Yesterday, my 7-year-old son begged me to let him cut school because he wanted to come with me to my shoot. And guess what…I actually let him. At first I was filled with guilt, feeling like I was setting a bad example for him. What kind of mother am I??? But as soon as he proclaimed, “This is the best day in my whole life! I’m inspired to be a writer!” I suddenly didn’t feel so bad for letting him miss a morning of school. That day, he met his most favorite author, Dav Pilkey, whose books you’ve probably seen before if you too have a 7-ish year old child. My son was able to talk to Dav, take photos with him, and got a special autograph. And that kind of thing doesn’t happen every day.
This all came about when I was invited to photograph a super secret event at Allen Elementary School in San Bruno. Even I didn’t know what or who I was photographing until the day before. They just told me it would be BIG!
They weren’t kidding! Everyone was excited. These super cute kids had Captain Underpants Capes on and waited in front to welcome him.
After greeting each child, he was led through the school to the multi-use room.
Before the entire school filled into the room, Dav spent a few minutes creating a gift for the school.
He spend a lot of time talking and getting to know each person and signing autographs.
He also enjoyed looking at all the children’s artwork displayed throughout the room. He got a kick out of the Flip-o-Ramas made by the 4th graders. If you don’t know what Dav’s world famous Flip-o-Rama is, you can check out Dav’s youtube tutorial here.
Once the kids arrived in the room, the energy was amazing! Here’s the kids welcoming Dav with the sign for clapping.
Everyone was so excited, especially this cutie.
Dav’s speech was so awesome. He was truthful, very funny and so inspiring. He began by telling the kids he had a happy childhood. When he started school, he began having trouble paying attention and would always get in trouble. It turned out he had ADHD, dyslexia, and behavioral problems that made learning difficult for him. His teacher would always send him out of the classroom to go sit in the hallway. He was sent to the hallway A LOT. Alone in the hallway is where he started drawing comics. He created a character called Captain Underpants and wrote funny stories about him. When he would show his friends, they thought it was hilarious and it encouraged him to keep writing. One day, his teacher found his comics and told him, “You better stop goofing off because you can’t spend the rest of your life making silly books!” So much for that advice…
One of the surprises that Dav gave to each and every kid was an autographed copy of his newest book, Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks‑A‑Lot. This little guy’s expression says it all.
Another awesome surprise for the kids was the chance for each kid to choose any book they wanted from the book fair and it would be paid for by Mr. Pilkey.
He gave Hi-Fives to all the kids!
Thank you Dav for encouraging all the kids to keep reading, for making them laugh, and giving them a day they’ll remember forever. I know my son will.
If your child is a huge fan of Dav Pilkey’s books like mine, and you don’t want to miss his signing event tomorrow, Saturday, Oct 17th at Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St, San Francisco, CA.