CHILDREN’s author Dav Pilkey has been writing since 1994.
The author is best known for his Captain Underpants graphic novel series, which won him “favorite children’s book author” award in 2016.
Who is Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey and why did he apologize?
Dav Pilkey, 55, is a children’s cartoonist and graphic novel author.
He is also an illustrator and the writer of the children’s graphic novel series Dog Man.
Pilkey has also written children’s novels in various pseudonyms such as George Beard, Harold Hutchins, and Sue Denim.
He is the author of The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, which was published in 2002, and was his first complete graphic novel.
The book appeared at number 6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children’s.
It was also a New York Times bestselling book for Children’s Middle Grade.
Pilkey is also the author of graphic novels: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future, and Cat Kid’s Comic Club, among others.
The author apologized for his series The Adventures of Ook and Gluk after saying that it promotes “passive racism.”
Pilkey said it “contains harmful racial stereotypes” and is “wrong and harmful to my Asian readers.”
What did Dav Pilkey say about the Captain Underpants spin-off?
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk is about a pair of friends who travel from 500,001 B.C. to 2222, where they meet a martial arts instructor who teaches them kung fu and principles found in Chinese philosophy.
Pilkey wrote in a statement: “I hope that you, my readers, will forgive me, and learn from my mistake that even unintentional and passive stereotypes and racism are harmful to everyone.
Adding: “I apologize, and I pledge to do better.”
The decision was prompted after a Change.org petition asking for an apology from the publisher and writer was started by a Korean-American father of two kids.
What did Dav Pilkey’s publisher say?
Pilkey’s publisher, Scholastic said it had stopped selling the book on its website, and that it had stopped processing all orders for the series.
“We will take steps to inform schools and libraries who may still have this title in circulation of our decision to withdraw it from publication,” the publisher said in a statement.
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Pilkey said that he planned to donate his advance and all royalties from the book sales to advocacy groups that work toward stopping violence against Asians and groups that promote diversity in children’s books.
The removal of Pilkey’s books comes after the estate of Dr Seuss said that six of his books would stop being published.
The estate claimed that the books contained depictions of groups that were “hurtful and wrong,” including Asian Americans.