Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Graphic novel/ Fantasy/ Humor
What did you like about the book? How does Dav Pilkey do it – making each successive Dog Man story even better than the last? Is it because the characters keep evolving and growing? In this story, the villains are the Fair Fairy, fired from her unsuccessful television show, and Petey’s father who manages to escape from jail by tricking Petey and Li’l Petey. Dog Man has been entrusted to collect all the cans of Supa Brain Dots from store shelves after it has been discovered that in addition to making one develop super psychokinetic brain powers, they also make one Supa Angry. Given Dog Man’s abilities the wagonload of brain dots (removed from their cans for recycling) roll down the hill and into the pond where they are eaten by the 22 tadpoles that have imprinted upon the now-evil Fair Fairy. Petey’s Grandpa is joining in on the evil deeds but Commander Cupcake will aid Petey along with Zuzu the poodle and Flippy the fish. Each character is fully-developed with Flippy and Zuzu taking starring roles in this one. Pilkey’s trademark illustrations, almost ridiculously original and funny, have been colored by Jose Garibaldi with color flatting by Aaron Polk.
Anything you did not like about the book? Absolutely not.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is the 8th Dog Man book in the series so anyone reading the others will want this one. This one could, however, be read on its own without having read the others.
Who should buy this book? All public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Graphic novels
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, especially if you are a fan of Dav Pilkey and the Dog Man books.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 12/12/2019