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Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #7) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 30 user ratings
ISBN:1338236598
LANGUAGE:English

" Aside from wondering what could be out of the ordinary in my adult psyche that I enjoyed the Dog Man books so much, I thoroughly enjoyed this second book I’ve read of the series. This one touched something in my feels that might or might not have been facilitated by the fact that it involved a grumbly orange cat and a sweet and loving orange kitten. " said.

" Was not expecting the emotional gut-punch I got when I read this to my six year old. Dav Pilkey could have used his talent to milk this series for all it was worth, and instead he's using his influence and popularity to reach out to tell the most vulnerable kids the things they need to hear the most in a way they can understand. My hat is off to you, sir. " said.

" "Two men looked through prison bars. One saw mud. The other, stars."I love the complexity of Pilkey's works. What appears to be a simple comic hits home on some very difficult issues facing younger readers, and he does so with humor and compassion. He approaches emotionally complex themes and does not shy away from the reality facing our younger readers. I love putting his books into the hands of my students and I will keep doing so. " said.

" Now that my seven-year old has taken to (mostly) reading on his own, this was the first Dogman that I didn't get to read to him. As I've enjoyed the series so far, I decided to read it anyway - and I loved it. Possibly more than my kids did. There were tons of silly jokes (that made me laugh), but the themes of redemption, hope and the father-son relationship between the Peteys is the real strength of the story. Best Dogman yet. " said.

"My kids were taking forever to finish supper, so I picked this up while sitting at the table with them and finished just as my seriously poky 5-year-old finished.

My 7-year-old loves this series and I can see why - a lot of the humor is at his level. However, as a parent, I also enjoyed the several literary puns (notice the title), and appreciated that Pilkey explained them at the end right, before the pages explaining how to draw your favorite characters from this volume.

This was silly, action-filled, touching at times, and hilarious throughout.
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"So, I've loved the entire series right from the start, but Pilkey is really ramping it up with each successive book. As far as visual design I'd say he hasn't topped the incorporation of clay modeling into a previous book, but there are some nice touches in For Whom the Ball Rolls as well, in particular a repetition of panels that slowly zoom in and then pay off with a smile. But message-wise, well, this one might be on top. It's a pretty simple "be a good person and do good even when it seems like it's worthless," but the presentation is really nice. The Petey and lil' Petey relationship continues to be tear-jerker (REALLY didn't expect to be crying over a Dog Man book, but here I am), and may be the best thing in the series, though Dog Man's simple exuberance is always refreshing. Can't wait for the next one! Spread the Dog Man joy!!" said.

"I am 44 years old, and I love Dog Man. (Is there a support group for this?) I love the goofy, brightly colored art, I love the ridiculous action and, often, gross humor. But you know what I like the most, though? This is something made for, like, nine year-olds, by someone who totally seems to get that group, but he also is teasing out some bigger things: literature and the big questions of life, as if he's letting the kids in on some big, cool secret. Petey the Cat was just a straight-up bad guy who did bad things, as of the first book, in which he was put into Cat Jail. But over the course of the series, he has evolved, encouraged by his son/clone Li'l Petey, who is kind, wise, and generous. I'm not going to spoil the ending of this book-- if you read it, it'll probably take you 30 minutes to an hour-- but it is touching. No joke." said.

"Another inspiring Dav Pilkey book!

Dog Man's obsessions, including the ball, has become his greatest fear. When Chief gets mad at Dog Man after chasing the ball from a thief, he went home and told his best friend, sidekick and adoptive son Li'l Petey on the problem he experienced a while ago. Li'l Petey had an idea that Dog Man needs to focus on 'Behavioral Modification Therapy' by using flash cards. If he doesn't focus, he had to take a bath, which is also his fear. What if he encounters them in real life?

While on Petey's point of view, he was finally out of jail, thanks to Sarah's news report that she mentioned at the fire scene from Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild. The governor pardons seven dog inmates in Dog Jail, and also Petey.

That night, Petey bought Li'l Petey from Dog Man's house, which let Dog Man and 80-HD sad - and they had their own lives for each other. While the father-and-son tandem walked through his secret laboratory/home, they encounter weeds, a polluted river with a floating bottle on it, the mud and the stars. When they were off to bed, Petey explains about his parents until Li'l Petey has another idea...

The next morning, Petey was surprised he met his father, and dramatic scenes occurs. Their relationship between the three gets worse.

Aside from that, the FLEAS (Piggy, Crunky and Bub) from Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas are now transferred to Petey, but they are planning something evil or not, and a returning character from the very first Dog Man book named Dr. Scum is getting ready for his revenge on Dog Man.

How can Petey and Li'l Petey solve their problems and save Dog Man and his friends?

Dog Man: For Whom The Ball Rolls is a very inspiring book with some scenes that relates to your real life experiences, including facing fears and family issues. The most important part of the book is where Dog Man focusing not just his fears, but on being good and doing good. That is also the moral lesson of the story. This book does not make you laugh - it also makes you cry and inspire. When you finish the entire book or two, you will be inspired by the story and you can #DoGood on your powerful kindness you have.

This is a must read for kids and grown-ups of all ages, and I recommend this book for kids who has a bad behavior (especially for those who had ADHD like Dav Pilkey does) and fears. You might want to read it again and again!
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