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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  659 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Bestselling author James Patterson's best book for boys in years! Tired of being bullied, middle-school underdogs "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" finally fight back with the power of funny.

David and his best friend Michael were tagged with awful nicknames way back in preschool when everyone did silly things. Fast-forward to seventh grade: "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" are still st
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 12th 2017 by jimmy patterson
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Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book and gave it to the 9 year-old in my life. He told me to rate it 4 3/4 stars, so I'm translating that to five. :) For a kid who's shied away from thicker books, this was quite the accomplishment for him! I was going to read it when he was finished, but he's passed it along to one of his classmates. Easy come, easy go I suppose. ...more
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. At first I assumed it'd be really childish and well, stoopid. But as they say, never judge a book by its cover! I really related to David and Michael. I've never been called names in school but I was bullied other ways. But that's another story. Anyways, if you need a good wholesome pick me up book, don't be a fluffernutter and go read Pottymouth and Stoopid! ...more
Josh Newhouse
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 17feb
My 10 year old son and I both loved this and hope the sequel comes out in the voice of Pottymouth! Teaches a valuable lesson while funny and at times sad! A great partner to the I Funny books by Grabenstein and Patterson's Jimmy books! ...more
Christine (KizzieReads)
It's hard to rate this. When I first started reading it, I thought it would be this book about kids doing goofy things to get laughs in class. Not so at all. These kids are treated horribly by students, teachers and in one instance, by David's dad. One thing I didn't like was that he kept calling his dad his ex-dad. He is not the ex-dad, he is dad. He was a horrible man, but he can't be the ex-dad. Michael's parents are foster parents who don't work and swear all the time. Hence his nickname Pot ...more
Michael and David, aka Pottymouth and Stoopid have been best friends since preschool. Because of their wild and crazy antics and colorful, made-up language, they have been bullied for years. Fast forward to middle school, where their cruel nicknames have followed them. Everyone calls them by Pottymouth and Stoopid, even their teachers and principal. Michael and David just expect this to always be the case.

But, when their actions and pranks that have gone awry become fodder for a series on the C
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
David and Michael have had the unfortunate challenge of being dubbed with horrible nicknames in school by their peers. Michael, who tends to speak with additional made-up words, was dubbed Pottymouth since everyone assumed the words were curses, and David has the moniker Stoopid because he often makes mistakes, particularly since he gets nervous. Thes all goes back to kindergarten and a particular girl they have gone to school since then.

Now, they are in middle school, and their world is about t
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This books is pretty adorable. Both of my eight year old sons loved it, so I'm confident that Patterson knows the desires of his target market.

It was just fine for me, but I appreciate the humor, lessons and graphics. My favorite comic is on page 202, saying "I'd love to marry you but I can't. Your permanent record says you failed naptime in kindergarten."
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: alamw-17
*arc received from ALA*

Patterson/Grabensteins are mighty popular with my middle school readers, but I am not sure how much they'll like this one. There's a lot of episodic preamble towards the beginning and the story (to the extent there's a story -- about David's "ex dad" who attempts to commercialize his son's experiences being bullied) doesn't emerge until the middle.

It's not that funny nor does it have the heart and charm of the Lemoncello's library series.

I will probably buy a copy and if i
Clayton Dutfield
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pottymouth's characterist was Humility. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good story about how bullying is bad :) A must read
Ms. Yingling
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher at ALA

David and Michael have been known by their crass nicknames since their earliest school days; David because the mean Kaya saddles him with it and Michael because he is being raised in a foster home where the parents swear all of the time, and he uses words like "hicklesnicklepox" instead. The other students in their school use the names all the time, and the teachers don't stop them; in fact, the teachers are pretty mean as well, with the basketball coach telli
Wendy Watkins
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school
We have a lot of new words in our house now, thanks to this book!
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun to read. A middle school story.
Laura Ferry
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started using the silly words after reading this book!
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the book. Poor Michael and David were made fun of since preschool until Middle school. James Patterson made a work of art creating a one of a kind book like this.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't explain how much I love that James Patterson, one of my favorite authors, started writing books for this age group! I started reading the middle school series with my 5th grade daughter, who hated reading chapter books because they were too long and took too much time to read and that she couldn't meet her AR goal at school, etc etc. Excuses! I told her that maybe she just needed the right kind of book to appeal to her. Once we started reading James Patterson together, she would say thin ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson is a great book, although the name would make you think it's for second graders. This book is one of the books that start where the book ends as well, and goes back in time. I personally don't like this style of book, but it was a good read nonetheless. It starts with Pottymouth (Michael) and Stoopid (David) on stage. Then the book goes back in time to tell the story of how they got there. It started in kindergarten when David got his nickname, then went ...more
Meredith Nickerson
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book caught me by surprise! Not only did I laugh (as I expected to with a James Patterson book), but I found myself thinking deeply about name-calling, bullying, and how adults can be just as bad as kids when it comes to picking on others! As a teacher and school librarian, I loved how the author approached topic in a kid-friendly and light-hearted way.

