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Dav Pilkey

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books – the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won. He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in 1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy.

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children’s, and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, also a USA Today bestseller. The unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids.

His stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted.

Dav loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

Books by Dav Pilkey

  • A Friend for Dragon

    A Friend for Dragon

  • A Friend for Dragon

    A Friend for Dragon

  • A Friend for Dragon

    A Friend for Dragon

  • A Tale of Two Kitties

    A Tale of Two Kitties

  • A Tale of Two Kitties

    A Tale of Two Kitties

  • A Tale of Two Kitties

    A Tale of Two Kitties

  • A Tale of Two Kitties

    A Tale of Two Kitties

  • Box Set (10 books)

    Box Set (10 books)

  • Brawl of the Wild

    Brawl of the Wild

  • Brawl of the Wild

    Brawl of the Wild

  • Brawl of the Wild

    Brawl of the Wild

  • Brawl of the Wild

    Brawl of the Wild

  • Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets

    Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets

  • Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Colour Edition)

    Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Colour Edition)

  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

    Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

  • Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

    Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

  • Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

    Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

  • Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

    Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People

  • Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

    Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

  • Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

    Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers

  • Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers Colour

    Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers Colour

  • Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers Colour

    Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers Colour

  • Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot

    Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot

  • Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

    Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot

  • Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers

    Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers

  • Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000

    Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000

  • Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000

    Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000

  • Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman

    Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman

  • Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman

    Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman

  • Captain Underpants Box Set x 10

    Captain Underpants Box Set x 10

  • Cat Kid Comic Club

    Cat Kid Comic Club

  • Cat Kid Comic Club

    Cat Kid Comic Club

  • Cat Kid Comic Club

    Cat Kid Comic Club

  • Cat Kid Comic Club

    Cat Kid Comic Club

  • Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives

    Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives

  • Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives

    Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives

  • Dog Breath

    Dog Breath

  • Dog Man

    Dog Man

  • Dog Man

    Dog Man

  • Dog Man

    Dog Man

  • Dog Man

    Dog Man

  • Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment

    Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment

  • Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment

    Dog Man 9: Grime and Punishment

  • Dog Man and Cat Kid

    Dog Man and Cat Kid

  • Dog Man and Cat Kid

    Dog Man and Cat Kid

  • Dog Man and Cat Kid

    Dog Man and Cat Kid

  • Dog Man and Cat Kid

    Dog Man and Cat Kid

  • Dog Man Unleashed

    Dog Man Unleashed

  • Dog Man Unleashed

    Dog Man Unleashed

  • Dog Man Unleashed

    Dog Man Unleashed

  • Dog Man Unleashed

    Dog Man Unleashed

  • Dogzilla

    Dogzilla

  • Dragon Gets By

    Dragon Gets By

  • Dragon Gets By

    Dragon Gets By

  • Dragon's Fat Cat

    Dragon's Fat Cat

  • Dragon's Fat Cat

    Dragon's Fat Cat

  • Dragon's Merry Christmas

    Dragon's Merry Christmas

  • Dragon's Merry Christmas

    Dragon's Merry Christmas

  • Dragon's Merry Christmas

    Dragon's Merry Christmas

  • Fetch-22

    Fetch-22

  • Fetch-22

    Fetch-22

  • Fetch-22

    Fetch-22

  • Fetch-22

    Fetch-22

  • For Whom the Ball Rolls

    For Whom the Ball Rolls

  • For Whom the Ball Rolls

    For Whom the Ball Rolls

  • For Whom the Ball Rolls

    For Whom the Ball Rolls

  • For Whom the Ball Rolls

    For Whom the Ball Rolls

  • Grime and Punishment

    Grime and Punishment

  • Grime and Punishment

    Grime and Punishment

  • Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D

    Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D

  • Kat Kong

    Kat Kong

  • Lord of the Fleas

    Lord of the Fleas

  • Lord of the Fleas

    Lord of the Fleas

  • Lord of the Fleas

    Lord of the Fleas

  • Lord of the Fleas

    Lord of the Fleas

  • Mothering Heights (the new blockbusting international bestseller)

    Mothering Heights (the new blockbusting international bestseller)

  • Mothering Heights (the new blockbusting international bestseller)

    Mothering Heights (the new blockbusting international bestseller)

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Jurassic Jack Rabbits from Jupiter

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Jurassic Jack Rabbits from Jupiter

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Jurassic Jack Rabbits from Jupiter

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Jurassic Jack Rabbits from Jupiter

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Naughty Night-Crawlers from Neptune

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Naughty Night-Crawlers from Neptune

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Uranium Unicorns from Uranus

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Uranium Unicorns from Uranus

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Video Vultures from Venus

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs The Video Vultures from Venus

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Voodoo Vultures from Venus

    Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Voodoo Vultures from Venus

  • Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers

    Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants

    The Adventures of Captain Underpants

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants Colour edition

    The Adventures of Captain Underpants Colour edition

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Colour Edition)

    The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Colour Edition)

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

    The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

    The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

    The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

    The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

    The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby

  • The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part One - The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets

    The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part One - The Night of the Nasty Nostril Nuggets

  • The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part Two - The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers

    The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy Part Two - The Revenge of the Ridiculous Robo-Boogers

  • The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O'Fun!

    The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O'Fun!

  • The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O'Fun 2

    The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O'Fun 2

  • The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O'Fun 2

    The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O'Fun 2

  • The Captain Underpants Super-Silly Sticker Studio

    The Captain Underpants Super-Silly Sticker Studio

  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Wedgie Power Guidebook (Official TV Handbook)

    The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants: Wedgie Power Guidebook (Official TV Handbook)

  • The Extra Big 'N' Extra Crunchy Captain Underpants Book O' Fun

    The Extra Big 'N' Extra Crunchy Captain Underpants Book O' Fun

  • Two Turbo-Charged Novels in One (Full Colour!)

    Two Turbo-Charged Novels in One (Full Colour!)

  • Two Turbo-Charged Novels in One (Full Colour!)

    Two Turbo-Charged Novels in One (Full Colour!)

Awards

Dav Pilkey has won several awards in the US, including the Publishers’ Weekly Funniest Book of the Year award for The Adventures of Captain Underpants.