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Dav Pilkey: “Love Inspires Us to Become Better People.”

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We’re back with our Friday check-in with author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, the bestselling children’s writer behind the wildly popular series “Dog Man” and “Captain Underpants.”

Like a lot of authors that publish for that age range, there’s a mix of vulnerability and heart that informs his work. Cartoon strips such as “Peanuts” or “Calvin and Hobbes” (among many others) had that same underpinning of intelligence and kindness; there was a sense of both the wonders and insecurities of childhood that lurked behind the pratfalls and pranks that played for laughs.

In this short montage, Pilkey explains the origins of Petey, one of primary characters in “Dog Man.” As you might expect, he didn’t wander far from home for his inspiration.

In previous episodes, he’s shown us how to draw the characters Flippy and Big Jim. He’ll be back next week, so be sure to visit with us again.

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Comments (3)

  1. Love inspires us to become better people I believe that because in elementary school I would get bullied then I dealt with it and once I got to 7th grade this girl was having laptop difficulties so I tried to help but she didn’t like my help so she started using my advantages and bulling me and I told my mom and she said kill her with kindness and it worked Love from my mom worked.

  2. Dav Pilkey once you are able to read this letter i just want to say that you really inspired me to draw the characters too and i have been drawing dog man comix to and others also i love your books!!!

    from: Ashton

  3. hello I’m a big fan!!! go dog man!!

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