Scholastic recently recorded a podcast with Dav Pilkey, the award winning author of the Captain Underpants, Dog Man, and Ricky Ricotta series. Let me just start by saying he’s a pretty awesome dude! He talked about everything from having ADHD to his sense of humor in writing.
Top 10 Reasons Why We Love Dav Pilkey
- Is he subversive? Grown-ups think he is and have even tried to ban his books, but kids love them.
- Dav Pilkey had dyslexia, ADHA and behavioral problems when he was a kid. His teacher put his desk right next to hers in front of the class, and occasionally out in the hallway. “I was always being separated from my classmates because I was a huge distraction.”
- When he was a kid, he would just take pencil and paper and start drawing and writing, not even knowing what he wanted to do sometimes, but just let it come. He would draw so fast and furiously that he never stopped to check spelling (so in some of George and Harold’s earlier work you’ll see spelling mistakes).
- He created Captain Underpants when he was in 2nd grade.
- “Anytime you just add laughter to something, it just makes it more fun.”
- “You just have to find the right book that opens up a world…”
- His parents were supportive of his comics. But his teachers were NOT! Sometimes the teachers would take his comics and rip them up. His parents asked him to make a series of comics just for them. He said his parents would stop to read them, and laugh in all the right places.
- Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie is coming to theaters June 2, 2017!
- Advice to kids: “Try not to be too concerned with the struggles you’re going through right now because these things (like ADHA and dyslexia) are challenges but also opportunities -- because you’re THINKING differently than other people. And the world needs people who can think outside the box. So, yeah, it may not be the best time for you right now, but just be patient. In 10-15 years, these things you think are disadvantages, they might be the best things ever."
- I love this quote: “We might have different skin colors or different religions; we might come from different areas . . . but we all laugh the same way.” SO TRUE!
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