Lord of the Fleas
Lord of the Fleas

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Series: Dog Man Vol. 5   

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Annotation: A new bunch of baddies forces Dog Man and his sidekicks to join forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?
Catalog Number: #161546
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 251 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-93517-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1351-2
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-93517-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1351-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017963497
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Criminal feline Petey's past comes back to haunt him as three former chums seek revenge employing a giant robot. Petey's mini-clone, Li'l Petey, wants to help his "papa," and his own pals 80-HD, the robot, and Dog Man, the greatest cop in the world, leap into action. Here is a book engineered to render sheer joy in the hearts of young readers. The doodle-scratch art, simulating a child's own frantic hand, is familiar and friendly but also robustly expressive. Authority figures are relentlessly undermined with a steady barrage of trickery and poop jokes, while child surrogates like Li'l Petey and Dog Man are dismissed only to prove themselves in the end through bravery and perseverance. Themes of family and friendship connections underpin the zaniness powerfully, without interfering in the easy flow of madcap high jinks. Perhaps most significant is criminal Petey's struggle to reform himself, strengthened by the love and devotion of his son, who poignantly elucidates why, in the face of all the world's unfairness, we should still try to be good.
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Confession proves good for the soul of Petey, "world's most evilest cat," when past misdeeds rear up to threaten him and his saintly clone, L'il Petey.Adding in a free-wheeling mix of literary references, moral disquisitions, and stupid knock-knock jokes, Pilkey once again has superheroes and kaiju mix it up in squared-off panels of simply drawn, action-oriented cartoons. Here, the arrival of a giant robot brontosaurus driven by the vengeful Fuzzy Little Evil Animal Squad—"We're not crooks! We're megalomaniacs!"—pitches Petey and his annoyingly peace-loving mini-me into a rolling fight/flight. Naturally, "Supa Buddies" Dog Man (as "The Bark Knight"), robotic sidekick 80-HD, and, to diversify the otherwise all-animal cast, some previously introduced human regulars, dive into the fracas, and Flip-O-Rama sequences ensue. The FLEAS receive proper comeuppance (comedownance?) thanks to a handy shrink ray, and then it's time for a dose of wisdom in the form of a dialogue between Petey and Li'l Petey: "If you're good, nobody cares!!!" "Ya gotta be good anyway, Papa!" "If you're kind, people just think you're weak!" "Ya gotta be kind anyway, Papa!" Following a promise of more such "maturishness and deepality" to come, the author closes with his customary drawing lessons, plus plugs for the benefits of reading aloud to pets. Actually, along with laffs aplenty, a fair quantity of "maturishness and deepality" for biguns and littluns alike. (source notes) (Graphic science fiction. 7-10)
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ALA Booklist (2/1/18)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 5,099
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 197060 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.1 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q75174
Lexile: GN530L

Howl with laughter with Dog Man, the internationally bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants!

When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action -- and this time he isn't alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World's Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?

Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self.

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