Dav Pilkey has a special brand of clout in my household. My children—both now voracious readers—cut their literary teeth on his wonderfully irreverent Captain Underpants series.
I can’t help but feel that those early adventures with George and Harold, not to mention the hypnotized Mr. Krupp, helped shape their understanding of the written word as an opportunity to explore the limitless potential of human creativity rather than just some boring, regimented exercise employed only to pass tests or pick out what side dishes you’d like at a restaurant.
This September marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of the very first Captain Underpants book, a series that’s gone on to sell more than 80 million copies in more than 25 different languages, and even got its own film featuring the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, and Thomas Middleditch. As part of this 20th-anniversary celebration, Pilkey is traveling the country (and our northern neighbor) on his Supa Epic Tour O’Fun.
Tour stops will include a presentation/live drawing session by Dav Pilkey himself as well as the requisite book signing, prizes and fun giveaways, and even photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man, another crazy crime-fighter cut from a similarly silly cloth. Check out the list below to see if Pilkey and company are coming to your neck of the woods, and, if so, be sure to make a special family trip to celebrate Captain Underpants‘ landmark 20th anniversary, pick up the latest Dog Man adventure, A Tale of Two Kitties, and enjoy all the fun (and maybe a little good-natured foolishness) that only Dav can provide.
Thursday, August 31, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Hosted by A Likely Story Bookstore
Event location: Mount Airy Middle School
102 W Watersville Rd.
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Saturday, September 2, 2017
11:15 AM – 11:40 AM Presentation
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Book Signing
Hosted by the National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place NW,
Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Hosted by Indigo and Scholastic Canada
Event location: Meadowvale Theatre
6315 Montevideo Rd
Mississauga, ON L5N 4G7
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Hosted by An Unlikely Story
111 South Street
Plainville, MA 02762
Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:30 PM
Co-hosted by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures and Mystery Lovers Bookshop
Event location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
440 Forbes Ave.
Pitsburgh, PA 15213
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Hosted by Second Star to the Right Children’s Books
Event location: Elitch Theater
4655 W. 37th Ave.
Denver, CO 8012
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Hosted by Bookshop Santa Cruz and co-sponsored by The Santa Cruz Warriors
Event location: Kaiser Permanente Arena
140 Front St.
Santa Cruz CA 95060
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 PM
Hosted by The Reading Bug
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM
Co-hosted by Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and Copperfield’s
2301 Hardies Ln.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Hosted by Children’s Bookworld
Dav Pilkey with special guests Jamie Lee Curtis and “Weird Al” Yankovic
Event location: Aero Theater
1328 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90403