“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The latest from Dav Pilkey...

Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers





Me and Dav Pilkey at ALA in New Orleans

Dav Pilkey never fails to bring potty humor to a new level.  I had the pleasure of relaxing with a “tinkletini” while standing in line in a red super cape with fellow librarians to meet the infamous author for a sacred signed copy of his new book Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers on the day of its release.  I love it that Dav has become a superstar despite the critics out there that claim his books aren’t good enough to be on our library shelves.  He has paved the way for graphic novels of all sorts and he is open and honest about who he is and why he writes the books he writes.

Caped librarians at ALA 2011 sipping "tinkletinis" and waiting to meet Dav

First of all Dav is funny.  When it comes down to it, most of us like a little down to earth potty humor when we’re with our families.  My little princess daughter is the first one to crack a joke about “the gas we pass.” When she was three, she walked around in a ballgown, but she also had a collection of Walter the Farting Dog books.  We decided then and there that she was probably going to be some boy’s perfect prom date.  Dav is using humor on a basic level that kids just get and parents would too if they stopped long enough to take a look.

Second, Dav purposely makes his books imperfect.  Children have enough examples of perfection around them.Dav takes the stand that children are smart enough to know what is a mistake in his book and if they see mistakes, they will find them funny.  They will also be encouraged to write themselves without worrying so much about being perfect.  One of the worst things children learn is that they have to be perfect in order to be good at something.  It steals creativity away from them. If we can encourage them to keep drawing and writing at all ages, they will continue to grow creatively and that is the point that Dav is trying to make. It is an honorable one.

Whether you like Dav Pilkey’s books or not, if your kids like his books, I encourage you to buy them for them.  Any books that kids will read over and over again are worthwhile. It keeps them reading and will encourage their creative spirit.  If they are reading Dav Pilkey, encourage them to write their own comics.  Maybe one day they’ll be at ALA and I’ll be getting their autographed new releases!

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