David "Dav" Pilkey, Jr. (born March 4, 1966) is a popular American author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He also uses the pen names George Beard and Harold Hutchins which are the names of two of the main characters in the aforementioned series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.
Pilkey was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to David Sr and Barbara Pilkey. He has one older sister, Cindy. In elementary school in Elyria, Ohio, he was diagnosed with (and still suffers from) ADHD and dyslexia. Pilkey was frequently reprimanded for his behavior in class and thus usually sat at a desk in the school hallway, where he created the Captain Underpants character. Pilkey entered his first book, World War Won, in a national competition for student authors and won in his age category. The book's publication in 1987 was included in the award.
The atypical spelling of his first name came from a period of employment in a Pizza Hut, when the "e" was omitted from his nametag. Even though it is spelled Dav, it is pronounced "Dave" (rhyming with "cave" and "brave").
Pilkey took a break from writing for a few years to care for his terminally ill father (who died November 13, 2008), but in 2010 agreed with Scholastic to publish four new books. The first three are graphic novels: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future, released on August 10, 2010; Super Diaper Baby 2: Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, released on June 28, 2011; and Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Re-turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers, released on August 28, 2012. The tenth book, Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, was released on January 15, 2013.
Dav Pilkey currently resides in Eugene, in the state of Oregon. Dav Pilkey was born in 1966.