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Friday, January 18, 2019

Dog Man in the Slammer! Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey

"Wazzup, Rovers? It's your old pals, George and Harold. We're fifth graders now, so we're totally mature."

"And deep." said Harold.

Said George, "As a very wise man once said, ... "Enlightenment is not merely volition... but duty!"

"Snork!" snorted Harold.

"What?" asked George.

"You said 'Butt doodie,'" snickers Harold.

The very mature and deep co-authors have been delving deeply into classic American literature--The Call of the Wild-- and have written a new adventure tale of their super hero and dog + man hybrid Dog Man in what they modestly call "another Epic of Ginormous Ginormity!!!" That miracle of modern medicine, the caped crusader Dog Man (head of canine, body of policeman), along with his cute kitty sidekick Little Petey and cyborgian robot 80-HD are off in another adventure to foil master criminal (and Little Petey's Dada) Petey, currently residing in the Cat Jail (not to be confused with the Dog Jail) a penal institution not of his choosing.

Despite the pleas and riddles of Little Petey to reform big Petey, he escapes with all twenty complementary tickets to the premier of the new DOG MAN MOVIE. But Little Petey's pleas prevail and big Petey at last steers his latest diabolical creation--a giant robotic bee--in the denouement chapter, THE GREAT CAT'S BEE, in which Dog Man defeats the Great Claymation monster, saves the world and all that, and... well, you get the idea.

It's Book 6 of that master of silly lit, Dav Pilkey's Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man 6) (Scholastic, 2018), published on Christmas Eve and already topping the best-seller list in another graphic comic novel in the Captain Underpants series. With dada-esque absurdity, flip-page animation, insightful chapter headings like "Even More Stuff Happens," and an appendix of Pilkeyan drawing lessons, the latest Dog Man saga has won starred reviews and lots of sales for his many middle reader fans.

For more unmuzzled goofiness, other punny titles in this series include Dog Man, Dog Man Unleashed: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man 2), Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man 3), Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man 4), and Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man 5).

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