The World of Dav Pilkey

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Dav Pilkey is the creator of laugh-out-loud books for children including Captain Underpants and Dog Man series. For more information about Dav Pilkey,

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  • There are more than 80 million Captain Underpants books in print worldwide.
  • Captain Underpants is available in over 25 languages.
  • 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of The Adventures of Captain Underpants in the U.S, the same year DreamWorks Animation released a feature film adaptation based on the book series.
  • Netflix and DreamWorks Animation released an animated television show based on the Captain Underpants series. The show, The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants, launched for streaming on July 13, 2018.
  • All books in Dog Man series debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.
  • Dav Pilkey received the 1997 Caldecott Honor Medal for The Paperboy, which he also wrote.

Press Coverage Highlights 

  • Deadline exclusively announced that Dog Man is getting the stage musical treatment, “TheaterWorksUSA, in partnership with Writers House and Scholastic, have secured the rights to adapt the worldwide bestseller for the stage.”
  • The Wall Street Journal “This ‘Dog Man’ Has Its Day” feature story, Dav Pilkey’s graphic novel series prepares for its biggest rollout yet…his second grade drawings of a canine superhero led to a global publishing franchise.”
  • Associated Press exclusively announced the 5 million copy first printing for Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild.
  • Publishers Weekly “Reluctant No Longer: Readers Howl for the Dog Man Tour.”
  • The Mercury News “Captain Underpants creator drawing a huge crowd for San Jose visit.”
  • Associated Press mention of Dav Pilkey’s “Howl With Laughter” tour.
  • Inside the Writer’s Studio podcast interview with Dav Pilkey.
  • ADHD Essentials podcast interview with Dav Pilkey on ADHD, dyslexia and books.
  • BuzzFeed’s AM to DM live in-studio interview “A peek into the mind of a hilarious author and illustrator”
  • Hollywood Reporter “Dav Pilkey’s Latest ‘Dog Man’ Gets Huge ‘Harry Potter’-like First Printing.”
  • Publishers Weekly "Pilkey's Dog Man Bounds to Head of the Pack”
  • Washington Post "Pilkey, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as child, has long been a hero to teachers, librarians and parents for his uncanny ability to inspire even the most reluctant readers to enjoy reading."
  • interview with Dav Pilkey about "how parents can encourage their children to love reading and live more creative lives"
  • NBC TODAY Parents Facebook Live interview "'Captain Underpants' author shares how his parents inspired his career"
  • USA Today “Favorite children’s books made into movies”
  • Boys’ Life Magazine exclusive look at the forthcoming Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas.
  • The New York Times “Pilkey is the big-hearted genius behind Captain Underpants, and his watercolor art for this more tender series has regular dollops of the emotional depth he can find in even the goofiest plot turn.”
  • Publishers Weekly photo essay of Dav Pilkey’s sold-out “Supa-Epic Tour O’Fun” Fall 2017 Tour
  • CBS Sunday Morning profile featuring Dav Pilkey on the 20th anniversary of Captain Underpants
  • Entertainment Weekly "Pop Culture of My Life" full-page interview with Dav Pilkey
  • The Washington Post interview with Dav Pilkey “Readers liked Dog Man so much that Pilkey decided to give him his own series.”
  • 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 “Why Captain Underpants creator played hard to get with Hollywood.”
  • Dav Pilkey’s New York Times Facebook Live chat and drawing New York Times Children’s Book Reviews Editor Maria Russo.
  • The New York Times includes Captain Underpants in their round of “Banned Books Your Child Should Read.”
  • Parents Magazine interview with Dav Pilkey about “books, engaging reluctant readers, and more”
  • Huffington Post looks at Dav Pilkey’s journey to becoming a bestselling author
  • Sirius XM Kids Place Live “The Absolutely Mindy Show” interview with Dav Pilkey. Click here to listen to the show. 
  • Take the Buzzfeed quiz: “What Super Power Would You Have in the Captain Underpants World?” 
  • Huffington Post Banned Books Week Essay by Dav Pilkey: “My Book Makes Kids Laugh, And It Was Banned Anyway”
  • NPR interview with Dav Pilkey for Banned Books Week
  • NPR feature on Captain Underpants and Dav Pilkey 
  • “The triumphant return of Captain Underpants, hero to hyper, school-hating 8-year-olds”
  • Entertainment Weekly interview with Dav Pilkey 
  • Washington Post/Kids Post interview with Dav Pilkey 
  • New York Post “In My Library” feature with Dav Pilkey
  • USA Today “By the Numbers” feature 
  • Los Angeles Times interview with Dav Pilkey 
  • Reuters interview with Dav Pilkey 

About Dav Pilkey

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. 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 39 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, the Dog Man series, and the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot series, which is illustrated by Dan Santat.

Author photo by Kai Suzuki

Dog Man Series

The 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

About the Dog Man series:

From the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the #1 New York Times bestselling, crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! And he's ready to take on Petey the Cat, the felonious feline who's always hacking up harebrained schemes. With Flip-O-Rama and how-to-draws in each book, the epic Dog Man series is sure to make readers howl with laughter!

Captain Underpants Series

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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

About the Captain Underpants series:

Meet George and Harold, two fourth graders with BIG imaginations. The only thing they enjoy more than playing practical jokes is creating their own comic books about a silly superhero named Captain Underpants. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when their comic-book character comes to life!

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Other Books by Dav Pilkey

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby and Super Diaper Baby #2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers


The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung Fu Caveman from the Future

The Paperboy, God Bless the Gargoyles, The Hallo-Weiner, ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving