Try to remember that being unsuccessful in school doesn't automatically mean you'll be unsuccessful in life. Lots of people who didn't excel in school still went on to have successful lives.

— Dav Pilkey

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A book without potty humor is like a banana split without hot fudge.

It can still be good, I suppose, but you kinda get the feeling that something is missing.


It used to take me forever to read and comprehend stuff, so I decided not to make the 'Captain Underpants' books too challenging. Don't get me wrong - the humor and ideas are often sophisticated - but the books aren't hard to read. I wanted kids who hate reading to find these books irresistible.


Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups.

Kids see the world in black and white... They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there's nothing they can do about it because they have no power.


My goal with The Adventures of Captain Underpants was to invent a style which was almost identical to that of a picture book - in a novel format. So I wrote incredibly short chapters and tried to fill each page with more pictures than words. I wanted to create a book that kids who don't like to read would want to read.


Having a sense of fun in books is a huge, huge deal, because a lot of times kids - even me when I got to third or fourth grade - don't associate reading with fun.


I think if you can show a kid that reading can actually be fun, it can make you laugh, inspire imagination - that can make a huge difference, that can help a child who's struggling with reading to really look at it differently.


My books are just pure escapism for kids.


My reading preferences are kind of all over the board - I read nonfiction, I read graphic novels.


My freshman English professor at Kent State University in 1984 told me I was a good writer, and she loved all the silly pictures I drew in my notebook. She said I should try writing children's books, and so I did.


I think my funny books are my favorites because I like to laugh so much.


Once I have the story in my head, I write it down. The illustrations usually come last.


Nothing prevents boredom like a good book.


About Dav Pilkey

Quotes 16 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday March 4, 1966

Encourage kids to be creative without worrying about being perfect.


I had a lot of reading problems growing up.


Grown-ups do a lot of complaining!