- Reading level: 6 - 11 years
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (6 July 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407140396
- ISBN-13: 978-1407140391
- Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.5 x 21.1 cm
- Customer Reviews: 2,670 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,79,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) Paperback – Illustrated, 6 July 2017
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Hence 3 stars - price point brings it down.
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Anything that gets my children excited about reading gets a thumbs up for me, even if it’s not always grammatically correct. Who cares? They are reading!!
Next dogman book is on their lists to Santa!
Obviously with a comic-style book there aren't many words to the page and there are lots of short phrases or single words/sounds rather than full sentences, which goes with the style (the language is very American). I expect they are brilliantly useful for encouraging reluctant readers - it must be a massive boost for a child to see how many pages s/he has read and enjoyed - and if getting your child reading is your top priority, then these will be a great choice.
But for a child who is not particularly reluctant, I struggle with the idea of allowing them to read too many. What bothers me is that there are deliberate spelling and grammar mistakes ("supa", "more worser" etc.). I expect this is meant to be part of the fun, but I am not sure it is fun for a reader who doesn't yet know which version is correct. This must just be confusing for readers still learning correct spelling and syntax. Am I taking this too seriously? No, I don't think so, because readers of these books are at such a very important developmental stage. Reading books full of deliberate mistakes is bound to undermine both their learning and their understanding that things like grammar and spelling actually matter and are worth getting right. Such a shame!
My son loved it so much he wanted me to post a review - and here are his words: "I really liked it because it was funny when they became really 'dumb' when Petey removed all the words from books!"
Finally found something that keeps his attention.
We both enjoyed the book immensely and, despite being about 200 pages long, we got through it fairly swiftly because of its ‘comic strip’ style and colour pages.
Expect plenty of irreverent and toilet humour!