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Dog Man: A Graphic Novel (Dog Man #1): From the Creator of Captain Underpants Kindle & comiXology
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.
From School Library Journal
"Irresistible." -- "Entertainment Weekly"
"Call Pilkey... the savior of the 'reluctant reader.'" -- "USA Today"
"So appealing that youngsters won't notice that their vocabulary is stretching." -- "School Library Journal"
"Pilkey's sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers." -- Parents' Choice Foundation
"Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action." -- "Booklist"
"Celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted." -- The Educational Book and Media Association --This text refers to the library edition.
- ASIN : B01B3DBA4C
- Publisher : Graphix (August 30, 2016)
- Publication date : August 30, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 691615 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 240 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,865 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The books have vibrant colors, and yes my son loves to read them, but I don't really love when he reads it a loud to me and there is a poop comment every time. I have to admit he loves to check the last pages and try to draw the characters.
By Lilmama on December 31, 2020
The negative reviews harping on the way the author makes light of violence in this book (e.g. the bombing by villian/cat, Petey) is ridiculous. Every child's comic book hero is created by some violent act (do you remember Batman? Spiderman? Ironman?), but in this book, the author chooses to focus on the humor and ridiculousness of the hero, a Dogman, rather than the horror of the world in which he lives. Later books in the series build on previous plots. It's smarter than it seems.
My six-year-old child thought this book was hilarious, and she's now read the entire series multiple times. If you're looking for a way to pry a child away from a television screen on a rainy day, here it is.
That said, the learning "benefits" of the books in this series pale in comparison with the natural, yet accurate, not-vulgar, correctly-spelled, and often useful vocabulary in the conversations in all the Calvin and Hobbes books. Nevertheless, no matter how good and nutritious a food may be, if a person doesn't enjoy eating it and won't eat much, it won't help him, right? So I am grateful just to have something that a reluctant ESL pupil enjoys reading! For that purpose, fortunately or unfortunately, it is the books in this series that fill the bill. This was not our first, and we will probably be buying and reading more of them.
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Obviously with a comic-style book there aren't many words to the page and there are lots of short phrases or single words/sounds rather than full sentences, which goes with the style (the language is very American). I expect they are brilliantly useful for encouraging reluctant readers - it must be a massive boost for a child to see how many pages s/he has read and enjoyed - and if getting your child reading is your top priority, then these will be a great choice.
But for a child who is not particularly reluctant, I struggle with the idea of allowing them to read too many. What bothers me is that there are deliberate spelling and grammar mistakes ("supa", "more worser" etc.). I expect this is meant to be part of the fun, but I am not sure it is fun for a reader who doesn't yet know which version is correct. This must just be confusing for readers still learning correct spelling and syntax. Am I taking this too seriously? No, I don't think so, because readers of these books are at such a very important developmental stage. Reading books full of deliberate mistakes is bound to undermine both their learning and their understanding that things like grammar and spelling actually matter and are worth getting right. Such a shame!
Anything that gets my children excited about reading gets a thumbs up for me, even if it’s not always grammatically correct. Who cares? They are reading!!
Next dogman book is on their lists to Santa!
Finally found something that keeps his attention.