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Dav Pilkey is an American author best known for the Captain Underpants series of graphic novels. Born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, Pilkey has ADHD and Dyslexia. The conditions made life quite difficult for him.
Order of Big Dog and Little Dog Series
|1||Big Dog and Little Dog (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|2||Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|3||Big Dog and Little Dog Getting in Trouble (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|4||Big Dog and Little Dog Wearing Sweaters (Short Story)||1998||Description / Buy|
|5||Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|6||The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
Order of Captain Underpants Series
|1||The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|2||Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|3||Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|4||Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants||2000||Description / Buy|
|5||Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman||2001||Description / Buy|
|6||Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1||2003||Description / Buy|
|7||Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2||2003||Description / Buy|
|8||Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People||2006||Description / Buy|
|9||Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers||2012||Description / Buy|
|10||Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers||2013||Description / Buy|
|11||Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000||2014||Description / Buy|
|12||Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Captain Underpants Activity Books
|1||The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun (Short Story)||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||The All New Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O' Fun 2 (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|3||The Extra Big 'N' Extra Crunchy Captain Underpants Book O' Fun||2011||Description / Buy|
|4||Captain Underpants Super Flip-o-Rama Sticker Book (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Cat Kid Comic Club Series
|1||Cat Kid Comic Club||2020||Description / Buy|
|2||Perspectives||2021||Description / Buy|
|3||On Purpose||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Dog Man Series
|1||Dog Man||2016||Description / Buy|
|2||Dog Man Unleashed||2016||Description / Buy|
|3||A Tale of Two Kitties||2017||Description / Buy|
|4||Dog Man and Cat Kid||2017||Description / Buy|
|5||Lord of the Fleas||2018||Description / Buy|
|6||Brawl of the Wild||2018||Description / Buy|
|7||For Whom the Ball Rolls||2019||Description / Buy|
|8||Fetch-22||2019||Description / Buy|
|9||Grime and Punishment||2020||Description / Buy|
|10||Mothering Heights||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of The Dragon Tales Series
|1||A Friend For Dragon (Short Story)||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Dragon Gets By (Short Story)||1991||Description / Buy|
|3||Dragon's Merry Christmas (Short Story)||1991||Description / Buy|
|4||Dragon's Fat Cat (Short Story)||1992||Description / Buy|
|5||Dragon's Halloween (Short Story)||1993||Description / Buy|
Order of Dumb Bunnies Series
|1||The Dumb Bunnies (Short Story)||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||The Dumb Bunnies' Easter (Short Story)||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||Make Way for Dumb Bunnies (Short Story)||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
Order of Ricky Ricotta Series
|1||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (Short Story)||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Short Story)||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (Short Story)||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|6||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|7||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus (Short Story)||2005||Description / Buy|
|8||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Naughty Nightcrawlers From Neptune (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|9||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Short Story)||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Ricky Ricotta Activity Books
|1||Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Astro-Activity Book O' Fun (Short Story)||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of Super Diaper Baby Series
|1||The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|2||The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Dav Pilkey Standalone Novels
|1||The Adventures of Ook and Gluk||2010||Description / Buy|
Order of Dav Pilkey Picture Books
|1||World War Won (Short Story)||1987||Description / Buy|
|2||'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving (Short Story)||1990||Description / Buy|
|3||When Cats Dream (Short Story)||1992||Description / Buy|
|4||Kat Kong (Short Story)||1993||Description / Buy|
|5||Dog Breath! The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis (Short Story)||1994||Description / Buy|
|6||Moonglow Roll O Rama (Short Story)||1995||Description / Buy|
|7||The Paperboy (Short Story)||1996||Description / Buy|
|8||The Silly Gooses (Short Story)||1998||Description / Buy|
|9||Dogzilla (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|10||God Bless the Gargoyles (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
|11||The Hallo-Weiner (Short Story)||1999||Description / Buy|
It didn’t help that his elementary school was a quiet and solemn place that went to great lengths to create a calm and controlled environment. Because of his ADHD, Pilkey was quite disruptive. On most days, he was just the class clown that threw paper airplanes and fired spitballs.
But on occasion, he would create such a ruckus that his teachers would send him out to stand in the hallway. The author’s rowdy behavior was so persistent that the school eventually added a desk to the hallway for him to occupy.
Pilkey wasn’t particularly pleased with the development. On the one hand, he had no interest in conventional classroom lessons. Because of his dyslexia, he hated standing before his classmates to read. The experience was humiliating.
His classmates were well aware of his limitations and they would often groan whenever he was called upon to read. And yet, sitting alone in the hallway was also very boring. Fortunately, Pilkey had a talent. He did not care for books but he liked to draw. He started producing comic books.
His stories were geared towards a young audience and his classmates loved them. Though, his teachers were quick to dismiss his work. One teacher went so far as to rip his comics apart. But Pilkey wasn’t deterred. It was during these years that he created Captain Underpants.
The author believes that some of his conflicts with his teachers were the result of his sense of humor which the adult educators did not appreciate. His experiences in high school were no better than those he had encountered in elementary school.
People kept dismissing his artistic abilities. But the author wouldn’t be discouraged. Drawing was the one thing he was good at and he was determined to stick with it. His passion paid off when he created a children’s book which won a competition.
Pilkey was 19 at the time. As part of his reward, the author’s book was published. The achievement encouraged the cartoonist to continue pursuing his career as an artist. He researched children’s literature in earnest, honing his craft in the process.
The books he wrote and illustrated in the years that followed were well received by critics but they were hardly financial successes. It wasn’t until he published the first book in the Captain Underpants series in the late 1990s that the wider public took notice of Pilkey’s work.
He went on to sell tens of millions of copies of his work, earning a strong following in dozens of countries. The author also became a powerful communicator. He visits schools where he encourages children to read.
Dav Pilkey Awards
Pilkey has won various accolades including the Caldecott Honor Award, Disney Adventure Kids Choice Award, California Young Readers Medal, and the Milner Award, to mention but a few.
Dav Pilkey Books into Movies
The ‘Dragon’ series became an animated TV show. Dreamworks Animation made a Captain Underpants movie in 2017. Captain Underpants also became a Netflix series.
Best Dav Pilkey Books
Pilkey goes out of his way to write books that are easy to read. He wants to appeal to children like him who struggle with the written word. Some of his best work includes:
Adventures of Captain Underpants: Harold and George are two boys that love writing comics. They also love pulling pranks. When Mr. Krupp, their mean principal, discovers plans for their next stunt, all hope seems lost. But then the boys acquire a ring that can hypnotize people. They use it on the principal, turning him into their own superhero.
Attack of the Talking Toilets: George and Harold created Captain Underpants. They loved the superhero but he wasn’t real. After Mr. Krupp, the principal, threatened to ruin their plans, they turned him into Captain Underpants. While that particular ploy was a success, George and Harold don’t expect things to turn out the same way.
They have just brought the Turbo Toilet to life. It was an accident. Unlike Captain Underpants, the Turbo Toilet is a terrifying monster.
When Does The Next Dav Pilkey book come out?
Dav Pilkey doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is On Purpose and was released on April, 5th 2022. It is the newest book in the Cat Kid Comic Club Series.