyed the first Super Diaper Baby, however.

  3. My 9 yr old daughter enjoys reading all of Dave Pilkey’s books in French and English. She also like to draw the Characters.

  4. My kids have not yet read Pilkey’s books but they sound up their alley and I can just imagine the squeals of delight from a superhero combatting poo and pee. We have had a number of conversations concerning when it is appropriate to discuss poo and pee, mostly surrounding dinner or restaurants… As far as books, they have lots of favorites but they really enjoy Jarrett Krosoczka’s Punk Farm, Punk Farm on Tour, and Pirate Bath books. I think my 6-year-old son would especially like Pilkey.

  5. My son is 6 and LOVES Dav Pilkey books, including Captain Underpants, Super Diaper Baby, the Dragon books and especially Ook and Gluk. We are also starting to get onto Magic Treehouse. He would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Monkeyboy likes Dinosaur Roar. Little Girl’s favorite is Silly Sally though we’re trying to convince her to read the scary larger size books. The Tinker Bell series is gaining some ground in that.

  7. Comment from my son: “I’ve read every single Captain Underpants and Ricky Ricotta book. I would love to win the Super Diaper Baby books!”

    He also has a little brother who loves Dumb Bunnies and I’m sure he would like these too.

    We also (whole family) love the Wimpy Kids series. The combination of comic drawings and text is a winner for younger readers.

    (I actually just discovered your blog from a friend’s link on Facebook – love it!)

  8. My boys were introduced to the Super Diaper Baby book by a friend and his mom in an effort to help my 8 year old learn to read better. It Worked! Absolutely loves going to the library to find whatever he can now!

  9. My son has read all of the books by Dav Pilkey. I am sure he would devour these.

  10. My youngest loves Pilkey’s books, although right now he’s currently been fascinated by the Melvin Beederman, Superhero series. I know he would still love to have a copy of Pilkey’s newest creation!

  11. My children right now love M is for Mischief. I have every word memorized, since they want me to read it a couple times a day. I would love a prize pack, perhaps they could have a new favorite!

  12. My kids love all of Pilkey’s books. My daughter’s reading improved so much because they are books she loves to read! It’s so awesome hearing her laugh and reading to her twin sisters.

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