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Dog Man
OverDrive Inc.  Ebook

George and Harold create a new comic book hero in Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, who faces off against his archnemesis Petey the cat. - (Baker & Taylor)

George and Harold have created a new breed of justice. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?

Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self. - (Scholastic)

From worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey comes Dog Man, the canine cop who's part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! - (Scholastic)

Author Biography

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.

In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won. He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in 1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy.

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children's, and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung Fu Cavemen from the Future and Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, both USA Today bestsellers. The unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids.

His stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted. Dav loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.

- (Scholastic)

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Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* A policeman and his police dog fail to defuse a bomb, and the ensuing explosion kills the officer's head and the dog's body. The solution? Graft the dog's head onto the man's body to create the "world's greatest cop." Dog Man upends a plot to replace the police chief with an evil robot, saves the city when a gangster cat erases words from all the books, turning everyone hopelessly stupid, and stands up to a revolutionary army of hot dogs. If this all sounds like it springs from the mind of an unhinged first grader, that is, in fact, the central conceit. From the doodle-scratch art and jumbled panel borders to crossed-out words with simulated grammar and spelling lapses to the generous helpings of potty humor, the book feels like a frantic message of delirious imagination from one child to another. In truth, it's the work of Pilkey who, in the relentless style of his own Captain Underpants series, has again fired an arrow of joy straight at the fevered childhood psyche of millions of readers. And as with the good captain, this will prove a groaning burden for many adults and an utter, unfettered delight for kids. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews

Criminal feline Petey's past comes back to haunt him as three former chums seek revenge employing a giant robot. Petey's mini-clone, Li'l Petey, wants to help his "papa," and his own pals 80-HD, the robot, and Dog Man, the greatest cop in the world, leap into action. Here is a book engineered to render sheer joy in the hearts of young readers. The doodle-scratch art, simulating a child's own frantic hand, is familiar and friendly but also robustly expressive. Authority figures are relentlessly undermined with a steady barrage of trickery and poop jokes, while child surrogates like Li'l Petey and Dog Man are dismissed only to prove themselves in the end through bravery and perseverance. Themes of family and friendship connections underpin the zaniness powerfully, without interfering in the easy flow of madcap high jinks. Perhaps most significant is criminal Petey's struggle to reform himself, strengthened by the love and devotion of his son, who poignantly elucidates why, in the face of all the world's unfairness, we should still try to be good. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

Color by Jose Garibaldi. In Pilkey's latest cartoon-style graphic novel for young and reluctant readers, George and Harold turn to William Golding's Lord of the Flies in a frenetic existential exploration of goodness. Delving into his past, Petey (Dog Man's feline nemesis) reveals the root of his evil: childhood betrayal; meanwhile, clone Li'l Petey balances the nonstop action with innocent wisdom, probing questions (the constant why?), and silly-terrible knock-knock jokes. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews

Confession proves good for the soul of Petey, "world's most evilest cat," when past misdeeds rear up to threaten him and his saintly clone, L'il Petey. Adding in a free-wheeling mix of literary references, moral disquisitions, and stupid knock-knock jokes, Pilkey once again has superheroes and kaiju mix it up in squared-off panels of simply drawn, action-oriented cartoons. Here, the arrival of a giant robot brontosaurus driven by the vengeful Fuzzy Little Evil Animal Squad—"We're not crooks! We're megalomaniacs!"—pitches Petey and his annoyingly peace-loving mini-me into a rolling fight/flight. Naturally, "Supa Buddies" Dog Man (as "The Bark Knight"), robotic sidekick 80-HD, and, to diversify the otherwise all-animal cast, some previously introduced human regulars, dive into the fracas, and Flip-O-Rama sequences ensue. The FLEAS receive proper comeuppance (comedownance?) thanks to a handy shrink ray, and then it's time for a dose of wisdom in the form of a dialogu e between Petey and Li'l Petey: "If you're good, nobody cares!!!" "Ya gotta be good anyway, Papa!" "If you're kind, people just think you're weak!" "Ya gotta be kind anyway, Papa!" Following a promise of more such "maturishness and deepality" to come, the author closes with his customary drawing lessons, plus plugs for the benefits of reading aloud to pets. Actually, along with laffs aplenty, a fair quantity of "maturishness and deepality" for biguns and littluns alike. (source notes) (Graphic science fiction. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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