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Pottymouth and Stoopid
Thank you! Pottymouth and Stoopid take on relentless bullies, terrible teachers, and a dastardly Ex-Dad. Twelve-year-olds Michael and David have been best friends—and the objects of widespread ridicule—since preschool. An entertaining—but not particularly original—addition to the perennially relevant genre. We ask mega bestseller James Patterson why he's giving away his books, and talk to him about some controversial statements he's recently made. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again.
Sign up for our newsletters! What happens when you label a child "stupid" or "pottymouth" or any other moniker when they are small and then the label sticks? You tend to have a child who acts according to the way he was labeled. The nicknames stuck. Even the teachers started calling these kids by their nicknames instead of their real names. So, David, aka Stoopid, continued to act stupid, and Michael, aka Pottymouth, continued to use inappropriate language throughout their school years. As you can guess, this got them into all kinds of trouble.
Being smart or being different often makes a young person a target for bullies. From age four on, David Scungili and Michael Littlefield have been unfairly labelled as Stoopid and Pottymouth, nicknames that brand them for a life of cruelty, blame, and untruths. While occasionally over-done and drawn out, Patterson and Grabenstein likely chose that storytelling style intent ionally to send the subliminal message that bullying is tiresome. It transforms attitudes and shapes self-perception, producing hopelessness, pessimism, and bitterness in the bullied. As he explores, he occasionally blunders, but error has value: mistake-making produces learning and is an essential part of the creative process.