Dav Pilkey’s Extra Crunchy Website o’ Fun
Dav Pilkey’s Extra Crunchy Website o’ Fun, http://www.pilkey.com/, accessed August 5, 2010.
Stops Wetness! Fights Odor! Stays Crisp in Milk! Or so his splash page says. Anyone familiar with Dav Pilkey understands that this site is going to be kooky, irreverent and loaded with kid-friendly humor. Pilkey even includes this disclaimer on the splash page:
WARNING: This website contains scenes and material which may be considered too silly for grown-ups, small animals, and many varieties of houseplants. If you are a grown-up, a small animal, or a houseplant, we strongly urge you to seek the permission of a kid before browsing this site!
And, man, is this site loaded with great material. Go ahead grown-ups, take a look. Unless you are adamantly opposed to Captain Underpants for whatever reasons, you’ll be begging your kids to spend time online, at Pilkey’s place, ’cause there’s lots to see, do (and yes, even learn) here.
Pilkey’s humor isn’t lost in the translation from book to Web. If you’re a grown-up, go on and click on his links for “Stuff for Boring Grown-ups” (conveniently located under “Junk” in “Junk, Stuff and Thingies”). If you don’t laugh, then Dav’s right, this probably isn’t the site for you or your kids.
However, reluctant readers have been tricked into enjoying books thanks to the Captain Underpants series. So, introduce them to the book list here; or the free videos, free music, free avatars, free games, and other fun free stuff; or let them read the cartoon about Dav’s journey from class clown with a branch office in the school hallway to well-loved children’s book author/illustrator; or visit the parent/teacher resources.
This site is a must-list for Web resources for children and educators (parents included) alike. Librarians better print some of the activity sheets and pass ’em around–with the Web address prominently displayed. Anyone dealing with reluctant readers needs to use this page.
Looks to me like Dav Pilkey takes this humor thing seriously. Seems like he’s hiding a diabolical plot to encourage reluctant readers too. Curse him! ;)