WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Dogman: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey
Type: Comic, Superhero
Basic Plot: Petey the cat has escaped and is ready to take over the city again, but first, he needs an assistant.
Plot: 3/5 Average: The plot is a cute, heartwarming story with some action. While a bit random and more than a little cliché, it is likely to bring a smile to reader’s faces anyway with its cute, hopeful dreams and themes.
Graphics: 3/5 Average: The graphics in the series have a purposely made childish, amateur appearance to them. In a way, this adds a sort of charm to them, but in others could be looked at as laziness or sloppiness. I personally look it as the former. Despite the overall look, details are added that show the artists is thinking about what he draws, such as making a character that lost his whisker not have it for the rest of the book.
Moral: 3/5 A Good Moral: The moral of the story seems to be that one should confront hatred and violence with kindness, as this is usually the characters’ ways of dealing with things. Self defense is also encouraged though, as characters under direct attack do protect themselves. In a way, this can be a great way to teach children the appropriate response at the appropriate time.
Overall: 3/5 Average: Dogman: A Tale of Two Kitties is a great read for children and children at heart. It is endearing, cute, and light hearted, making it a good relaxing read for children eight and older.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Light Suggestiveness and Potty Humor A character makes fun of Dogman by saying that he sniffs other dog’s butts, drinks “out of toilets” and likes to role in “duck poop.” A character searches a sandbox for something, and it is greatly implied that he found poop.
Violence: 1/5 Light Violence: A character bites, punches, smashes, and throws sentiment buildings. Dogman jumps on people. A character kicks a box. A man has a door slammed in his face and is hurt by it, though it is not shown. A character painfully pets another’s head, though not maliciously.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 Light Misuse: “Gee” is said three times.
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1½/5 Scary and Sad Elements: A character says he will hunt another character (who is a child) to the death, as the pictures close in on his increasingly pointy teeth. When he believes he has caught him, he says, “It’s time to die.” A character throws another and later almost throws them into a volcano. A sad touching scene shows an antagonist regretting that he tried to get rid of his son. A child sings about being all alone. A bomb blows up, injuring a man and dog; the doctors say they almost die. The doctors decide to switch their head and body. Bandages and stitches are shown. Buildings try to eat characters. A dead fish’s bones are shown being removed from his body. A cat has part of his ear missing, and another cat removes a whisker so that he can clone himself. Characters die by almost crashing into the ground. A character mentions in speech that his minions “were going to destroy the city.” A character falls backwards in a chair and hits his head on the floor. Dogman likes to roll in dead fish, but this is presented for humor. A character trips over someone. A door has a skull decoration on it. Characters cry from regret and sadness. A character’s finger turns red at being bitten.
Religious Issues: 1½/5 Light Issues: A character is brought back to life. A character uses his “psychokinetic” and “telepathic” brain powers to lift things. A character clones himself.
Magic: 1½/5 Use of magic: Some people may look at the use of “living spray,” a spray which brings things to life, as a type of magic, though this is not explicitly said.
Others: When Dogman is trying to find a home for a cat, two men come by and talk about taking it home. While the scene is very ambiguous, only making clear that they live in the same house, it is possible that they are a gay couple. It is not certain, but outside of roommates or live in friends, there is nothing else they could really be. Characters dance, and disco is mentioned. A character has a tattoo.
Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: Because of some scary elements and violence, I would recommend it for children eight and older. Some parents may not like the psychokinetic powers the antagonist has. Outside of this, the ambiguous man couple may also be seen as a problem, though I do not totally not recommend the book because it is not made clear what they are.
For the review of the next book, Dogman and Cat Kid, go here! https://christianentertainmentreviews.blog/2018/07/09/a-parents-guide-to-dogman-and-cat-kid-book-comic/