Writer Dav Pilkey says having dyslexia was a blessing

Author Dav Pilkey signing eight-year-old Tan Hsing Chih's book at The Arts House last Monday.
Author Dav Pilkey signing eight-year-old Tan Hsing Chih's book at The Arts House last Monday. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
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Being diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child helped best-selling author Dav Pilkey become a better writer.

"I think my dyslexia helps me to be a more effective writer. When people are writing, they're focused on the story, the plot and the emotions - which I am as well - but I'm also focused on the effort it takes to read," says the American author and illustrator of the popular Dog Man and Captain Underpants series for children.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 24, 2019, with the headline Writer Dav Pilkey says having dyslexia was a blessing. Subscribe