Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls– Dav Pilkey

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls– Dav Pilkey, graphix/Scholastic, (9781338236590), 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: graphic/ humor /fantasy

 What did you like about the book? The seventh Dog Man story is as good as might be expected.  Because Dog Man responds to situations as a dog, i.e. always must chase a ball, L’il Petey and 80-HD train Dog Man to focus, to think before he acts.  Big Petey is released from jail and fetches L’il Petey to live with him which is disappointing to Dog Man, 80-HD and L’il Petey.  But they adapt.  A new villain appears in addition to Piggy, Bub and Krunky: Dr. Scum.  While Big and L’il Petey are creating a new robot, The Robo-Rat 2000, Dr. Scum has also invented The Bad Burgle Balls (balls and Dog Man?) and the Colossal Bot 2000.  Soon it is good vs. evil as each robot battle another.  An added interest is L’il Petey reuniting his Dad with his grandfather…

Dav Pilkey’s brightly-colored signature illustrations along with Flip-o-Ramas and How to draw the characters are all here – as one waits for the next adventure of Dog Man.

Anything you did not like about the book.  Not a thing.

 To whom would you recommend this book? To those who read the first six books and have been waiting and waiting for this one, also to fans of Captain Underpants.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries and fans at home.

Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? It is a must for Dog Man fans.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 9/1/2019


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