March is National Reading Month–time to celebrate kids’ books and their authors. Today’s featured book guy is Dav Pilkey, a very silly man with a middle school juvenile sense of humor. Who is Dav Pilkey you ask? Well, adults might not know the name, but kids will recognize Dav Pilkey as the author/illustrator of graphic novels and kids books, notably Captain Underpants. Dav Pilkey has many well-loved kids books and graphic novels to his credit. But his most enduring is the supremely ridiculous “Captain Underpants” stories. Oh and grownups, graphic novels are stories told in cartoons or comics, not dirty books! Jeff Kinney author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series is another graphic novels writer.
So Captain Underpants is a farsical superhero, but then anti-heroes are kind of en vogue right now with Deadpool. And Kylo Ren–kids love that Star Wars bad guy almost as much as his evil dad Darth Vader. People must be tired of the schmaltzy superhero good guy. Captain Underpants is a good–but very weird–guy. Along with his sidekick, Super Diaper Baby he battles The Wicked Wedgie Woman, The Lunch Ladies from Outer Space, Bionic Booger Boy (!) and Professor Poopypants. Children (especially boys) adore the title alone. As you might suspect the Captain Underpants stories are filled with (gross, just heard it!) puerile humor so loved by lower elementary school students. So how about some free printable Captain Underpants fun, to get your “fill” of silly, slightly sickening second grade comedy?
Dav Pilkey has several another popular series stories: Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot, The Dumb Bunnies, Big Dog and Little Dog, Dragon and two which are almost as popular as Captain Underpants–Kat Kong and Dogzilla. Pilkey uses pictures of his pets in these books. And like all of Dav Pilkey’s books, they are very immature and goofy. Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated quite a few non-series serious books that are well-loved also. His book The Paperboy was chosen as a runner up for the prestigious Caldecott picture book award.
Dav Pilkey’s website is full of fun stuff to do. Web pages are laid out like graphic novels and feature Dav Pilkey messy handwriting font. There are fun Dav Pilkey kids book games. There are several free printable flip-o-rama kids book games that show how a movie is made from scenes or sketches. Best of all, Dav has put about twenty free printable Captain Underpants coloring pages and coloring pages and other kids book games. on his website. This site has a free printable Captain Underpants bookmark.
Dav Pilkey gets some cr*p for his potty humor (pun intended) but maybe children’s literature needs more silly stories, to un-stuffy it. It’s good to see authors not only writing and but creating kids book games and activities based on their works. Enjoy these free printable kids book games activities and read Dav Pilkey’s books. For more free printable kids book games, crafts, activities, coloring and lesson plans visit the Grand Rapids Parenting Examiner blogs Free Printable Lesson Plans and Free Coloring Pages 4U and Kidz Literature.