Book review: Dog Man Unleashed, by Dav Pilkey

Pilkey, Dav. Dog Man Unleashed. (Dog Man series, #2) Scholastic, 2017. $9.99. ISBN 9780545935203. 220 pages. Ages 7-11. P9 Q9

This graphic novel features a half man and half police dog who solves crimes. Written in a simple child-like format, the story is fun and easy to follow.  Kids love the humor and silliness of the character and the graphic book format.  Throughout the book Flip-O-Rama pages allow a reader to go between pages to make the pictures appear animated.  A “How to Draw” the characters section is included at the end of the book for readers to learn to draw on their own.  Also, the last pages promote an app and other novels by Dav Pilkey.

Verdict: It is a favorite of children as it is written in a child- (4-5th grader writing) and cartoon-like fashion.  The ridiculousness makes the humor understandable to even the young readers and a fun book to have in your library.

May 2017 review by Deborah Gwynn.


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