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Dog Man 6: Brawl of the Wild Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 December 2018
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- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1338236571
- ISBN-13 : 978-1338236576
- Reading age : 6 - 9 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Everyone Digs Dog Man!
* High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* Riotously funny and original. -- School Library Journal, starred review
* An utter, unfettered delight. -- Booklist, starred review
* Readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* Action-oriented cartoons... Laffs aplenty. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants.
In college, Dav met a teacher who encouraged him to illustrate and write. He won a national competition in 1986 and the prize was the publication of his first book, World War Won. He made many other books before being awarded the 1998 California Young Reader Medal for Dog Breath, which was published in 1994, and in 1997 he won the Caldecott Honor for The Paperboy.
The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, published in 2002, was the first complete graphic novel spin-off from the Captain Underpants series and appeared at #6 on the USA Today bestseller list for all books, both adult and children's, and was also a New York Times bestseller. It was followed by Super Diaper Baby 2: The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers, also a USA Today bestseller. The unconventional style of these graphic novels is intended to encourage uninhibited creativity in kids.
His stories are semi-autobiographical and explore universal themes that celebrate friendship, tolerance, and the triumph of the good-hearted.
Dav loves to kayak in the Pacific Northwest with his wife.
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What I found is that there isn’t anything too mysterious about its appeal. A mix of sympathetic characters, gross-out scenes and a bland but well-meaning moral seem to be the formula for its success. The emphasis on bodily humor will probably make the book more suitable for a boy than a girl.
But perhaps a review by a child would be more apt than a forty-something’s opinion. He thought it was good but not great. Dog Man is a good choice if you are looking for a book that your pre-teen will read without having to apply any pressure. But don’t expect anything too substantial in the text.
Pace the generalization of the book as being intent for children, this book is inclusive of literature, philosophy, philosophy, and sociology contextualized in the story and delineated in the characters without gravitas of the academia. Take Dog Man, who finds himself estranged from his colleagues at his police station except his boss, Chief. Dog Man cannot talk for the reason because he’s a dog with a human body used to belong to his K-9 policeman killed in action. As the title "The Brawl of the Wild" adumbrates, Dog Man is in a way reminiscent of Buck, the sled dog in Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild that comes to term with his fate and even reconciliation with a treacherous human in the person of Thornton. Then there are Petey, who is supposedly a sinister jailbird, but in fact softy inside, his cute young son Li’l Petey, who never gives up on his jail- bound father Petey in his joint collaboration with Dog Man in rescue operation of the city, and stern but benevolent Chief, who seems to defend Dog Man against unjust and unfair treatments from his fellow policeman/policewomen and the pompous judge. Wisecraking and heartwarming, hilarious and sentimental, intelligent and vivacious, each of the chapters is smoothly linked to the next one with amusing in-between intermissions that deserves of the separate theaters of appreciation.
The book is an enjoyable parade of laugh and compassion wrapped up in delightful amusement of vivid colors and elegant dialogues, which can be made possible by an insightful and observant author who stands with the reader and sees hope and goodness mired in the despair of hopelessness and powerlessness at the heart of humanity. I recommend this book to all who want to spend their time reading something jovial and funny after a long hard day or just to fill their minds and hearts with a fresh breath of air. This is a scintillating read that evokes a wide arc of thoughtfulness and imagination in the minds of readers both young and old, and the young at heart.
My 6yo is not a confident reader. He’s great at reading but doesn’t seem to trust his own abilities. Something really clicked with him a week ago and this kiddo binge read all 5 Dog Man books so he would be caught up for #6.
I love how these books spark a love of reading and a lot of laughs.