Dav Pilkey

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Dav Pilkey
Born David Murray Pilkey, Jr.[1]
(1966-03-04) March 4, 1966 (age 49)
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 illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He also uses the pen names George Beard and Harold Hutchins, which are the names of two of the main characters in the aforementioned series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.


Pilkey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Barbara and David Pilkey, Sr.[3] He has one older sister, Cindy. 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 November 13, 2008), but in 2010 agreed with Scholastic to publish four new books.[6][7] The first three are graphic novels: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future, released on August 10, 2010; Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, released on June 28, 2011; and Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers, released on August 28, 2012. The tenth book, Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, was released on January 15, 2013.



For the animated television series based on the books, see Dragon (TV series).
  • A Friend for Dragon (1991)
  • Dragon Gets By (1991)
  • Dragon's Fat Cat (1992)
  • Dragon's Halloween (1993)
  • Dragon's Merry Christmas (1994)

Dumb Bunnies[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Main article: Captain Underpants

Captain Underpants spin-off graphic novels[edit]

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

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Other books[edit]


  • 1986: The National Written and Illustrated by... Awards Contest for Students, ages 14–19 category, World War Won[9]
  • 1997: Caldecott Honor Award, The Paperboy[10]
  • 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. ^ http://biography.jrank.org/pages/2022/Pilkey-Dav-1966.html
  2. ^ Pilkey.com
  3. ^ a b "Dav Pilkey". Ohio Authors Online. Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library. 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  4. ^ Nissen, Beth (2000-07-11). "Captain Underpants: The straight poop on a grossly entertaining series of children's books". CNN. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Super Humor: Tales of an 'Under' Achiever". Washington Post. 2002-07-03. p. C18. 
  6. ^ [1]
  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. ^ "The National Written & Illustrated by... Awards Contest for Students Winners". Landmark Editions. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 
  10. ^ Association for Library Service to Children. "Caldecott Medal Winners and Honor Books, 1938–Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2007-08-08. 

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