Books by Dav Pilkey

RICKY RICOTTA'S MIGHTY ROBOT by Dav Pilkey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 29, 2014

"An uninspired retread, still with only hints of the wit and silly humor that light up Pilkey's other series. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
New, all-color illustrations on shiny paper add gloss to this reboot of a Captain Underpants also-ran. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE REVOLTING REVENGE OF THE RADIOACTIVE ROBO-BOXERS by Dav Pilkey
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Series fans, at least, will take this outing (and clear evidence of more to come) in stride. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Zipping back and forth in time atop outsized robo–bell bottoms, mad inventor Tippy Tinkletrousers (aka Professor Poopypants) legs his way to center stage in this slightly less-labored continuation of episode 9. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE TERRIFYING RETURN OF TIPPY TINKLETROUSERS by Dav Pilkey
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Is this the end? Well, no…the series will stagger on through at least one more scheduled sequel. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Sure signs that the creative wells are running dry at last, the Captain's ninth, overstuffed outing both recycles a villain (see Book 4) and offers trendy anti-bullying wish fulfillment. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE WRATH OF THE WICKED WEDGIE WOMAN by Dav Pilkey
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Pilkey is still having entirely too much fun with this popular series, which continues to careen along with nary a whiff of staleness. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Trying to salvage failing grades, George and Harold use their handy 3-D Hypno Ring on termagant teacher Ms. Ribble—and succeed only in creating a supervillain with a medusa-like 'do and a yen to conquer the world with wedgie power. Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"More sophisticated readers will better appreciate the forbidden humor of Roald Dahl. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Familiar faces and familiar themes reappear in Pilkey's newest addition to the Captain Underpants family. Read full book review >
RICKY RICOTTA’S GIANT ROBOT VS. THE VOODOO VULTURES FROM VENUS by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Also containing a rather lame flip-o-rama and instructions on how to draw the characters, this book is silly good fun. (Fiction. 7-10)"
It's easy to see how Pilkey's high-action, easy-reading chapter novel with a comic-book feel would appeal to younger readers. Read full book review >
RICKY RICOTTA’S MIGHTY ROBOT VS. THE MECHA-MONKEYS FROM MARS by Dav Pilkey
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Part shtick, part goofy predictable adventure, the easy-to-read short novel will allow the early reader to turn pages quickly, feel successful, and have fun. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Pilkey and Ontiveros team up for another action-packed adventure with Ricky Ricotta and his robot (Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot vs. the Voodoo Vultures from Venus, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
RICKY RICOTTA'S GIANT ROBOT by Dav Pilkey
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Children younger than the Captain's readership may find this droll, but Pilkey's just treading water; so rudimentary is the plot, so stock the characters, and so free is this of humor, that it may sink like the proverbial lead balloon. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The mind behind the redoubtable Captain Underpants teams up with a new illustrator for a new series, featuring a pipsqueak mouse and his humongous metal friend. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS by Dav Pilkey
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Once again, it's Wedgie Power to the rescue, in a book subtitled "And the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space (and the Subsequent Assault of the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds)." Read full book review >
THE SILLY GOOSES by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Pair it with any of Harry Allard's books about the Stupids for a properly goofy story hour. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 Just as the title says—a silly story about silly geese. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS by Dav Pilkey
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"There'll be no silence in the library once readers get hold of this somewhat classier alternative to Barf-o-Rama books and their crude ilk. (Fiction. 9-11)"
 In the fine old tradition of James Marshall's Cut-Ups, Pilkey (God Bless the Gargoyles, 1996, etc.) introduces George Beard and Harold Hutchins, two usually responsible fourth-graders, as in ``whenever anything bad happened, George and Harold were usually responsible.'' Pranksters of the first order, George and Harold are finally nabbed by Mr. Krupp, the principal, whom they then hypnotize into believing he's Captain Underpants, a superhero of their own creation. Read full book review >
