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A pioneering new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the prog A pioneering new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence. Squid Kid and Katydid, Baby Frog Squad, Monster Cheese Sandwich, and Birds Flowers Trees: A Haiku Photo Comic are just some of the mini-comics that are included as stories-within-the-story, each done in a different style, utilizing humor and drama, prose and poetry, illustrated in different media including acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, clay, hand-made cardboard sculptures, photographs, pipe cleaners, construction paper collages, and cookies. Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this new graphic novel adventure from Dav Pilkey and his heartfelt, humorous, and amazing cast of characters in the Cat Kid Comic Club.


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A pioneering new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the prog A pioneering new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator of the internationally bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence. Squid Kid and Katydid, Baby Frog Squad, Monster Cheese Sandwich, and Birds Flowers Trees: A Haiku Photo Comic are just some of the mini-comics that are included as stories-within-the-story, each done in a different style, utilizing humor and drama, prose and poetry, illustrated in different media including acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, felt-tip markers, clay, hand-made cardboard sculptures, photographs, pipe cleaners, construction paper collages, and cookies. Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this new graphic novel adventure from Dav Pilkey and his heartfelt, humorous, and amazing cast of characters in the Cat Kid Comic Club.

30 review for Cat Kid Comic Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Another totally delightful book by Dav Pilkey. As always, he absolutely has his finger on the pulse of young readers. When my now 30-year-old son was young, he loved the Captain Underpants books; I just wish Dog Man and Cat Kid had been available at that time. He loved drawing his own comics, and I totally give Dav Pilkey credit for that. As a children's librarian, I always order 10-20 copies of Dav Pilkey's books, and often all are checked out. "Cat Kid Comic Club" will encourage and create a w Another totally delightful book by Dav Pilkey. As always, he absolutely has his finger on the pulse of young readers. When my now 30-year-old son was young, he loved the Captain Underpants books; I just wish Dog Man and Cat Kid had been available at that time. He loved drawing his own comics, and I totally give Dav Pilkey credit for that. As a children's librarian, I always order 10-20 copies of Dav Pilkey's books, and often all are checked out. "Cat Kid Comic Club" will encourage and create a whole new generation of graphic fiction lovers and creators. Within the funny and sweet overall story, there is a primer on how to create comics, delivered in the most delightful fashion through examples of the club members' increasingly accomplished comics. I loved the smudged pencil and realistically childlike drawings and stories in the early efforts, and I loved the messages of encouragement, both stated and represented through example, that's it's okay to fail or embarrass yourself, to copy the style of others, to use themes that interest you (even if they're gross or violent), to write in poetry if that's your preference, and to use photographs (in the examples, of nature and using action figures) if you don't think you can draw. Really, something for everyone! I'm sure this book will be a great hit. Once we can hold programs in the library for kids again, I'd love to have a "Comic Club" inspired by this book. Thanks for the inspiration, Dav Pilkey!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Different Is Beautiful

    I like how it show the many different and creative ways to make comics like reusing old broken toys and that" it's okay to fail miserably just remember to focuse on what you love and always try to improve" - quotes from the book I like how it show the many different and creative ways to make comics like reusing old broken toys and that" it's okay to fail miserably just remember to focuse on what you love and always try to improve" - quotes from the book

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The only graphic novel I’ve ever finished. It was so good I bought it for the school. Love how the author makes fun of all his other books like Captain Underpants and Dog Man. Especially love the interactive format and use of multiple media types to tell the stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    I like this book but why isin't it letting me read it..? I like this book but why isin't it letting me read it..?

