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1.0 out of 5 starsTerrible option for developing readers
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
All of these books are filled with low-grade bathroom humor, poor grammar and vocabulary, and confusing use of letter capitalization that undermines what a child should be learning in school. If you want to dumb down your child, these will do the trick.
I have a HUGE Dav Pilkey fan. This book lit up his world. I would say this is 2nd grade reading level but I'll continue to buy every Dav Pilkey book as long as he puts new ones out. If you're unfamiliar with this series it is much like the Cpatain Underpants series and more comic style than chapter book. These books are amazing at engaging young readers!
My seven year old son doesn't hate reading, but there are almost always other things he'd rather be doing than reading. He finished this book in three days. I've never seen him so focused on a book. I don't necessarily like these comic book type books (there are also some words in the book that we don't use - like "idiot" and "stupid"), but if it gets him to learn to love reading, then I'm all for it.
These are great books for 7-12 year olds! Impish (clean) humor and imagination, exhuberant energy. Dave is a master at engaging this age group...and bigger kids who wish Dave was publishing when we were in school... A step above Captain Underpants, the Dogman series are mirthful parodies of classic literature and media too many teachers render into bone dry tedious requirements. Every kid forced to sit in a chair for 8 hours every day (and their parents as well, lol) will appreciate these updated retellings and, when paired with the classics themselves, there’s a far higher likelihood the plot and “required” aspects will be remembered long after the books have been shelved. Humor works!
After purchasing the series, my child was upgraded three reading levels, as the common core reading lessons weren't challenging enough. I recommend this book to any Mother and or Father who not only wants to heighten their child's reading ability, but also prepare them for comic books as well!
My 6 year old son loves the dogman series! and his twin sister is reading them too now. Great book for kids who may be disinterested in reading. The books are comic like style, and spot on 6 year old boy potty humor. These books got him interested in the characters (excuse me, writers George and Harold) which created an interest in reading more about them, so I bought the Captain Underpants series (13 books so far). He has devoured all of them in just a couple of months. These CU books series is more chapter style writing with pictures on most pages to keep them engaged. Thank you, Dave Pilkey for fostering a passion for reading in my son!!
Both of my sons, ages 7 and age, love this book and its previous 3 books in this series. They've read them over and over, at least 3 times. They cannot wait to take them to school after the winter break.
My son devoured this book. Dave Pilkey has really given my son a joy and excitement for reading. He picks up on the nuances life-lessons peppered throughout perfectly age-appropriate humor. He read it through the day we got it and has probably read it another three times.