When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he suffered from ADHD, reading challenges, and behavioral problems. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Dav loved to draw and make up stories, so he spent this time creating his own original comic books.
In second grade, Dav created a comic book about a superhero named Captain Underpants. His teacher ripped it up and told him he couldn’t spend the rest of his life making silly books. Dav was not a very good listener though. He went on to create Ricky Ricotta, a little mouse with BIG problems! Every day he is picked on by the neighborhood bullies. He lives in Squeakyville with his mother and father, and being an only mouse, he is often lonely, until a giant flying robot enters his life. Together, Ricky and his Robot go on adventures to save the planet and defeat the bad guys.
My little man can relate to Dav in many ways. Having ADHD he tends to struggle in school a little, he can be disruptive, he is an easy target for other kids at times, and his actions often result in notes or phone calls home to me. But, he is also a wonderful little boy with a big imagination, who with a supportive network around him is making big strides in the right direction.