When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.
Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out
in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up
stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original
comic books--the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain
Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to
illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the
prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won.
He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California
Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in
1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The
Paperboy. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published
in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the
Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA
Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children's,
and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung Fu Cavemen from the
Future and Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty
Snatchers, both USA Today bestsellers. The
unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to
encourage uninhibited creativity in kids. His stories are
semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate
friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted. Dav
loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.
Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at www.dantat.com.
Praise for the Ricky Ricotta series:
This reboot... offer[s] a new generation of readers a fun introduction to chapter books... Newly independent readers and Pilkey fans alike will not be disappointed by the humorous ride. --School Library Journal Aimed at a younger audience than the wildly popular Captain Underpants books, this series... has all the classic Pilkey hallmarks: comic book panels, superhero action, and flip-o-rama. --Booklist