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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1-Simul edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152049495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152049492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Dogzilla and Kat Kong:
"These two brazenly funny picture books spoof Godzilla and King Kong as they launch the mice inhabitants of Mousopolis against, respectively, a killer cat and dog. . . . Pilkey's irreverent exuberance is irresistible."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-The Educational Book & Media Association

Dav Pilkey is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning creator of more than 40 books for children.

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"Considered one of the most popular contemporary authors for readers in elementary school, (Dav Pilkey) is also regarded as a talented artist and inventive humorist as well as a subtle moralist. ...He underscores his works--even at their most outrageous--with a philosophy that emphasizes friendship, tolerance, and generosity and celebrates the triumph of the good-hearted."
-The Educational Book & Media Association

PRAISE FOR CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS:

"Pilkey's sharp humor shines, and is as much fun for parents as their young readers." PARENTS' CHOICE FOUNDATION

"Combines empowerment and empathy with age-appropriate humor and action" - BOOKLIST

"For every downtrodden fun-seeking kid who never wanted to read a book." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"(One of the) 5 Books That All Children Should Read" - HEALTHY FAMILY MATTERS

"Call Pilkey . . . the savior of the 'reluctant reader.' " --USA TODAY

2012 PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD WINNER

Dav Pilkey is the Caldecott Honor Award-winning author and illustrator of more than 50 books for children. Check out his award-winning website at www.Pilkey.com

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Grandson loved it, and so did grandma.
becca
After I read this book and Kat Kong, Pilkey became my favorite too!
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I was laughing out loud when I read it.
Kelley Hunt

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By P.W. Reader on May 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I saw this book in the "staff recommendation" section of my local bookstore. I pulled it off the shelf and read through the whole thing. People passed by me wondering why I was chuckling, then I showed them the pictures and they laughed with me. Who would have thought that little doggie antics would wreak havoc on the poor clever innocent little mice. And all he wanted was the barbeque he was sniffing. I loved the ending too. Because of the one thing the mice didn't count on after they'd driven the devastating doggie away....get this book to find out! You'll laugh as much as I did!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on June 16, 2001
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first saw a copy of Dogzilla at a dog show in San Diego. It features a Cardigan Welsh Corgi on the cover. Show visitors snapped up the books in a hurry. I bought a copy and have been a Dav Pilkey fan ever since. Children LOVE this book as well as adults. Pilkey's idea of placing cut-out photos of real animal "actors" imposed on colorful, cartoonish paintings of Mousopolis really make the book appealing to little ones. His jokes are "wink-winks" above kid's heads aimed at the adult readers. Dogzilla is funny and spellbinding for little ones who want to read it again and again. If you love smart and imaginative picture books, this one is a "must have" for your collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Both Dogzilla and Kat Kong are extremely child-friendly and funny books. Every child I have ever given this book to has immediately asked to have it read to him or her. I myself stood in the aisle of the store and laughed out loud the first time I came across these books. The puns are everywhere, both visual and verbal, and the brave mice and adorable photos of dogzilla are hard to resist.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hunt on September 15, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is one of the cutest juvenile books I have seen. The illustrations are hilarious. The prose is clever and melodramatic. I was laughing out loud when I read it. Highly recommended. It deserves a sequel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This book will get read again and again, but you won't get tired of reading it. The pictures are funny and the text is readable by my 7 year old, with a little practice. It's fun for all. Even his older sisters want to read it to him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Dogzilla is the perfect gift for dog lovers, horror movie buffs and anybody with a wacky sense of humor. The last couple of pages always makes me smile.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Price on March 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 7-year-old son listed Dav Pilkey's two books - Dogzilla and Kat Kong - on his wish list for the school book fair. I was prepared to be underwhelmed - a cute idea, but not earth-shaking, if you will.

I was pleasantly surprised with the quality - the original idea was cute, basing his stories on the old monster movies, and he's carried that theme through with several amusing movie tie-ins, including "credits" and "ratings" - as well as "in" jokes from the movies and groaningly bad puns. These little extras help keep the adult reader's interest.

The art is lavish and fun as well. I amused myself with trying to figure out how he created the images, and he discloses that he collages stuff with graphics software, but uses acrylic paints and photos of his live pets as well. It's one of those good ideas that you'll kick yourself for not doing (if you're a writer/graphic artist like me) - but it's so well done, I'm happy to have a copy.

The energy in the art, as well as the paint and palette remind me a bit of Eric Carle (Very Hungry Caterpillar). But the humor is more subtle, snarky, aimed for the school-aged child.

There's no violence or bathroom humor, but Dogzilla managed to amuse even our jaded 12-year-old neighbor without resorting to those tactics. Both kids are quick to dismiss a story that's been "sanitized for their protection" - and there was no hint of that, despite the fact that no mice get eaten.

There's great material here for a hammy read-aloud performance - squeaky voices, especially, since the main characters are mice. Lots of self-consciously bad dialog that's really fun to read.

Pilkey knows it's a silly idea, and has the maximum amount of fun with it - this equates to fun for the reader and the kids you're reading to. You'll want them both - Kat Kong and Dogzilla.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on December 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 7 year old loves dogs, puppies, etc. While he has brought home many a library book with stories (fictional) about dogs, this book is by far his absolute favorite. (I am now buying it for him for the holidays.) What's neat is that I don't get sick of reading it to him either. It is extremely clever and funny and even has a bit of a surprise ending. The pictures are great. This is going to be a classic (at least in our house).
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