Small Things #34 – Dog Man and Cat Kid Club series books are super hilarious

I enjoy reading funny, giggly books with my kids, and Dav Pilkey’s books frequently make them laugh aloud. These are fictional, entertaining, and informative graphic novels for kids and tweens.

The latest in these fan-favorite series include Dog Man: Mothering Heights, Cat Kid Comic Club, and Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives.

Published by Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic), Dog Man series books are based on a “crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!”. On the other hand, Cat Kid (Li’l Petey) books have the secondary protagonist of the Dog Man series – a smart but innocent orange kitten as the main character.

What I like about these books – The books make kids laugh and have a good time. I often see kids going for these books in the library or at book fairs. I overhear my kids laughing while reading the books. Although it may seem these books have no educational purpose, the books have lovely and inspiring messages. The illustrations are innovative, informative and these books just resonate with the kids.

What I don’t like about the books – The humor borders on crass sometimes. 

What my kids have to say – According to my second grader, “I love the books because they are funny and easy to read. My favorite book is Cat Kid Comic Club Perspectives and I like Li’l Petey because he is weird. This book teaches you how to draw as well. “

According to my fifth-grader, “I love the illustrations and the unique idea behind them. It is supposed to be written by George and Harold – characters from Captain Underpants. There are stories within stories which is really awesome. These books have some great messages.”

My kids are excited for Dav Pilkey’s next – Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose, which is coming on April 5th! I hope it has all the ingredients that guarantee a hearty laugh!

Disclosure – Review copies of the books were provided by the publisher.

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Book Preview – My Comeback Trail by Manish Kumar

My Comeback Trail‘, the second book of the author and Air Force veteran pilot Manish Kumar, promises to be a stirring and inspiring read just like his first bestseller, ‘Be Your Own Pilot‘. I found the book candid and motivational.

About The Book – Inspired by true events in the life of Manish Kumar, the book deals with the theme of the triumph of the indefatigable human spirit against all odds. Life throws one challenge after another as he juggles to keep his sanity when his entire support system threatens to crumble around him. 

The story begins with the author being in a respectable profession and having a happy married life, but everything changes soon. There is a crisis in his professional as well as personal life and he ends up in a psychiatry ward, dangerously close to losing everything. 

In his own words, “You can fight for your country, your loved ones but what do you do when you start doubting your thoughts, your sanity and your entity? Nothing can be more vicious than doubting yourself.”

He gets betrayed, abandoned and duped by people he loves and trusts most, while his most precious gift gets taken away from him….. he feels there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It is then that the comeback trail begins…!

My Take – This real-life story of a soldier, shows unexpected twists and turns in the author’s life and his dramatic comeback. The book is highly recommended for those who are dealing with extremely challenging, anxious situations. It will inspire them to hang in there, while life turns for the better. 

Manish Kumar has a strong narrative voice and the female characters are very well portrayed. 

The book is dotted with motivational quotes from great books and authors. The quotes not only support the author as he tries to find sense in the sudden chaos that surrounds him but also engages the reader. The book is set to release soon and available for preorder.

Do grab your copy here , encourage a good author and rejoice in the victory of the human spirit.