The World of Dav Pilkey




What is it?

Dav Pilkey is the award-winning and worldwide bestselling creator of Captain Underpants and Dog Man series. He won a Caldecott Honor for his picture book, The Paperboy. For more information about Dav Pilkey, visit

Who’s it for?

Readers ages 7–10

Press Contact

Charisse Meloto
(212) 389-3785

The Critics Are Crazy About Captain Underpants!


Entertainment Weekly

“Call Pilkey… the savior of the ‘reluctant reader’”

USA Today

“So appealing that youngsters won’t notice their vocabulary stretching”

School Library Journal

“Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action”


“Pilkey’s sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers”

— Parent's Choice Foundation

“Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted”

— The Educational Book and Media Association

Critics Dig Dog Man!

★ “Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review of Dog Man

★ “Pilkey has once again fired an arrow of joy straight at the fevered childhood psyche of millions of readers”

Booklist, starred review of Dog Man

★ “Riotously funny and original.”

School Library Journal, starred review of Dog Man

Press Coverage Highlights

  • CBS Sunday Morning profile featuring Dav Pilkey
  • Entertainment Weekly "Pop Culture of My Life" full-page interview with Dav Pilkey.
  • The Washington Post interview Dav Pilkey, “‘Captain Underpants’ author creates another tale about Dog Man”
  • “Author Dav Pilkey surprises students during local appearance” in the Argus Courier (Petaluma, CA)
  • “Captain Underpants lands in Pittsburgh”: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette feature story/interview with Dav Pilkey
  • “A Supa Epic Afternoon With Dav Pilkey”:Geek Mom writes about her experience attending a Dav Pilkey event.
  • “Creativity is a Superpower” interview with Dav Pilkey in the Elbert County Times (Denver, CO)
  • “'Captain Underpants' creator talks about his books, the power of imagination” in the Carroll County Times (Mt. Airy, MD)
  • New York Times Book Review Editor Pamela Paul  chats with author Dav Pilkey about his learning challenges growing up, the Captain Underpants movie, and more (segment starts in the 29:15 mark).
  • Los Angeles Times feature story “Why Captain Underpants creator played hard to get with Hollywood.”
  • “An Epic Interview with Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey” in NEA Today magazine (publication of the National Education Association).
  • Dav Pilkey’s New York Times Facebook Live chat and drawing with New York Times Children’s Book Reviews Editor Maria Russo.
  • Entertainment Weekly exclusively reveals the cover and an excerpt from A Tale of Two Kitties, the third installment in the Dog Man series.
  • The New York Times includes Captain Underpants in their round of “Banned Books Your Child Should Read.”
  • Parents Magazine interviewed Dav Pilkey and talked about “books, engaging reluctant readers, and more” 
  • Huffington Post looks at Dav Pilkey’s journey to becoming a bestselling author
  • School Library Journal interview with Dav Pilkey about his new graphic novel Dog Man
  • Scholastic Teacher talks to Dav Pilkey about his inspiration for Dog Man 
  • Buzzfeed exclusively reveals the cover and an excerpt from Dav Pilkey’s newest graphic novel series Dog Man. (March 2, 2016)
  • reports on the banning of latest Captain Underpants book after a character is revealed to be gay. (October 28, 2015)
  • Sirius XM Kids Place Live “The Absolutely Mindy Show” interview with Dav Pilkey. Click here to listen to the show. (September 2015)
  • Seattle Times feature story: “Author Dav Pilkey finds bottomless humor in underpants.” (September 10, 2015)
  • Captain Underpants Creator Dav Pilkey Reveals Main Character Is Gay In Applause-Worthy, Adorable Way on (September 8, 2015)
  • Take the Buzzfeed quiz: “What Super Power Would You Have in the Captain Underpants World?” (August 31, 2015)
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch feature story: “Tra-la-laaa! Captain Underpants' creator is coming to town.” (August 28, 2015)
  • Buzzfeed interview with Dav Pilkey on the importance of books and reading (August 26, 2015)
  • Buzzfeed offers an exclusive first look at new Captain Underpants book. (August 21, 2015)
  • Geek Dad interview with Dav Pilkey. (August 18, 2015)
  • Publishers Weekly feature story about “Reading Gives You Superpowers” campaign. (August 13, 2015)
  • Huffington Post Banned Books Week Essay by Dav Pilkey “My Book Makes Kids Laugh, And It Was Banned Anyway” (September 24, 2014)
  • NPR interview with Dav Pilkey for Banned Books Week (September 24, 2014)
  • Deseret News/Salt Lake City, UT, interview with Dav Pilkey (August 30, 2014)
  • Associated Press: Captain Underpants Tops ALA’s Most Challenged Books List for Second Consecutive Year (April 13, 2014)
  • NPR feature on Captain Underpants and Dav Pilkey (January 15, 2013)
  • School Library Journal interview with Dav Pilkey (September 16, 2012)
  • “The triumphant return of Captain Underpants, hero to hyper, school-hating 8-year-olds” (September 7, 2012)
  • Entertainment Weekly interview with Dav Pilkey (August 31, 2012)
  • Washington Post/Kids Post interview with Dav Pilkey (August 28, 2012)
  • New York Post “In My Library” feature with Dav Pilkey (August 26, 2012)
  • USA Today “By the Numbers” feature (June 30, 2011)
  • New York Times review of Super Diaper Baby 2 (June 29, 2011)
  • BookPage Q&A with Dav Pilkey (May 2011)
  • Los Angeles Times interview with Dav Pilkey (August 17, 2010)
  • Reuters interview with Dav Pilkey (August 10, 2010)
  • Associated Press article "Will Fart Fiction Get Boys to Read?" (July 21, 2010)

About the Author

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, dyslexia, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books. In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener. Dav continues to create books in the Pacific Northwest where he lives with his wife. His Captain Underpants series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide and has been translated into more than 25 languages. DreamWorks released a feature film adaptation of Captain Underpants in 2017. Dav is also the creator of the Caldecott Honor Book The Paperboy, the California Young Reader Medal-winning Dog Breath, and the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series, which is illustrated by Dan Santat. Visit Dav online at



  • There are more than 80 million Captain Underpants books in print worldwide
  • Captain Underpants is available in 22 languages
  • Dreamworks Animation acquired film rights to Captain Underpants in the fall of 2011
  • Dav Pilkey received the 1997 Caldecott Honor Medal for Paper Boy which he also wrote


Dav Pilkey on READING FOR FUN!