Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers (linked to my review) is Dav Pilkey’s latest graphic novel in the Captain Underpants series. 5 Minutes for Books was happy to participate in the “10 QUESTIONS WITH DAV PILKEY” blog tour, and Dav graciously answered our two submitted questions.
Which character is most like you?
George and Harold are both based on me when I was in elementary school. Like George and Harold, I was always getting in trouble with one authority figure or another when I was a kid. My troubles usually came from trying to entertain the classroom (with either my comics or my silly behavior).
But unlike George and Harold, I don’t think I actually saved the world very often (maybe just once or twice).
As moms, we have to ask why your books have so many misspellings and grammatical errors?
Unfortunately, there are tons of kids out there who feel stifled, creatively, because they’re afraid of making mistakes. I want to show kids that they can be creative without having to worry about being perfect. My hope is that they’ll be so inspired by George and Harold’s wildly imperfect (but still fun) stories that they’ll pick up a pencil and start creating their own stories “just for fun.”
So far I feel like my plan is working. Each year I get hundreds of original comics and stories sent to me by kids (or their grateful parents or teachers). And yes, many of the stories have misspellings and mistakes. But these stories weren’t homework assignments—they were made for fun. And for many of these kids, it might be the first time they ever realized that writing could be fun. And who knows? That very thought could inspire a lifetime of creativity!
In addition to the opportunity for us to interact directly with Dav Pilkey, Scholastic is offering one winner both Super Diaper Baby books! Leave a comment below to enter; the winner (U.S. only, please) will be announced on July 13. This giveaway is closed.
5 Minutes for Books is the second stop on the blog tour. Please visit these other blogs for more questions and answers from Dav Pilkey, along with additional chances to win the books, and be sure to check out my review, and a fun book trailer HERE.
The winner of Sisters of the Sari is Linda, #13.
The winner of Healer is #26 Nancy Davis.