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Author of the Month - Dave Pilkey

  • BORN:    March 4, 1966 

    WHERE : Cleveland, Ohio

    Home:    Bainbridge Island, Washington



    davMeet the Author: Dav Pilkey

    Dav Pilkey was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Barbara and David Pilkey.  He has one older sister.  Dav's story as a cartoonist and author begins in elementary school where he frequently spent the day in the hallway due to his disruptive behavior.  His high school principal said to Dav, "[He] said to me, 'I know you think you're special because you can draw, but let me tell you something: Artists are a dime a dozen. You will never make a living as an artist!" Dav took those words to heart and never forgot them.  He has since proven this wrong as he is now an award winning author/illustrator of many wonderful books for children.   Dav attended Kent State University where one of his professors noticed his talent and encouraged him to enter a writing contest, which he won and later published the book World War Won.  Of course, Dav is best known for his series of Captain Underpants books, which has sold over 14 million copies, started with Pilkey's second grade teacher who happened to say "underpants" in front of her class. The class burst into laughter and she continued to correct them by saying, " underwear is not funny."  Thus began Dav's fascination with the subject and, as he puts it, "I discovered that underwear was a powerful thing: Not only could it make my friends laugh, but it could also make my teacher very angry!" Dav took a brief break from writing to attend to his serious ill father, but did return when he made a deal with Scholastic for more books.   Currently, Dav lives in Washington state with his wife Sayuri, whom he met and married in 2005.  His newest book, Cat Kid Comic Club, will be available on April 12, 2022.


    To learn more about Dav Pilkey click on one of the links below:

    Dav Pilkey website

    Ohio Reading Road Trip Biography

    Dav Pilkey Author of Paperboy Teachingbooks.net

    Dav Pilkey at Scholastic


    Watch some book trailers, listen to some of the books and videos, check out the BMMS Author of the Month Playlist below.






  • 'Twas the night before Thanksgiving

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: 1990 Fic Pil
    School children on a field trip to Mack Nugget's farm save the lives of eight turkeys in this poem based on "The Night Before Christmas."
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  • Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot vs. the mutant mosquitoes from Mercury : the second robot adventure no

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: 2014 Fic Pil

    A mouse named Ricky Ricotta and his mighty flying robot attempt to save the world from an invasion of massive mutant mosquitoes from Mercury.

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  • Captain Underpants and the preposterous plight of the purple potty people

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: 2006 Fic Pil

    George and Harold are transported to a school where the teachers are always nice, the cafeteria serves good food, and the principal laughs at their jokes. They realize something is very wrong when their pet pterodactyl and the Bionic Hamster are kidnapped by their evil look-alikes.

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  • Cat Kid comic club. Perspectives Tree-house Comix proudly presents Cat Kid comic club. Perspectives

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: 2021 GN 741.5
    "Flippy, Molly, Li'l Petey, and twenty-one baby frogs each have something to say. Naomi and Melvin don't see eye to eye and Poppy perceives the world differently than her siblings. Will the baby frogs figure out how to work together and appreciate one another's point of view--both inside and outside the classroom?"--Dust jacket.
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  • Dog Man

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: 2016 GN 741.5

    George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

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