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About the Author
In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to write and illustrate for kids. He took her advice and created his first book, World War Won, which won a national competition in 1986. Dav made many other books before being awarded the California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath (1994) and the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy (1996).
In 2002, Dav published his first full-length graphic novel for kids, called The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby. It was both a USA Today and New York Times bestseller. Since then, he has published more than a dozen full-length graphic novels for kids, including the bestselling Dog Man and Cat Kid Comic Club series.
Dav's stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, empathy, and the triumph of the good-hearted.
When he is not making books for kids, Dav loves to kayak with his wife in the Pacific Northwest.Dan Santat wrote and illustrated the graphic novel Sidekicks, and has also illustrated many acclaimed picture books, including The Guild of Geniuses and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, which won the Caldecott Medal. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his family. Visit his website at dantat.com.
Read an Excerpt
From RICKY RICOTTA'S MIGHTY ROBOT VS. THE STUPID STINKBUGS FROM SATURN #6Ricky and his Mighty Robot flew into the backyard.There was Lucy, having a tea party with her pets."Wow!" cried Ricky. "Look how big your Jurassic Jackrabbits got!""They like to eat," said Lucy. "So I named them Fudgie, Cupcake, and Waffles."Ricky rolled his eyes."Let's play princess!" Lucy said."No way!" said Ricky."Oh, come on," Lucy begged. "I'll be the beautiful princess, and you can be the ugly prince. Fudgie, Cupcake, and Waffles will be our royal ponies, and your Robot can be the big, brave knight.""What part of 'no way' don't you understand?" asked Ricky."Now boys," said Ricky's father, "I want you to play nicely with Lucy.""Rats!" said Ricky. "This is turning out to be a very bad day."But what Ricky didn't know was that things were about to get much, much worse, much worse.