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THE HAUNTING OF LOCH NESS CASTLE

From the Bigfoot and Nessie series , Vol. 2

A delightful story full of cute cryptids and heart.

Two bestie beasties go toe to toe with some big fears in this endearing graphic novel.

Bigfoot and Nessie are heading to Scotland to see Nessie’s family. Nessie, a major cryptid celebrity, attracts a crowd wherever she goes—a tabloid has already shared a pic of her snoozing on the plane, and reporters pepper her with questions at the airport. When they get to the underwater Loch Ness Castle, Nessie’s glamorous mum points out that Nessie hasn’t posted a new YouTube video in weeks. An overwhelmed Nessie tells Bigfoot that she finds her mother overly domineering but that running Nessie’s life is the only thing that has made Mum happy since the divorce. As Nessie and Bigfoot explore Loch Ness Castle, a spooky mermaid ghost suddenly appears. Bigfoot and Nessie set out to solve what they believe to be a ghostly mystery, but just like Nessie and Mum’s relationship, the so-called ghost problem isn’t as simple as it seems. Suffice it to say, Nessie isn’t the only creature in this story who needs to find the courage to speak up. Though those unfamiliar with the series will enjoy this installment, most readers will want to pick it up after The Art of Getting Noticed (2022). The manga-inspired artwork, full of sweet pastel colors and soft lines, is charming. Humans, while rare, are racially diverse.

A delightful story full of cute cryptids and heart. (Graphic fiction. 6-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2023

ISBN: 9780593385753

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2023

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 2023

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DOG MAN AND CAT KID

From the Dog Man series , Vol. 4

More trampling in the vineyards of the Literary Classics section, with results that will tickle fancies high and low.

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Recasting Dog Man and his feline ward, Li’l Petey, as costumed superheroes, Pilkey looks East of Eden in this follow-up to Tale of Two Kitties (2017).

The Steinbeck novel’s Cain/Abel motif gets some play here, as Petey, “world’s evilest cat” and cloned Li’l Petey’s original, tries assiduously to tempt his angelic counterpart over to the dark side only to be met, ultimately at least, by Li’l Petey’s “Thou mayest.” (There are also occasional direct quotes from the novel.) But inner struggles between good and evil assume distinctly subordinate roles to riotous outer ones, as Petey repurposes robots built for a movie about the exploits of Dog Man—“the thinking man’s Rin Tin Tin”—while leading a general rush to the studio’s costume department for appropriate good guy/bad guy outfits in preparation for the climactic battle. During said battle and along the way Pilkey tucks in multiple Flip-O-Rama inserts as well as general gags. He lists no fewer than nine ways to ask “who cut the cheese?” and includes both punny chapter titles (“The Bark Knight Rises”) and nods to Hamiltonand Mary Poppins. The cartoon art, neatly and brightly colored by Garibaldi, is both as easy to read as the snappy dialogue and properly endowed with outsized sound effects, figures displaying a range of skin colors, and glimpses of underwear (even on robots).

More trampling in the vineyards of the Literary Classics section, with results that will tickle fancies high and low. (drawing instructions) (Graphic fantasy. 7-10)

Pub Date: Dec. 26, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-545-93518-0

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 13, 2018

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DOG MAN

From the Dog Man series , Vol. 1

What a wag.

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What do you get from sewing the head of a smart dog onto the body of a tough police officer? A new superhero from the incorrigible creator of Captain Underpants.

Finding a stack of old Dog Mancomics that got them in trouble back in first grade, George and Harold decide to craft a set of new(ish) adventures with (more or less) improved art and spelling. These begin with an origin tale (“A Hero Is Unleashed”), go on to a fiendish attempt to replace the chief of police with a “Robo Chief” and then a temporarily successful scheme to make everyone stupid by erasing all the words from every book (“Book ’Em, Dog Man”), and finish off with a sort of attempted alien invasion evocatively titled “Weenie Wars: The Franks Awaken.” In each, Dog Man squares off against baddies (including superinventor/archnemesis Petey the cat) and saves the day with a clever notion. With occasional pauses for Flip-O-Rama featurettes, the tales are all framed in brightly colored sequential panels with hand-lettered dialogue (“How do you feel, old friend?” “Ruff!”) and narrative. The figures are studiously diverse, with police officers of both genders on view and George, the chief, and several other members of the supporting cast colored in various shades of brown. Pilkey closes as customary with drawing exercises, plus a promise that the canine crusader will be further unleashed in a sequel.

What a wag. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 30, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-58160-8

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Graphix/Scholastic

Review Posted Online: May 31, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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