Thursday, August 12, 2021

Review of "Dog Man and Cat Kid" by Dav Pilkey

 Review of

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey ISBN 9780545935180

Five out of five stars

Unusual in that a classic novel is mentioned in a graphic novel

 The opening premise is that when a male cop and a police dog are injured in an explosion, the body of the dog and the head of the cop are destroyed. In an unusual attempt to salvage something, the head of the dog is grafted onto the body of the cop. Hence is born Dog Man. More dog than man or cop, he also is a crime fighter known as Barkman.

 In this story, which opens with a mention of the Steinbeck classic, “East of Eden,” Dogman acquires a sidekick called Cat Kid. He is the clone of the evil Petey, an adult cat that plays the role of the villain. The story is disjointed, yet understandable, and excellent graphic novel for the late elementary school reader.

 Because the events are so incongruous and follow no real plot of sequential events, while the humor is juvenile, it also appeals to adults. It was a fun book to read, it takes little time and is a specific example of light reading.

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