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MAY 21, 2010 12:55PM

Kids Bored? Not if Dav Pilkey Books are Around!

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  Paperboy 1997

Dav Pilkey is a children’s author.  But not the "Mr Wiggles" or "Cutie-Pie Mouse" kind of children's author.  Dav Pilkey is Dr. Seuss hopped up on Ritalin.  There are no Deep Thoughts in Pilkey (but you might pretend that there are).  

Dav Pilkey was a child prodigy of an author, whose first book, World War Won, received a national student award in 1986, which included publication of the project. Pilkey was 19 years old.

 In recent years, Pilkey took time off from writing to take care of his very ill father, but in March of 2010 he signed a contract for new books from Scholastic, beginning with Ook and Gluk:  Kung Fu Cavemen from the Future in August. 

Publisher's Weekly announced that Scholastic will issue this new Dav Pilkey with a 1 million copy first printing!

 

  ook1 million copies!

 

Dav Pilkey’s most famous achievement is the Captain Underpants series, which were published by Scholastic and sold in drugstores and supermarkets starting in the early 1990s.  These digest-sized paperbacks featured two young boys, George and Harold, who have turned their school’s principal into Captain Underpants—a red cape-wearing, underwear-attired superhero who battle wicked lunch ladies and talking toilets. 

The books all feature “flip-o-rama” pages which become animated when you turn the pages very fast.  There are twisted word messages made on the school’s lunch menus.  Certainly everyone who was ever bored in school can find something to like in Captain Underpants. 

  Captain Underpants

For slightly more refined tastes, there is the Ricky Ricotta Robot series, which is published in the same format as Captain Underpants.

 Pilkey has been recognized by librarians.  His Paperboy (above)  received a Caldecott Honor prize in 1997  (not the medal, but close enough).  Pilkey has also written a series of easy readers featuring Dragon.  

 Pilkey’s dog starred in Dogzilla, which featured cartoon adventures for a terrier with a great deal of charm.  The cat starred in Cat Kong which might be even funnier.  His series of children’s books, Big Dog and Little Dog, is based on another Pilkey family dog (Big) and a neighbor dog (Little).

  Dogzilla

 

Dumb Bunnies’s Easter (2008) is hysterical--when the Dumb Bunnies take family traditions and go wild with 'em.  Pilkey gives credit to James Allard’s The Stupids, but the Dumb Bunnies is just more perverse.  There are several Dumb Bunnies books.

  dumb bunnies

My staff can’t get through Halloween without several readings of Hallo-Weiner, in which  a horrible Halloween costume turns into just the right thing.

hallow-wiener 1999

So many children's authors have web pages that it's probably time for the American Library Association to start giving the web pages prizes.  Dav Pilkey's is among the best out there.

Pilkey.com has games, coloring pages, and activities like making up your own Captain Underpants style name.  The “New Stuff” page is a little sad, because the latest things date to 2007.  However, there is enough crammed in the web-site to kill any number of rainy days.

  nametag

Dav Pilkey took on the special spelling of his name after he worked at a pizza joint and his name tag read:  “Dav.”  Dav just stuck with it.

 Dav Pilkey stuck with drawing.  His auto-biography is that he was so disruptive in school that his teachers resorted to sticking him in the hallway and letting him draw all day.  There is not much to be said for such teachers, but if that’s what it took to produce Dav Pilkey’s books . . .

 

Pilkey’s genius is that he is able to interest young boys in books.  I’m a literary optimist—I think if a kid finds one book that they really really enjoy, they will look for more.  I don’t care if the first book is a comic book or a Dav Pilkey or a graphic novel or Dr. Seuss or Madeline or Guinness Book of World Records.

 Born:  March 4, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Currently living near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.   

http://www.pilkey.com

 

 Oevre of Dav Pilkey

Coming Soon:

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future(2010)

 

Stand-Alone Titles (some of which are out of print)

Dogzilla (1993)

  Kat Kong (1993)

  Hallo-Wiener, the (1995)

  'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (1990)

  Dog Breath: Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis, the (1994)

  World War Won (1987)

  Dog Breath (1994)

  When Cats Dream (1992)

  Moonglow Roll-O-Rama, the (1995)

  God Bless the Gargoyles (1996)

  Silly Gooses, the (1998) by Dav Pilkey

  Paperboy, the (1996)

 

 Captain Underpants Series

Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, the (2002) by Dav Pilkey

Adventures of Captain Underpants, the (1997)

Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (1999)

Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (1999)

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants (2000)

Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman (2001)

Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: Part 1 (2003)

Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy: Part 2 (2003)

+ 2 activity books based on Captain Underpants:  Crunchy Fun

 

 Dragon Easy Readers Series

 Dragon's Halloween (1993)

  Dragon's Fat Cat (1992)

  Friend for Dragon, a (1991)

  Dragon Gets By (1991)

  Dragon's Merry Christmas (1991)

 

  Ricky Ricotta Series

  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns From Uranus (2005)  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (2000)

  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (2000)  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (2001)

  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (2003)  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars (2002)

  Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (2002)

 

Big Dog and Little Dog series

Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk (1997)

  Big Dog and Little Dog Getting in Trouble (1997)

  Big Dog and Little Dog Wearing Sweaters (1998)

  Big Dog and Little Dog (1997)

Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog, the (2003)

  Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake (1999)

 

  night before thanksgiving

I apologize for getting the image from Amazon (Click to Look Inside! is a dead giveaway).

 

 

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We LOVE Dav Pilkey. He is a staple in our household... all of the above. We own every single Captain Underpants, and after all this time, the Dumb Bunnies Easter is still funny.

Anyone who can totally get 3rd grade potty humor and turn it into hysterical books that kids will read again and again until middle school is a genius. He is the best!

Excellent post. Excellent writer. My kids say so.
Wow..this is great.. My kids used to love to read R.L Stine. They really didnt care for reading , well one maybe did so I applauded anything they read.Scary or not.
The oldest at 25 still has the whole collection until he stopped reading them.
rated with hugs and enjoyment of literacy
Thanks! I think that we'll be hearing a lot about Dav Pilkey this summer or fall--1 million books being printed! That's going to be everywhere you look.
No kidlets of my own, but I have enough sprogs in my life (via relatives and firends) to appreeciate good book reccomendations. I'm known as "the book auntie" due to my refusal to buy my nieces and nephew anything else.
Just gave Sophie, aged 9, a subscription to Stone Soup. I find it hard to find it at the local libraries...
Sharing this with my sister the librarian (she probably knows; you all are so smart :-)
I read him to my students all the time,but especially when we need a laugh. :)
This is one of the things I miss, not having young children, discovering children's books and authors, and buying/recommending them to my kids. Once you're out of that phase, new children's books and new authors fall off your radar. (Unless you are a librarian!)

There was a turnabout this morning when my daughter recommended a book to ME and said she'd pass it along when she finished it. Maybe all my read-aloud years paid off.
We love them here, too! Perfect books for non-willing boy readers, and a great laugh out loud bonding experience.
Bellwether--that is so true. There were GREAT children's books that came out when I was a teen that I never saw until close to thirty years later. Leon Garfield is a dead British writer who wrote these hilarious pseudo historical novels and others, but he's obscure here. Really worth looking for. And Jane Langton continued her series that began with a Diamond in the Window . . . The Westing Game came out just a year or so too late for me. Really, now I find all sorts of books and writers I REALLY like--not just for kids. Which is one of the things I want to do with this blog, broaden the audience for "children's" and "Young Adult" books.