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Dav Pilkey
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    (March 4, 1966- )
    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
    Birth name was David Pilkey, Jr.
    Writer and illustrator
    Best known for the Captain Underpants series of children’s books and the Dog Man series of children’s graphic novels
    He suffers attention deficit disorder to the extent that he refuses face-to-face and telephone interviews, answering questions only via email.
    He got the name ‘Dav’ while working at a Pizza Hut when his nametag got misspelled.
    He wrote a series of ‘Dumb Bunnies’ books under the pseudonym Sue Denim.
    His first Captain Underpants story was rejected by about 20 publishers before he reworked it.
    The Captain Underpants books are big on toilet humor.
    He created Captain Underpants in the second grade while sitting at his desk in the hallway for being disruptive in class.
    He said, ‘I really do identify with kids who are outsiders in the classroom.’
    He won a national competition for student authors, resulting in publication of his first book, ‘World War Won.’
    He took a break from writing for several years to care for his terminally ill father.
    The Captain Underpants series has sold more than 70 million books.
    Slate on the appeal of ‘Captain Underpants’ to young readers: ‘They're drawn to them because for the first time in their reading lives they are understood, entertained, and catered to all at once. It is theirs, not ours.’

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