WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.
Dogman and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
Type: Children’s, Comic
Basic Plot: While Dogman is trying to help with the production of a movie, Lil’ Petey is being convinced by his
Plot: 2½/5 Average: To be perfectly honest, the story of this book was a lot plainer and more repetitive than the other ones. It relied strongly on the events in the first books, as the characters were making a “movie” based off of them. Rather than being unique, though, it felt more like a déjà vu comic.
Graphics: 3/5 Average: The graphics were the typical, comic style, slightly cute ones with the touch of the juvenile to give charm, but not so much as to be annoying. There were a few art shifts in the comic through minor details, but it was overall consistent.
Moral: 2½/5 A Mostly Good Moral: The moral was that one may make their own personal decisions about life, coupled with the belief that one does not have to follow the wrong things their parents might do. In a world today where children are more likely to live in abusive, broken, and unkind homes than not, it is good to see a book that shows children “may” choose to do right rather than “shall” do wrong. Even God Himself gave us the choice to do right or wrong.
Another moral shown was that just because you aren’t perfect, doen’t mean you can’t be a good purpose. While the author’s intentions appear to be pure, the moral is not. While it is true that just because we do some things that are wrong does not mean we have to throw everything to the wind and be bad, but it does mean we are helpless sinners not good enough for God.
Overall: 3/5 Average: While not as good as the other Dogman books, it is still an enjoyable read for children. There was a lot more emphasis on the moral, practically becoming the main theme of the book, but not grossly so. I would recommend it to boys ten and older concerning quality.
Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Potty Humor and Slight Nudity: Characters are shown in white briefs and later one’s bare bottom is shown. Two dogs were filming a date scene in a movie. Dogman gets a platonic kiss on the nose by a woman.
A studio is called “Gassy Behemoth Studio.” A beaten up character rambles about “poo-poo pee-pee.” A character makes the motion of needing to pee so they can charade a bigger word. A character farts and several euphemism for farting are said by characters.
Violence: 1½/5 Cartoon Fighting: A machine slices through another machine. Characters fight through hitting with stuff, biting, and punching. A character kicks someone into a hole. Characters attempt to punch others. A machine kicks another machine. Dogman playfully jumps on a character, and once the character thinks he will when he doesn’t.
Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 Slight Mention: “Gee” is said at least twice.
Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1½/5 Cartoon Drama: Characters fall off skateboards. A running joke in the book is that a man keeps falling into a hall or somehow getting knocked into it. Characters are shown in bandages, and Dogman has stitches on his neck as he is a dog’s head sewn onto a man’s body. The man and dog were both “dying” because of an explosion; they’re saved. Characters were filming a death scene, characters having scuff marks on them. A character tells another to cut a woman from a high height; he refuses. A man sings about a medicine “side affects which may include… …nausea, headaches, dry mouth, runny nose… … and diarrhea!” A character cries for an hour straight and another fake tears up. A machine crushes buildings.
Religious Issues: 0/5 None
Magic: 1/5 Brief Use: A cat uses magic spray to bring things to life.
Others: A man disguises himself as a woman, complete with high heels, make up, and a fake bosom. The book East of Eden is mentioned, and titles of chapters are based off the books Of Mice and Men, and East of Eden and one off the movie The Dark Night Rises. A character is called a “Rin Tin Tin.” A character sings a parody of “A Spoonful of Sugar” from Mary Poppins. Characters can be seen reading Lord of the Flies.
Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: I would recommend this book morally to children ten and older. The violence is minimal but the bare bottom joke irked me, as there has not been a joke like that in a while.