DOG MAN: TWENTY THOUSAND FLEAS UNDER THE SEA by global bestselling author and illustrator Dav Pilkey will be published by Scholastic worldwide on March 28, 2023.
NEW YORK, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Readers and retailers rejoice! Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today announced that 2023 will be an important and exciting year for children and families everywhere with the release of a new graphic novel Dog Man. DOG MAN: TWENTY THOUSAND CHIPS UNDER THE SEA, the latest book in the critically acclaimed, global #1 selling series, will be released on March 28, 2023, simultaneously in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia . This eleventh installment in the series follows Dog Man: Mothering Heights which topped bestseller lists for children and adults, and was the world’s best-selling book of 2021, selling over 2 million copies to date in the United States alone. In just over five years since Dog Man launched to star-studded reviews, there are over 50 million copies of Dog Man books in print with translations into 42 languages. DreamWorks Animation is currently developing a film adaptation of Dog Man.
The phenomenal success of Dog Man has also helped propel the comics industry, and Dav Pilkey’s global dominance continues on November 29, 2022 with the release of Cat Kid Comic Club: Collaborations, the latest book in his best-selling Cat Kid Comic Club graphic novel series, a spinoff of Dog Man. With over 90 million copies in print to date, the Captain Underpants series will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary. To celebrate the milestone of Pilkey’s popular series widely credited with helping to create the illustrated children’s book category, Scholastic will release a special anniversary edition of the first Captain Underpants book on March 7, 2023. The Adventures of Captain Slip, with an all-new 32-page bonus comic mash-up featuring Dog Man and Captain Underpants, bringing together two iconic characters in one never-before-seen story.
In a statement, Caldecott Honoree Dav Pilkey said: “I am humbled and grateful to be doing what I love in life. Since the start of the pandemic I have been inspired to create even more stories and to learn and grow as an artist – from experimenting with various mediums to creating comics using photography, poetry and calligraphy, to the construction of character models and sets by hand, as well as exploring different themes and scenarios. I hope my books will foster creativity and imagination, and instill a lifelong love of reading.
To engage and unite its millions of fans worldwide, Scholastic also announced the official launch of Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, a new global online platform where children can create their own comics. COPPA Compliant Site, www.EpicComicClub.com, opens with a special message from Dav Pilkey encouraging children to have fun creating comics, and features a place where children can upload their stories in a safe and moderated environment, as well as an “Epic Comic Club Wall” to showcase their comedic creations. The online hub includes free monthly downloadable activities including comic book entries, customizable official membership cards, collectible character badges, special previews, exclusive book news, and more. The Epic Comic Club site will also serve as a destination for educators, booksellers, parents and caregivers around the world to access free resources, including tips on how to start their own Epic Comic Clubs at home, in bookstores, classrooms or libraries. Additionally, Scholastic has created a special section on its existing HomeBase platform (www.scholastic.com/homebase) as another portal where kids can submit their comics and access more games inspired by beloved characters from David Pilkey.
Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade, said, “Dav is one of the most inspiring and creative storytellers of this generation and the anticipation and high demand for his books has been overwhelming. With the launch of “Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club”, we can’t wait to see kids’ creativity and imagination come to life in their own comic books.
The Dog Man series follows the hilarious and heartwarming adventures of the “Supa Buddies”: Dog Man, a lovable canine superhero, and his friends Li’l Petey, a curious kitten who embodies love, optimism and hope , and 80-HD, a robot that expresses itself best through its art. With each Dog Man book, readers see the growth and development of main narrators George and Harold through their comics. Their illustrations, grammar, and spelling improve as the series progresses. The series explores universally positive messages, including empathy, kindness, and striving to become a better version of yourself, while also tackling more complex themes, including loss, forgiveness, and self-acceptance. All ten books in the Dog Man series released to date have landed the top spot on renowned bestseller lists. A stage adaptation inspired by the books, Dog Man: The Musical from TheaterWorksUSA, will resume touring across North America beginning in August 2022.
About David Pilkey
The publication of Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Sea marks 35 years of writing and illustrating award-winning and best-selling children’s books by Dav Pilkey. Her very first graphic novel, The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, was published in 2002, fourteen years before the release of the first Dog Man book. When Dav Pilkey was a child, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit in the hallway every day. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comics – the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to write and illustrate for children. He took her advice and created his first book, world war wonwhich won a national competition in 1986. Dav wrote many other books before receiving the California Young Reader Medal for dog’s breath (1994) and the Caldecott Honor for The Newspaper deliverer (1996). Dav’s stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, empathy and the triumph of the good heart. When he’s not making children’s books, Dav loves kayaking with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about Dav Pilkey and his books, visit http://mediaroom.scholastic.com/davpilkey.
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