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Dog Man

Dog ManWritten by: Dav Pilkey
Illustrated by: Dav Pilkey
Publisher: Graphix
Format: Hardcover, 6 x 9, 240 pages, Full Color, $9.99
ISBN: 978-0-54558-160-8

Reviewed by: Diamond BookShelf

Dav Pilkey, creator of the Captain Underpants series of kids graphic novels, unleashes his newest creation on readers in Dog Man, a new comic series about a police officer who happens to be half man and half dog.

Spinning out of Pilkey's signature series, Dog Man is ostensibly a comic by George and Harold, the fourth graders who created Captain Underpants. In their comic, a police officer and his canine companion are blown up by the evil Petey the Cat and, in proper childhood logic, the doctors put the dog’s head on the cop's body so they can still fight crime. What follows is a series of short stories in which Dog Man must stop giant vacuum cleaners, evil robots, and living hot dogs, while trying not to run afoul of the short-tempered police chief.

Pilkey has made a name for himself by making comics that adeptly capture the fun, free-associative qualities of childhood creation, and Dog Man proves to be another joyous addition to his works. With art the looks like it was done by a young kid (although with a lot of polish), the book both appeals to young readers and, intentionally, shows them that they can make their own comics.

Funny, goofy, and full of unexpected twists and turns, Dog Man is a recommended read for younger readers, or for those who enjoy a fun and offbeat story.