The Bookseller – Rights – Scholastic Unveils Dav Pilkey’s 11th Dog Man Book

Scholastic snapped Dog Man: Twenty Thousand Fleas Under the Seathe 11th installment in the bestselling series by graphic novelist Dav Pilkey.

Scholastic Trade president Ellie Berger struck a deal for world rights with Amy Berkower at Writers House. The book will be published simultaneously in the UK, Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand and across Asia on March 28, 2023.

Twenty thousand fleas under the sea follows Maternity Heights, a bestseller in the UK and Ireland and the best-selling book in the US in 2021, with more than two million copies sold to date in the US alone, the publisher said. In just over five years since launch, the publisher claims that more than 50 million copies of the Dog Man books are in print with translations into 42 languages. DreamWorks Animation is currently developing a film adaptation of the series.

Pilkey, who is also the creator of series such as Captain Underpants and Cat Kid Comic Club, has sold 4.8 million books in the UK for £28 million through Nielsen BookScan, with The Adventures of Captain Underpants his bestseller, selling 274,047 copies for the 2000 paperback. dog man was the best-selling £1 fiction title for World Book Day in 2020, and Pilkey was the UK’s best-selling graphic novelist of 2021.

“I am humbled and grateful to do what I love for a living,” he said. “Since the pandemic started, I’ve been inspired to create even more stories and learn and grow as an artist – from experimenting with different media to create comics with photography, poetry and calligraphy, to hand-building character models and sets, and exploring different themes and storylines. I hope my books stimulate creativity and imagination and instill a lifelong love of reading.”

To celebrate Pilkey’s success, children’s educational publisher Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club is launching a global online platform for kids to create their own comics.

The platform opens with a post from Pilkey encouraging kids to have fun creating comics on a site where they can upload their stories in a moderated environment. The online hub includes free monthly downloadable activities, including comic launchers, customizable official membership cards, collectible character badges, previews, and exclusive book news.

Captain Underpants will soon be celebrating its 25th anniversary and Scholastic will publish a special anniversary edition of the first Captain Underpants book on March 7, 2023. The Adventures of Captain Underpants will feature an additional 32-page new comic strip “mash-up” starring Dog Man and Captain Underpants in a new story.

“Dav is one of the most inspiring and creative storytellers of this generation and the anticipation and demand for his books has been extraordinary,” Berger said. “With the launch of Dav Pilkey’s Epic Comic Club, we can’t wait to see kids come alive in their own comics.”

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