Bookmakers have been stunned by a massive betting plunge that has seen Dav Pilkey become the new favourite for this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature.
The 47 year old American author is perhaps best known for his Captain Underpants series of children’s books and for the invention of Flip-O-Rama.
Bookmaking giant Tom Waterhouse says that the weight of money for Pilkey is unprecedented, easily eclipsing the thousands of dollars his company takes each year from punters wanting to back Bob Dylan to win the US$1m literature prize.
“When we opened our Nobel market, Dav Pilkey wasn’t even listed. Then we took a bet at 666-1 and it was like the irresistible aroma of barbecue sauce in Pilkey’s book, Dogzilla. The punters suddenly turned into crazy dogs and the money kept coming and coming. We now have Pilkey as 6-1 favourite, just ahead of Dylan at 7-1 and Haruki Murakami at 10-1.”
Waterhouse says that bookmakers are likely to pay out millions if Pilkey is announced as the winner in October.
“Us bookies are going to get very badly burnt. It’s scary, really. Let’s face it, the Nobel committee have come up with some pretty out there winners in recent years, like Herta Müller and Tomas Tranströmer. I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much between now and October.”
Blogger and Twitter literature critic, Amandah Mann, strongly supports the Pilkey push.
“There have been whispers coming out of Sweden that the Nobel committee wants to recognise forms of literature other than boring stuff that no one reads. Dav Pilkey would be an inspired choice because of the way his work intersects with prose literature, the graphic novel and traditional bodily humour.”
But according to Ms Mann, there is an even more compelling reason why Pilkey should be this year’s Nobel laureate.
“Dav Pilkey should win the Nobel because he rocks! I defy any literary critic to read the passage in Super Diaper Baby where Deputy Dangerous turns into a giant poo and not laugh their head off.”