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What is Dav Pilkey's net worth? Spin-off book pulled by Scholastic

Kate Fowler March 29, 2021
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What is Dav Pilkey’s net worth? Fans of the Captain Underpants author have been curious about his personal life, after one of his books was pulled by the publisher.

He may be loved for his Captain Underpants series, but it’s his work, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, that has people’s attention now. Scholastic, the book’s publisher, released a statement confirming that the graphic novel was to be pulled from shelves and libraries.

“Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism. We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake,” the statement read.

“Scholastic has removed the book from our websites, stopped fulfilment of any orders (domestically or abroad), contacted our retail partners to explain why this book is no longer available, and sought a return of all inventory. 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 author also released an apology letter on YouTube for the “passively racist imagery” in the book which follows the plot of two characters saving a “Kung-Fu master”.

Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

Who is Dav Pilkey?

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, 55-year-old Dav Pilkey is best-known for his work as an author of children’s books.

Undoubtedly, his Captain Underpants series, which debuted in 1997, is his most recognised work. The books were even turned into a 2017 film named Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie.

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A number of spin-off books came after, including the now-pulled The Adventures of Ook and Gluk and The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby.

  • Did you know: His real name is Dave, but while working at Pizza Hut the ‘e’ was missed from his name tag. He then decided Dav would be his pen name.
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Dav Pilkey’s net worth

It’s impossible for us to know exactly how heavy the famous author’s wallet is.

However, Wealthy Persons estimates Dav Pilkey’s net worth to be around $50 million as of March 2021, as he has sold over 80 milllion copies of Captain Underpants alone.

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Kate is a fashion journalism graduate from London College of Fashion with an untouchable knowledge of pop culture. Her eye for the strange corners of the internet have resulted to huge-hitting articles while she has also written features for Vice. The solar system might make your world go round, but writing about the internet, music and celebrities has Kate in orbit.