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Mar 16 2017

Dogman unleashed by Dav Pilkey

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Dogman series bk 2. Scholastic, 2017. ISBN 9780545935203
(Age: 7+) Dog Man unleashed is Dav Pilkey's second book in the amusing, comic Dog Man series from the author of Captain Underpants. Colourful cartoon scenes fill the pages, as Dogman steps up to save the day. He is an unusual character, with a cop's body and the transplanted head of Greg the dog. He never speaks, but he communicates with his funny actions, and he loves dead fish, squeaky balls and enjoys visiting Penny's Pet Store. Pilkey's book includes grammatical errors, crossed out words and intentional misspellings, deliberately made to look like a fourth grade student was the author. As he has done previously, there are drawing lessons and Cheesy Animation Technology - Flip-O-Ramas included.
Dogman comes up against three villains in this zany story. The Police Chief has a birthday and the hero's purchase of Flippy the fish from the pet shop sets up all the problems of the book. Petey the cat returns to be a 'supa' baddie, his inventive way of escaping from jail is very entertaining and it unfortunately creates another more evil character - Flat Petey, a paper cat with a dastardly magical spray. Dogman swings from buildings, speeds down snow covered mountains and uses creative solutions to foil the villains' plans; he depends on his team to help him save the day.
Dogman unleashed is a great book for reluctant readers, for Pilkey fans and for readers who enjoy comic books.
Rhyllis Bignell

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