Dav Pilkey Books

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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

1Big Dog and Little Dog (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
2Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
3Big Dog and Little Dog Getting in Trouble (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
4Big Dog and Little Dog Wearing Sweaters (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
5Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
6The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog (Short Story) 2003Description / Buy

Order of Captain Underpants Series

1The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
2Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
3Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
4Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants 2000Description / Buy
5Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman 2001Description / Buy
6Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 1 2003Description / Buy
7Captain Underpants and the Big Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, Part 2 2003Description / Buy
8Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People 2006Description / Buy
9Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers 2012Description / Buy
10Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers 2013Description / Buy
11Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000 2014Description / Buy
12Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot 2015Description / Buy

Order of Captain Underpants Activity Books

1The Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book o' Fun (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
2The All New Captain Underpants Extra-Crunchy Book O' Fun 2 (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
3The Extra Big 'N' Extra Crunchy Captain Underpants Book O' Fun 2011Description / Buy
4Captain Underpants Super Flip-o-Rama Sticker Book (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy

Order of Cat Kid Comic Club Series

1Cat Kid Comic Club 2020Description / Buy
2Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives 2021Description / Buy

Order of Dog Man Series

1Dog Man 2016Description / Buy
2Dog Man Unleashed 2016Description / Buy
3A Tale of Two Kitties 2017Description / Buy
4Dog Man and Cat Kid 2017Description / Buy
5Lord of the Fleas 2018Description / Buy
6Brawl of the Wild 2018Description / Buy
7For Whom the Ball Rolls 2019Description / Buy
8Fetch-22 2019Description / Buy
9Grime and Punishment 2020Description / Buy
10Mothering Heights 2021Description / Buy

Order of The Dragon Tales Series

1A Friend For Dragon (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
2Dragon Gets By (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
3Dragon's Merry Christmas (Short Story) 1991Description / Buy
4Dragon's Fat Cat (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
5Dragon's Halloween (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy

Order of Dumb Bunnies Series

1The Dumb Bunnies (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
2The Dumb Bunnies' Easter (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
3Make Way for Dumb Bunnies (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
4The Dumb Bunnies Go To The Zoo (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy

Order of Ricky Ricotta Series

1Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
2Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Short Story) 2000Description / Buy
3Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus (Short Story) 2001Description / Buy
4Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
5Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
6Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
7Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus (Short Story) 2005Description / Buy
8Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Naughty Nightcrawlers From Neptune (Short Story) 2015Description / Buy
9Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Short Story) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Ricky Ricotta Activity Books

1Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Astro-Activity Book O' Fun (Short Story) 2006Description / Buy

Order of Super Diaper Baby Series

1The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (Short Story) 2002Description / Buy
2The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers 2011Description / Buy

Order of Dav Pilkey Standalone Novels

1The Adventures of Ook and Gluk 2010Description / Buy

Order of Dav Pilkey Picture Books

1World War Won (Short Story) 1987Description / Buy
2'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving (Short Story) 1990Description / Buy
3When Cats Dream (Short Story) 1992Description / Buy
4Kat Kong (Short Story) 1993Description / Buy
5Dog Breath! The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis (Short Story) 1994Description / Buy
6Moonglow Roll O Rama (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy
7The Paperboy (Short Story) 1996Description / Buy
8The Silly Gooses (Short Story) 1998Description / Buy
9Dogzilla (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
10God Bless the Gargoyles (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
11The Hallo-Weiner (Short Story) 1999Description / Buy
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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?

The next book by Dav Pilkey is Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives and will be released on November, 30th 2021. It is the newest book in the Cat Kid Comic Club Series.


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