As a child, Dav Pilkey was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hall every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books.In the second grade, Dav Pilkey created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn't spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.Dav has gone on to create award-winning and bestselling books for children. His Captain Underpants series has more than 80 million copies in print worldwide and has been translated into more than 28 languages. In 2017, DreamWorks Animation brought the character to the silver screen in the feature film adaptation Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, and Netflix is now streaming The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV show.Dav's latest creation, Dog Man, continues to be a #1 New York Times bestselling series with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide and translations available in more than 21 languages. Dav is also the creator of the Dragon series, the Dumb Bunnies series, Dog Breath, and The Paperboy, which is a Caldecott Honor Book.Dav lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.
Gr 1-5-A first-time author/illustrator gets it right with this kitschy tale of a lonely dinosaur in search of an "amigo exactly like himself." Gwango's encounters with each potential friend introduce readers to the landscape of the American Southwest as he comes across a bear from a traveling circus, a gleaming Santa Fe train, a Tiki next to a Polynesian motor hotel, a hot-pink family RV, and, finally, the projectionist at a deserted drive-in movie theater. Peppered with colorful comparisons, Spanish words, and exclamations like "Holy mackerel," "Hot dog," and "Jiminy Christmas," the text is perfect for reading aloud. Handsome desert-hued paintings with the feel of multilayered block prints complement this retro tale. Gwango's red body with squiggly blue stripes and his toothy grin add a further sense of playfulness. Kids will immediately relate to his attempts to befriend inanimate objects and laugh at his guacamole breath. A great choice for science teachers supplementing North American archaeology lessons, parents seeking snazzy works for parent read-aloud day, and most picture-book collections.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The critics are CRAZY about UNDERPANTS!
"Irresistible." -- Entertainment Weekly "Call Pilkey...
the savior of the 'reluctant reader.'" -- USA Today "So
appealing that youngsters won't notice that their vocabulary is
School Library Journal "Pilkey's sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers."
-- Parents' Choice Foundation "Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action." --
Booklist "Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted." -- The Educational Book and Media