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Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (Item #1257167)
and other Dav Pilkey titles are available in
most Costco warehouses.
discouraged, soshe decided that insteadof
focusing onwhat Iwas reading, she wanted
to make sure that I was reading. She got me
alibrary card, and she let me get whatever
I wanted. There was no judgment whatso
ever. And so I read all thetime, and I think
that's really what changed me.
Dav Pilkey has been writing for
children for more than two decades
Fun leads to habits, and habits lead to
skill. And before you know it, I identified
as a reader. And I still do today.
BY STEPHANIE E. PONDER
DAV PILKEY is best
known for his Captain
Underpants and Dog
Man series for middle
grade readers about,
respectively, a hypno
tized principal turned
superhero and a lov
able, crime-stopping Dav Pilkey kid, or the artist. It helped me to change DP: Ihope so. A lot of these are books that
still wanted to have a connection with my
classmates, because I did spend a lot of CC: The Dog Man series references sev
time outthere. So I would make these little eral classic works ofliterature: East of
comic books, and I would bring 'em into Eden, Lord of the Flies and A Tale of Two
the classroom whenever I was allowed to Cities. Are you thinking that when your
see my classmates, and they would read readers are a little older, they'll see these
'em, and they would laugh. And instead of familiar titles and have a connection
me being the bad kid, I was now the funny with them?
I first read in high school, and I've been
rereading them because they're fun. So I
The Connection recently caught
with the Costco member at his publisher's CC: What wouldyou likeparents to now
offices in New York City to talk about the
(super) power of books. (Oh, and his first DP: My whole idea is that I want to make
name is pronounced“Dave. He credits the
unusual spelling to a typo on his nametag
when he worked at a Pizza Hut.)
hope kids don'tthink that Charles Dickens
stole fromthat Dav Pilkey guy. I hope that
they'll recognize some of the themes that
inspired metowrite the stories.
about your books?
reading fun for kids. So I'm trying to do
books for kids,likethe kind ofkid I used to
be, who had struggles with reading. Soltry
to make books that I would have wanted to
CC: What do you love most about the work
DP: I think my favourite part of what I get
to do is togo out on the road and meetkids
THE COSTCO CONNECTION: You havepick up.
been writingfor children for a long time.
How do you stay on top of what kids
Dav Pilkey: I think there's a part of me
that just never grew up. I was making
books for kids ever since I was in seco
CC: Can you speak to the importance ofand do school visits. Children come up
encouraging kids to read what theyve with books that they've made that have
DP: When I was a little kid I was diagnosed been inspired by Dog Man or Captain
with dyslexia, and I had lots of reading Underpants. This unprompted creativity
problems. I was always reading, but my is so wonderful to see.. Sometimes it's my
teachers were taking [those items], say- 14th hour in the studio, and I'm like, ugh
ing, "That's not a real book."
e. Because of my behavioural prob-
ms in class, I would get sent out in the
hallway, and I'd have nothing else to do. I
But then I think about that, and it keeps
me going. C
My mom realized that I was getting
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