Dav Pilkey

I am grateful for Dav Pilkey's generosity, his humility, his Instagram feed, and his heart. I am grateful whenever I am given an opportunity to share Dav Pilkey's books with people of all ages. I am grateful Dav Pilkey stopped by to chat with me about Dog Man, George Beard, Harold Hutchins, Dog Man: The Musical, story, school libraries, and Dog Man: Fetch-22. I wrote the words in purple, and Dav wrote the words in black. Thank you, Dav! 

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls is about love, perspective, and the importance of putting good intention into action.

Award-winning author George Beard and award-winning illustrator Harold Hutchins are getting older. They were in fourth grade during the Captain Underpants adventures and the first Dog Man books, but they’re currently about to enter sixth grade. It is noticeable to see the improvement in George and Harold's work from their first book to their current book. As a writer, I really enjoy the challenge of expanding George and Harold’s stories and themes with their evolving maturity. 

You can BE A SUPA BUDDY by reading and using your imagination. One of the “hidden” themes of both Captain Underpants and Dog Man is that most of the protagonists' true and real superpowers are in their imagination and the best way to increase that power is by reading. 

Dog Man: The Musical focuses on how two hopeful characters change the lives of everyone they meet. It's a show that all ages will enjoy because of the clever music and lyrics and the incredibly talented cast. 

Story is what saved me as a child. I grew up with ADHD and dyslexia, and I didn’t want to be known as “the kid who misbehaves” or “the kid who can’t read well”, so I began creating my own stories. Writing and drawing stories as a kid gave me a necessary creative outlet and a new identity.

School libraries are sanctuaries for instant growth potential and windows into the world. Librarians help us to realize this potential and help us find these windows into other worlds, other experiences. Reading helps us to be kinder and more empathetic people and it allows us to go on never-ending adventures. Having such a resource that we can freely access five days a week is an unbelievable privilege. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about the NEXT Dog Man book, Fetch-22 (which comes out on December 10, 2019). The next book is about finding the courage to stand alone and do good, even if everybody around you is doing something different. I’m so excited about this book because it introduces an all new hero- a psychokinetic tadpole named Molly.

Borrow Dav Pilkey's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


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