Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Reader's Diary #1896- Dav Pilkey: Dog Man

I can't say I was expecting to enjoy Dav Pilkey's Dog Man as much as I did. I know that they're wildly popular at my library but aimed at a juvenile audience with juvenile art on the front, I was really only interested for curiousity sake. I wound up a fan!

First off, it's super funny. Some humour, yes, is of the slapstick, imaginative, and pseudo-inappropriate sort that kids enjoy, but there's also a real clever side. I especially liked the digs at Pilkey's old elementary school teacher who discouraged him from pursuing comics. (It saddens me that this ignorant attitude, while decreasing, is still prevalent.)

It's also deceptively well drawn. Yes, it looks like a child drew it, but it's very convincing (and I suppose, very inspirational to budding artists). The colouring, on the other hand, is glossy and attention grabbing, while less child-like.

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