  5. 5 out of 5

    W.B. Abdullah

    A delightful book about not giving up and not being a perfectionist. This book is a great resource for hesitant creatives, preaching that it is okay to fail, and giving many different examples of how to make, draw, and write comics. I loved it and will use it as a resource to teach children how to draw comics. Shoot! I’ll probably use it as a resource to teach myself. A good solid buy with an author who really understands and knows kid humor.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Grissom

    Dav Pilkey books never get old. The kids read them, love them and can't wait for the sequels. This newest book is probably my favorite. It encourages creativity, imagination and doing/reading what you love. Definitely a winner! Dav Pilkey books never get old. The kids read them, love them and can't wait for the sequels. This newest book is probably my favorite. It encourages creativity, imagination and doing/reading what you love. Definitely a winner!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonni Shough

    I have a ton of students who love these books. They are great for students who struggle with reading or being interested in reading. I would introduce this book and allow students to choose it for Independent Reading Time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I may have chuckled several times.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    Not quite as funny as the Dog Man series and the message is a little more obvious but it’s still fun and enjoyable. The book covers what it is like to create “comics” (aka stories). It takes about getting ideas, not being afraid to fail, working together, and different forms (photography, claymation, drawing, computer graphics, etc). Many of my Dog Man living students already made their own comics based on Dog Man but this book will encourage their copies and originals.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Yochi

    WAITING UNTIL CHRISTMAS TO GIVE THIS TO MY KID IS GOING TO BE TORTURE!!! Just got this brand spankin' new book in the mail today and it is amazing. I am so excited that Dav is starting a new series that has Lil Petey in it. My kid is gonna lose it over this on xmas morning, he has no idea it even exists! Bonus points that it encourages creativity featuring different mediums. Swoons is all. More in my review after Christmas. ☺ WAITING UNTIL CHRISTMAS TO GIVE THIS TO MY KID IS GOING TO BE TORTURE!!! Just got this brand spankin' new book in the mail today and it is amazing. I am so excited that Dav is starting a new series that has Lil Petey in it. My kid is gonna lose it over this on xmas morning, he has no idea it even exists! Bonus points that it encourages creativity featuring different mediums. Swoons is all. More in my review after Christmas. ☺

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eti

    A cleverly subversive (as expected) launch to a new series from one of our kids' favorite authors that will help them tell their own stories through sequential art. Offering insights about idea generation, medium (you can make comics and poetry, claymation, photography, comic fails, autobio comics, all the kinds), inspiration, critical feedback, and most importantly, love. All shared through a whirlwind comics class hosted by the infinitely patient Cat Kid. We have all been Cat Kid. A delightful A cleverly subversive (as expected) launch to a new series from one of our kids' favorite authors that will help them tell their own stories through sequential art. Offering insights about idea generation, medium (you can make comics and poetry, claymation, photography, comic fails, autobio comics, all the kinds), inspiration, critical feedback, and most importantly, love. All shared through a whirlwind comics class hosted by the infinitely patient Cat Kid. We have all been Cat Kid. A delightful reading experience that makes a fantastic holiday gift for young people from your local indie bookstore. Buy many copies right now and you won't regret it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Cat Kid Comic Club was so much fun! Mainly for the 3rd, 4th, 5th grades, I think older readers will enjoy it as well. At times I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed the development of the different types of graphic novel stories and art. It looked like it would be cute, silly, fluff but turns out to be full of valuable inspiration and humor. There are also some important lessons about trying, failing, and staying true to yourself despite others opinions. Overall a very valuable read. Dav Pil Cat Kid Comic Club was so much fun! Mainly for the 3rd, 4th, 5th grades, I think older readers will enjoy it as well. At times I laughed out loud and thoroughly enjoyed the development of the different types of graphic novel stories and art. It looked like it would be cute, silly, fluff but turns out to be full of valuable inspiration and humor. There are also some important lessons about trying, failing, and staying true to yourself despite others opinions. Overall a very valuable read. Dav Pilkey created a wonderful introduction to the art of graphic novels that will resonate with all ages. @scholastic