Things I loved:
- Pottymouth's amazing vocabulary - it's not exactly what you might be expecting :)
- How the author shows that bullying behav
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seventh graders Michael and his best friend David have been tagged with the terrible nicknames of "Pottymouth" and "Stoopid" since they were young, and these names have followed them throughout their school years. Michael uses creative language when he is upset or excited, and Michael once spilled paint in his preschool class. The two best buds are tired of being bullied and are ready to fight back with laughter. When stories of Michael and David appear on a cable TV show, their middle school ha ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
As a rule, I don't read books of the type in which James Patterson receives top billing as author, followed by some other writer, usually listed in a smaller typeface. Patterson is only one of a handful of authors to whom this rule applies – authors who have allowed their names to become a brand and who, I rather imagine, did less of the actual writing of most of those books than the less famous writer operating in their shadow. The book racks at Walmart and your neighborhood supermarket tend to ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gavin Smeeton
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The book Pottymouth and Stoopid by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein is a Realistic Fiction and is not of a series. This book is about two best friends, Micheal, and David who are in seventh grade together. This book will have parts that are funny, and also parts that will bring you to tears. Both boys have had a rough life so far and good thing they have each other to get through the good and the bad times. Micheal lives with foster parents that are unsuppor
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I am quite torn after reading Pottymouth and Stoopid. I understand the premise behind this book. Yet I cannot fully support it. I do agree that young boys are all too often an overlooked group of readers. I see that as I make recommendations. And yes, when the boys read this they will walk away laughing; but at whose expense? I want young boys to read but..... we're trying to curb bullying, not encourage it. Not only were these boys victims of verbal bullying since preschool but the staff as wel ...more
Gene Macy
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mariano Antolin
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Oh boy, “Pottymouth and Stoopid”? First of all, what kind of name of a book is that. Before I even START this book report, I want you guys to know this is the worst book I’ve ever read, and this is going to be the worst review I’ve ever wrote on a book! To be honest, it was very disappointing, especially since it was written by a very good author, James Patterson... The book, “Pottymouth and Stoopid” Is about two kids, who go back the name, Pottymouth and Stoopid. They’ve been the bestest of fri ...more
Cynthia Parkhill
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 302-3-bullying
An entire community creates the environment where bullying is condoned. Case in point: Michael and David, protagonists of James Patterson's novel, Pottymouth and Stoopid.

It only took one person, in each case, to saddle the boys with cruel nicknames, but then those nicknames stuck. Those names gave rise to a collective attitude about who these boys were, and what they had the potential to be.

I take stories about bullying to heart, because I myself am its survivor. I was called names, I was physic
*** - MS - Aug 12 - 13, 2020 -
Pottymouth and Stoopid is a book about two boys who are given their unfortunate nicknames by some MEAN kids in their pre-school class. Those names stick with them all through middle school.

Overall, I think that this story is an inspiration to those who feel like they are alone. I don't think that there is ANYONE OF US who haven't been called names or made fun of at one point or another. I did feel a little grumbly at the adults who stood by and let the kids make fu
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
"Things Continue to Suck Weasel Eggs" is the heading for chapter 31, but is appropriate for all except the last 25 pages of the book. Our protagonists overcome their bullying (by every character in the book except the infrequent influence of their mom and a third wheel at school) by having high IQ scores and getting financial reimbursement after legal action towards Davids 'ex-Dad'.

The only time their influence is appreciated and respected is at the very end, when they band together with other
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: patterson, children
Once again Patterson and Graberstein have turned out a great kids book. The books are always well crafted with solid writing. Most of the books by this team are whimsical, but this one is a story with a message. David and Michael were saddled with cruel nicknames in preschool that followed them through to middle school. The book shows how hurtful the bullying with nicknames can be.

Unfortunately, in this story, even the school staff ignores the situation or joins in on the behavior. I think that
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books-read
Michael and David are best friends but have not been known by their real names since preschool; instead they are known by their cruel nicknames Pottymouth and Stoopid. Through middle school they are known only by these nicknames, even by the teachers and principals. Until the day David's ex-dad pitches the idea for a television show,which becomes very successful, then things go from bad to worse for the boys. David's ex-dad gets paid the big bucks for the show; not only does he not pay back chil ...more
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