Monday, September 28, 2009

Banned Book Week REVIEW: The Stupids Die


Allard, H. (1981).  The Stupids Die.  New York:  Houghton Mifflin Company.

0395303478

The Stupids series are a group of picturebooks that are relatively light in plot and share the silly misunderstandings the Stupid family has as they go about their day.  Luckily the Stupids are cared for by their rather intelligent pets.

The big misunderstanding the Stupids have in The Stupids Die is that during a power outage, the Stupids assume they have died.

The Stupids series is a romp into the absurd, likely to make some readers a little uncomfortable and others uproariously amused as societal norms are violated.

Often the illustrations are essential in understanding how one of the Stupids have misinterpreted a simple activity.


Reasons Censored:

The Stupids are listed as 27 on the most challenged books of the 1990s.  But that particular list doesn't share the most common reasons why the series was challenged.  But I can imagine that it has do with age appropriateness or casual way the word stupid is thrown around.


Potential Counter-arguments:

While adults may find this series a little inappropriate, young students will love the fun with language and nonsensical behavior.  An adult can calm all of their concerns over sharing this book by reminding children that while it's okay to laugh at the Stupids and call them 'stupid,' it's not okay to use that word with real people.

An adult could also encourage readers to think of synonyms for the Stupids behavior.  A key word to embrace would be "silly."


Uses in the Classroom:

The Stupids can be used to show that everyone makes mistakes.  These books provide a fun little rebellion for young readers, providing them an opportunity to say "stupid" without getting in trouble and to poke fun at a lot of societal norms, like sleeping in beds instead of under them (much more fun!).


Quotes of Note:

"One morning Stanley Q. Stupid woke up with a funny feeling.  "Something really stupid is going to happen today," he said."

"The Stupids all had breakfast in the shower, as usual."

"After breakfast the two Stupid kids had chores to do.
Buster mowed the rug."


On a non-banned book related topic, check the site again tonight!  We're going to be launching a book giveaway that will last through October 19th.

8 comments:

  1. The Stupids Die?! :o) That... wow. I understand by your discription why that is the title, but it just seems a bit dramatic for children.

    ReplyDelete
  2. have any schools banned it yet

    ReplyDelete
  3. It has been challenged in some districts.

    ReplyDelete
  4. this book SUCKS!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Patrick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhh 3 little piglet. ahrgfh adslghflasdfjk

    ReplyDelete
  6. llalallllalalllalalllalallallaallalalalaallalalalalalalala TROLLL :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. ASDF
    ASD
    FASD
    F
    AS DF
    ASDF

    SDF

    ASDF
    AS D
    FA
    SDF
    AS
    DF
    A
    SDF
    A
    SDF
    AS
    F

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails