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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In a bold departure for Pilkey ( When Cats Dream ), 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. Touched-up photographs of the author's pets are set against fluorescent cityscapes and luminous skylines. The texts ripple with corny but kid-pleasing puns ("The Big Cheese tried to catch up to the hot dog with all the relish he could muster") and shameless gags (" 'What are you, men or mice?' 'Mice,' they squeaked"), while the pictures are packed with sly allusions (the mice give Kat Kong passage on the U.S.S. Ignatz ). Dogzilla is the more successful volume, for it works within its own simple framework--giant dog steals cookout food, mice win a playful revenge--and even delivers a surprise ending. The more hard-hearted Kat Kong jestingly raises serious issues (Does morality have a position in science?) without acknowledging their validity. Pilkey's irreverent exuberance is irresistible nonetheless. These inventive books may lack the elegance and soul of William Wegman's work, but they are infinitely more fun. All ages.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-The furry residents of Mousopolis are twice terrorized by overgrown house pets in these daffy picturebooks "Written and directed" by the author of When Cats Dream (Orchard, 1992). Dogzilla rises from a volcano to break up the First Annual Mousopolis Barbecue Cook-Off, and scatter the Big Cheese's troops with her fearsome doggy breath-but the threat of a bath sends her scurrying back to her mountain. On the other hand, or paw, Dr. Vincent Varmint and his lovely assistant Rosie Rodent capture giant Kat Kong on an uncharted island and return to civilization, only to have the ferocious feline escape, create chaos in the streets, climb the tall Romano Inn, and take that long fall. Illustrations are painted in bright acrylics around cleverly trimmed and placed photographs of Pilkey's pet mice, cat, and corgi, for a wonderfully silly look, appropriately accompanied by a pun-laden text. Less elaborate, but much funnier and more creative than William Wegman's Cinderella (Hyperion, 1993).
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1-Simul edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152049509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152049508
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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

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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By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book to share with children - especially those with a well-developed sense of humor. The jokes, illustrations, and play on words will appeal to all ages. As a teacher, I read this book to 2nd graders and then ask them to draw what Kat Kong saw in the package. The ideas start flying. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone!
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By A Customer on November 20, 1998
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I'm 6 and I like "Kat Kong". "Kat Kong" destroyed Mousopolis and one of the mice said, "Help! The cat's got my tongue". I liked the jokes and it was funny. Except for the time Kat Kong destroyed the railroad.
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This book is a wonderfully humorous version of the King Kong story. While my daughter was reading aloud, my attention was suddenly captured by the vision of mouse natives chanting "Heeer, Ki-tee Ki-tee" as part of an ancient ceremony involving a can of tuna fish and my attention never waned.
The author ingeniously makes use of idioms and cliche to make this an interesting story for the adult. Moreover, the illustrations are bound to cause laughter from child and parent alike.
This is a "must read" book.
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My sons really like this book. And there is funny stuff in it for the parents too. Very enjoyable. It is my 3 year old's favorite book now. And my nine year old loves to read it to him :-)
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I'm an adult (most of the time), but I just loved this book! It's creative, silly and smart, all at the same time.

I've always been a big fan of all those old B&W horror films, and this book is a laugh-out-loud take-off on one of the best of the genre. I loved it. Best was the group of mice "natives" with their can of tuna, doing the "mysterious chant":

"'Heeeer, Ki-tee Ki-tee!

"Heeeer, Ki-tee Ki-tee!

"Heeeer, Kit-te Ki-tee Ki-tee!'"

Mr. Pilkey used his own pets' images for the illustrations. Rabies, the mouse who gets the role of "Rosie Rodent," has that startled, wide-eyed expression that looks just like Fay Wray. (Too bad the book didn't have sound, because I bet she squeals just like her, too.)

There are lots of funny bits in this book: you'll need to go through it several times to pick all of them up. And then you will want to watch the old _King Kong_ again, just for old time's sake.
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By K. Zak on July 1, 2009
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Dave Pilkey has written wonderful books for children and this is up there with Dogzilla! Imaginative, funny and kids love the stories and photos!
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I¹m 38 years old and bought it for myself. My girlfriend and other friends double over laughing when reading it. One of the most inventive books of any kind in print! A must for kids of all ages. Buy a copy for everyone you know with a sense of humor!
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I am a teacher and I must say that children always love this story. It has been a favorite of mine for years. The real feline pictures makes this book even more colorful and magical. Kids will get a kick out of this twist on an old favorite. Kat Kong is great for all ages!
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