For the first time ever, Dog Man creator Dav Pilkey toured Asia—with stops in Shanghai, Singapore, and Mumbai. His trip, which took place from November 14 to 21, was part of Pilkey’s “Do Good” global campaign, which aims to highlight the many ways books inspire, and how readers around the world can give back and help others make a positive impact. We’ve gathered some highlights from the events; all photos courtesy of Scholastic.
Pilkey (center) celebrates the launch of the Simplified Chinese editions of the first five volumes in his Dog Man series at the China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair with a Dog Man costumed character and Wu Xinyuan, president of Post Wave Publishing Company, the Chinese publisher of Dog Man.
Getting ready for his Main Stage appearance at CCBF.
Young fans familiar with Pilkey’s Captain Underpants books have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the Dog Man series in China.
Students at the Shanghai United International School don masks of the popular characters in the Dog Man series to welcome Pilkey.
Signing a copy of Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls for a reader at Shanghai’s Crystal Plaza Mall.
Pilkey interacts with an enthusiastic audience at an event hosted by the National Library Board of Singapore.
The author shared stories about his childhood growing up with ADHD and dyslexia, and talked about how he turned these challenges into something good with the support and encouragement of his mother.
The Dog Man costumed character received plenty of hugs.
Children listen to stories about the universal themes in Pilkey’s Dog Man books, including empathy and the importance of doing good.
Scholastic Asia collaborated with the Singapore Book Council to host an event at the Arts House in honor of Pilkey and local graphic novel authors and artists. Pictured (from l.): Frank Wong (president of Scholastic Asia), Pilkey, and Carlo Pena (program director of the Singapore Book Council).
A drawing/hand-lettering of Dog Man and Li’l Petey characters greeted fans at the Mumbai Royal Opera House.
Each of the children attending the Mumbai Royal Opera House event received a “Reading Gives You Superpowers” superhero cape.
Autographing books outside the Royal Opera House.
Thousands of students came to listen to Pilkey during his two-day event at the Royal Opera House. In India, where Scholastic has been operating for 21 years and organizing an average of 4,000 pop-up book fairs at schools each year, its reputation and brand name among teachers, parents, and students have created many bestsellers, including Pilkey’s series.