The Stupids

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The Stupids Step Out
Author Harry Allard
Illustrator James Marshall
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
April 17, 1974
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 32 pp
ISBN 0-395-18513-0
OCLC 000763716
Followed by The Stupids Have a Ball

The Stupids are a fictional family which appear in a series of children's books written by Harry Allard and James Marshall. The Stupids draw their humor from the fact that they are incompetent to the point of confusing the most simple concepts and tasks.


The Stupids series of books rank number 62 on the American Library Association's list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of the entire 2000's decade.[1] Challengers of the books claim that they describe families in a derogatory manner and may encourage children to be disobedient. They also claim that they promote low self-esteem and negative behavior.

Books in the series[edit]

  • The Stupids Step Out (1974)
  • The Stupids Have a Ball (1978)
  • The Stupids Die (1981)
  • The Stupids Take Off (1989)

Film version[edit]

In 1996, a film version was released starring Tom Arnold, directed by John Landis; It was a box office disappointment. The film details the family's pursuit of their trash, which they believe to be stolen, and the "conspiracy" they uncover in the process. The film was also panned by many film critics.