GOD BLESS THE GARGOYLES by Dav Pilkey
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Still, readers will find solace in this modern-day answer to existentialism. (Picture book. 6-10)"
 Pilkey (The Paperboy, p. 141, etc.) joins the medieval fray with a bucolic approach to the journey of gargoyles from the cathedrals of the Middle Ages to modern cityscapes. Read full book review >
THE PAPERBOY by Dav Pilkey
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Pilkey (The Hallow-Wiener, 1995, etc.) may have created a throwback to a simpler time by presenting work as a desirable activity for children; this book is a gentle salve for the instability in so much of modern life. (Picture book. 4-10)"
 A quiet, solid mood piece with a quiet, solid protagonist, who becomes a hero simply by doing his job every day. Read full book review >
THE HALLO-WIENER by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Pilkey (Kat Kong, 1993, etc.) demonstrates his kinship to both Rosemary Wells and James Marshall with a book that has moments of high comedy, lowbrow humor, and good old-fashioned heroics. (Picture book. 4-7)"
 Oscar (last name: Myers) is a sweet, sensitive dachshund who is troubled by his unique appearance (``half-a-dog tall and one- and-a-half dogs long''). Read full book review >
THE DUMB BUNNIES by Sue Denim
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"But let's not elevate this by calling it wit—at best, it's harmless silliness. (Picture book. 5-7)"
 This labored effort is obviously meant to be funny, but it's more in the goofball style of Beavis and Butthead than an entry in the ranks of fractured fairy tales by such masters as Scieszka/Lane or James Marshall. Read full book review >
KAT KONG by Dav Pilkey
by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"In the same vein: Dogzilla, starring the same intrepid mice and a pleasant-looking corgi (ISBN: 0-15-223944-8; paper: 0-15-223945-6). (Picture book. 4-10)"
 The irrepressible Pilkey strikes again with a spoof of the famous film, enacted by a real cat and some mice (``Flash as Professor Vincent Varmint, Rabies as Rosie Rodent,'' etc.) in color photo images imposed on background paintings. Read full book review >
JULIUS by Angela Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Using ink, paint, fabric swatches, and even coffee spatters, Pilkey creates a riotous sequence in which Maya's happy face contrasts comically with her parents' glowers while her adored pink friend floats with bulbous grace. (Picture book. 4-7)"
 The author of When I Am Old With You (1990) and other celebrations of loving companionship teams up with the mad colorist of When Cats Dream (1992) for a tale of a black family that finds itself saddled with a huge, exuberant pet. Read full book review >
WHEN CATS DREAM by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Pilkey's simple text suggests the dream adventures' liberating quality, splendidly realized in his glowing, beautifully designed paintings; handsome in themselves, they also make a unique introduction to modern art's ideas and images. (Picture book. 4-8)"
 An imaginative exploration of the world of dream. ``When cats are awake, all the world is the same''—predictable and, in neatly framed black and white, realistic. Read full book review >
DRAGON'S FAT CAT by Dav Pilkey
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Never a dull moment here; the amiable Dragon's misapprehensions are as much fun as his quirky problem-solving, while the lighthearted illustrations display an unusual sensitivity to color and design in their artless-seeming background detail. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
 Pilkey's series about a little blue dragon who keeps house (Dragon's Merry Christmas, 1991) gets stronger with each entry. Read full book review >
DRAGON'S MERRY CHRISTMAS by Dav Pilkey
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Not exceptional, but genuinely warmhearted; the art, drawn with assurance and verve, is vibrantly colored. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
 An appealing blue creature, first introduced in 1990, displays his independent thinking and good humor in four episodes appropriate to the season. Read full book review >
THE PLACE WHERE NOBODY STOPPED by Jerry Segal
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Colorful characters, delightful dialogue, and lively action following a repetitive folkloric design should make this a readaloud winner. (Illustrations not seen.) (Fiction. 8+)"
 Told in the rich, well-honed style of a practiced storyteller, a sturdy yarn about a Jewish family taking refuge with a Christian baker in a backwater Russian village while they await passports to America, for which they've paid a cousin their life savings. Read full book review >