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Dav Pilkey

Dav Pilkey
Pilkey at the National Book Festival
Born David Murray Pilkey, Jr.[1]
(1966-03-04) March 4, 1966
Cleveland, Ohio
Pen name George Beard and Harold Hutchins
Sue Denim
Occupation Writer and illustrator
Nationality American
Period 1987–present
Genre Children's literature
Notable works
  • Captain Underpants
  • Super Diaper Baby
  • The Dumb Bunnies
  • The Paperboy
  • God Bless the Gargoyles


David Murray "Dav" Pilkey, Jr. (born March 4, 1966)[2] is an American author and Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.


  • Biography 1
  • Books 2
    • Dragon 2.1
    • Dumb Bunnies 2.2
    • Captain Underpants 2.3
    • Captain Underpants spin-offs 2.4
    • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot 2.5
    • Big Dog & Little Dog 2.6
    • Other books 2.7
  • Awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
    • Interviews 5.1


Pilkey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Barbara and David Pilkey, Sr.[3] He has one older sister. In elementary school in Elyria, Ohio, he was diagnosed with (and still suffers from) ADHD and dyslexia. Pilkey was frequently reprimanded for his behavior in class and thus usually sat at a desk in the school hallway, where he created the Captain Underpants character.[4] Pilkey entered his first book, World War Won, in a national competition for student authors and won in his age category. The book's publication in 1987 was included in the award.[3]

The atypical spelling of his first name came from a period of employment in a Pizza Hut, when the "e" was omitted from his nametag. Even though it is spelled D-A-V, it is pronounced "Dave" (rhyming with "cave" and "brave").[5]

Pilkey took a break from writing for a few years to care for his terminally ill father (who died on November 13, 2008), but in 2010 agreed with Scholastic to publish four new books.[6][7] The first two are graphic novels: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future, released on August 10, 2010; and Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, released on June 28, 2011. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers was released on August 28, 2012 and Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers was released in January 2013.



For the animated television series based on the books, see Dragon (TV series).
  • A friend for dragon (1990)
  • Dragon gets by(1991)
  • Dragon's Fat Cat (1992)
  • Dragon's Halloween (1993)
  • Dragon's Merry Christmas (1994)

Dumb Bunnies

  • The Dumb Bunnies (1994)
  • The Dumb Bunnies' Easter (1995)
  • Make Way for Dumb Bunnies (1996)
  • The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo (1997)

Pilkey authored the Dumb Bunnies books under the pseudonym Sue Denim. He has stated that the series was influenced by The Stupids.

Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants spin-offs

Pilkey authored these books under the pseudonyms Harold Hutchins and George Beard.

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot

  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha Monkeys from Mars
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Naughty Night Crawlers from Neptune
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Un-Pleasant Penguins from Pluto
  • Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot Astro-Activity Book o' Fun

Big Dog & Little Dog

  • Big Dog and Little Dog (1997)
  • 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 Making a Mistake (1999)
  • The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog (1999)

Other books

  • World War Won (1987)
  • Don't Pop Your Cork on Mondays (1988) Illustrator only
  • 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving (1990)
  • The Place Nobody Stopped (1991) Illustrator only
  • Julius (1993) Illustrator only
  • Kat Kong (1993)
  • Dogzilla (1993)
  • Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis (1994)
  • The Moonglow Roll-O-Rama (1995)
  • The Hallo-Wiener (1995)
  • When Cats Dream (1996)
  • God Bless the Gargoyles (1996)
  • The Paperboy (1996)
  • The Silly Gooses (1998)
  • Comics Squad: Recess! (2014) contributor as author/illustrator for this anthology
  • Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (2015) contributor as author/illustrator for this anthology[10]
  • One Today (2015) illustrator only[11]


  • 1986: The National Written and Illustrated by... Awards Contest for Students, ages 14–19 category, World War Won[12]
  • 1997: Caldecott Honor Award, The Paperboy[13]
  • 1998: California Young Reader Medal, Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis, published in 1994
  • 2007: Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards, The Captain Underpants series


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b "Dav Pilkey". Ohio Authors Online. Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library. 2003. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 8, 2007. 
  4. ^ Nissen, Beth (July 11, 2000). "Captain Underpants: The straight poop on a grossly entertaining series of children's books". CNN. Archived from the original on July 30, 2003. Retrieved August 8, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Super Humor: Tales of an 'Under' Achiever". Washington Post. July 3, 2002. p. C18. 
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Pilkey, Dav. "Four New Books" (PDF). 
  8. ^ ThunderX19 (January 17, 2013). "Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Turbo-Toilet 2000 Teaser". YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Schoenberg, Nara (April 16, 2015). "Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey brings underdog message to Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 23, 2015. Pilkey says he's still doing picture books in that vein, even as he follows George and Harold, authors of the upcoming "Dog Man: World's Greatest Cop" on new literary adventures. 
  10. ^ "Guys Read: Terrifying Tales". Harper Collins. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ Lodge, Sally (September 19, 2013). "Dav Pilkey to Illustrate Picture Book of Inaugural Poem". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The National Written & Illustrated by... Awards Contest for Students Winners". Landmark Editions. Retrieved August 8, 2007. 
  13. ^ Association for Library Service to Children. "Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938–Present". American Library Association. Retrieved August 8, 2007. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Dav Pilkey at Library of Congress Authorities, with 62 catalog records
  • Denim n93050039 at Library of Congress Authorities, with 4 catalog records (Dumb Bunnies, 1994 to 1997)
  • Beard, George (fictitious character) at LC Authorities – not a Pilkey pseudonym
  • Hutchins, Harold (fictitious character) at LC Authorities – not a Pilkey pseudonym


  • Transcript of e-mail interview with Dav Pilkey, author, 'Captain Underpants' series. Interview with Beth Nissen. July 11, 2000.  
  • A Hero In Briefs. Interview with Andrea Sachs. August 27, 2001. Time. 
  • The Man Behind Captain Underpants. Interview with Jennifer Ludden. September 20, 2003.  
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