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Dogzilla (digest) Paperback – August 1, 2003
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"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
-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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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.