When a horrible accident requires a surgical intervention to combine the strong body of a police officer with the smart brain of his canine companion, they become Dog Man, a fearless cop who sometimes licks the police chief and gets distracted by loud whistles.
This graphic novel tells four short tales involving (mostly) the same characters, and this is the first in a series.
This is unlikely to be a book that changes anyone's mind about an important issue. It is, instead, a celebration of silly, with intentional misspellings, underwear jokes, and nonstop action, comic book style. This is one of those graphic novels that make parents say, "I wish you would read a real book." Graphic novels are definitely real reading, by the way. They offer insight into new perspectives, and reveal thoughtful details about the human condition - not this one, especially, but others do. The other thing graphic novels often do is make reading appealing to kids who haven't liked very many books yet, and that's invaluable. This book has that kind of appeal to lots and lots of readers.
At the risk of being too much like the humorless teacher described in the book, it's not my favorite series. The last story with the hot dogs that come alive and form a hot dog army and fail to be sufficiently intimidating - that was funny. The rest was kind of meh for me, but here's the thing: it's not supposed to be for me. And these books fly off the library shelves so consistently that when the books are returned in the summer, it is shocking to see how many we own, because we rarely have any available. This series is an undeniable hit with kids, much like Captain Underpants (by the same author) was before it. I prefer Kat Kong and Dogzilla, but it doesn't really matter; it's a gigantic commercial success. You may not have heard of it, but trust me - your elementary students have.
"That's not a gyro. That's Philly, our cheese steak mascot."
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