Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants follows the misadventures of George and Harold, best friends in a small-town fourth-grade class who inadvertently bring their comic-book creation to life.
Selling more than 70 million copies worldwide, the series is filled with silly puns, farcical hijinks, and heaps of potty humor. Naturally kids love it. Some grownups, not so much: The Captain Underpants books are routinely banned for encouraging kids to disobey authority.
They’ll have another reason to ban it, as the latest book in the series reveals Harold is gay.
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot, which hit stores on August 25, sees young George and Harold meeting their future selves—and their families:
“Old George, his wife and their kids, Meena and Nik, sat on the couch, while Old Harold, his husband, and their twins, Owen and Kei, plopped down on the giant beanbag chair.”
Grownup Harold is matter-of-factly presented as gay, which is still a rarity in kid’s lit.