Graphic Novel Review 143/365: Dog Man

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Title: Dog Man

Author(s): Dav Pilkey

Publisher: Scholastic Graphix (2016)

Age Rating: All Ages

When I was in high school, my friends would get to school early, and we’d either hang out by the band room with our band friends, or we’d hang out in the library.  Those times in the library yielded some amazing memories because my friend Mike and I would work on our “Library Patrol” comic…it was a terribly drawn comic about us being library cops putting a stop to the evil kids that would try their shenanigans in the library.  It was a ton of fun, and we would laugh way too much.  I’m very happy to have been in school before the inception of smart phones; we had to do some dumb stuff to keep busy.  I will find a copy of one of those old comics, and I will put it up here eventually.

Dog Man reminds my of those silly comics that me and Mike would make.  I think if you’ve ever created a comic as a kid, Dog Man will have a special place in your heart.  Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants gives us something special here.  Created when a cop and a police dog are in a terrible accident, and the dog’s head is sewn to the cop’s body (not kidding…but it’s so silly it’s not weird…OK it’s weird, but it’s not adult AT ALL), Dog Man is the captain face-licking super-cop that saves the city when it needs saving.  With a cat as the main antagonist, Dog Man hits all beats of a silly kids book with the art style of a talented ten-year-old.

Most def a kids book, parents and teachers will still have a blast reading it with kids.  The jokes are good.  Yes, there are silly puns and gags, but the book is well-timed; Dav Pilkey has a comedic timing that is rare for the comics medium, and I love it.  If you love dogs and humor and cops with the body of a man and the head of a dog, this fun, cute, action-packed book is for you.

Happy reading!

Eric

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