'Captain Underpants' author speaks to kids at USM book festival

'Captain Underpants' author speaks to kids at USM book festival

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Famed children's book author Dav Pilkey spoke to about 2,000 children at Reed Green Coliseum on Wednesday during the first day of the annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. 

Pilkey, author of the award-winning and best-selling series "Captain Underpants" and "Dog Man," drew cartoons for the children and spoke about characters in his books. 

Each child who attended got a free "Dog Man," among other gifts. 

Pilkey is the 2018 recipient of the Southern Miss Medallion, the book festival's top award. 

The festival wraps up on Friday.