Dav Pilkey: Facts About The Captain Underpants Creator

Here are some facts about Dav Pilkey.

  • Dav Pilkey was born on March 4th 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, US.
  • He is an author and an illustrator and he is best known for the Captain Underpants books.
  • He lives in Seattle, Washington, US.
  • Dav Pilkey has also written books under the pen names, George Beard, Harold Hutchins and Sue Denim. George and Harold feature as characters in the Captain Underpants series.
  • He has ADHD and dyslexia.
  • There are now more than ten books in the Captain Underpants series, including: The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants and Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers.
  • His name is spelt ‘Dav’ but pronounced ‘Dave’. He spells his name in an unusual way beacuse, when he worked for Pizza Hut, his name badge was missing an e.
  • One of his favourite books is How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.
  • More of his favourites include: The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell, Hop on Pop by Dr Seuss, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and the Stupids books by James Marshall.
  • His first book was called World War Won and it was about a fox and a racoon.
  • His childhood heroes were the monster characters King Kong, Godzilla and Gamera.
  • Dav Pilkey enjoys listening to jazz and he likes watching movies.
  • His favourite artists include: Vincent van Gogh, Henri Rousseau and Marc Chagall.

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