A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Some advanced vocabulary and information about different ways of storytelling.
It's OK to fail. Be persistent. Offer sincere apologies when you've hurt someone. There are many ways to be creative.
Positive Role Models
Flippy tries to change when he sees how he overreacted.
Some characters call others "stupid" and "losers," and there's lots of potty humor (poop, farts).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cat Kid Comic Club, the start of a Dog Man spin-off graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), has just as much potty humor and name calling as his other work, but includes some important messages about being authentic, trying your best, and owning up to your mistakes. Subtlety isn't part of Pilkey's approach; messages are in clear language that's sometimes crass and sometimes complicated but always direct, and there's more kindness and cooperation on these pages than in other series. The illustrations are vibrant and brash, with step-by-step instructions for drawing a few of the characters. The end of the book has information on how to create different kinds of art.
Is It Any Good?
Author Dav Pilkey knows that kids can giggle about poop jokes while asking big, philosophical questions; he's created a funny, deep, wonderfully irreverent graphic novel to match that spirit. Cat Kid Comic Club is a quick read with enough advanced vocabulary words sprinkled in to offer a challenge, and the illustrations are fast, colorful, and fun. There's also real depth here, but never so much that the story takes too serious a turn. On one page, characters are coming to terms with the hypocrisy of judging kids' artistic content differently than adults' work while only a few pages earlier there was a barrage of fart jokes. The message of persistence is strong here, and applies to more than developing artistic talent.
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