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raine Villanueva

    I’m a visual graphic artist who was inspired by Dav Pilkey’s creative stories which also relates to my experiences. One of my all time favorite characters in his books is Li’l Petey from Dog Man series. He’s a very lovable kitten who now cares for Petey and Dog Man. And now, he has a book of his own that focuses on the love of creativity. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li’l Petey, along with his best friend Molly, had starting their first week of teaching comic making to twenty-one Baby Frogs who are no I’m a visual graphic artist who was inspired by Dav Pilkey’s creative stories which also relates to my experiences. One of my all time favorite characters in his books is Li’l Petey from Dog Man series. He’s a very lovable kitten who now cares for Petey and Dog Man. And now, he has a book of his own that focuses on the love of creativity. In Cat Kid Comic Club, Li’l Petey, along with his best friend Molly, had starting their first week of teaching comic making to twenty-one Baby Frogs who are now growing up. Molly’s Dad, Flippy was very serious on his children as the began from weird stories to being amazed in wonderful comics in various mediums of art like ballpens, markers, colored papers and boxes. Others are created by digital art, collage and nature & object photography. When I read this book for the first time, I was impressed because there was an ongoing main story on what are they doing on the club for an entire week with situations and advices that is empathetic for aspiring artists. It also has funny scenes that makes me laugh, including the comic intermissions. I got so inspired after reading the entire story that will keep me creative as I find new ideas. I would also like to see more of these comic stories like the baby frogs are doing in the book, too. I thought about for Cat Kid Comic Club that it should also become an ART BOOK where every artistic or non-creative person would get lots of inspiration on the visuals. This book will make a child become a reader into an artist that he or she would get something new on their own story, artwork, or even a comic and you have to thank Dav Pilkey for that!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly are ready to teach their family of baby frogs how to make comics. But wait--some frogs don't have any ideas! Others are sure they can't draw well. What if they make a mistake?!? While this book isn't going to be the continuation (or even spinoff) of the Dog Man main series that fans may be looking for, it is a WONDERFUL companion read for teaching young kids how to draw their own comics, especially kids ages 6-8. The sample comics are similar to what kids would creat Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly are ready to teach their family of baby frogs how to make comics. But wait--some frogs don't have any ideas! Others are sure they can't draw well. What if they make a mistake?!? While this book isn't going to be the continuation (or even spinoff) of the Dog Man main series that fans may be looking for, it is a WONDERFUL companion read for teaching young kids how to draw their own comics, especially kids ages 6-8. The sample comics are similar to what kids would create and draw, and the chapters work well as a day-by-day schedule for a real life comics camp. And Pilkey even has a fantastic chapter directed at those grown-ups that say that kids need to create "uplifting" stories that don't "recklessly disregard the sanctity of life and stuff." In Pilkey's words: "Adults make up stories about that stuff all the time, and we call them artists and geniuses and visionaries! Look at Shakespeare: It's all death and violence and fart jokes! If it's normal and healthy for grown-ups then why not for kids? Are you seriously going to praise a grown-up and shame a child for the same darn thing? Take a chill pill dude!"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aran Joseph

    A Parent’s Perspective I am always a little excited when Dan Pilkey publishes a new book; typically they combine creative stories for children with sound life lessons. Once again, Dan Pilkey does not disappoint in Cat Kid Comic Club. On one level it’s the story of Cat Kid’s determination to teach young frogs how to draw comic books. Children should giggle at the students’ cute and funny comics. There are sandwiches that turn into monsters, toothbrush lawyers and the ever present children’s favorit A Parent’s Perspective I am always a little excited when Dan Pilkey publishes a new book; typically they combine creative stories for children with sound life lessons. Once again, Dan Pilkey does not disappoint in Cat Kid Comic Club. On one level it’s the story of Cat Kid’s determination to teach young frogs how to draw comic books. Children should giggle at the students’ cute and funny comics. There are sandwiches that turn into monsters, toothbrush lawyers and the ever present children’s favorite theme of poop. But at another level kids are introduced to lifelong lessons: it’s okay to fail, it’s okay to think about uncomfortable topics. They even get a fairly sophisticated introduction to the art of Haiku. Silly as they may seem, Dan Pilkey’s books have a winning formula: he caters to the young but still imparts wisdom. He’s able to do this by reaching down to a child’s level. Pilkey doesn’t lecture from above. Highly recommended to those wanting to raise healthy and happy young ones.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sharla Desy

    I am so torn about this book. I get that I am not a member of the intended audience. I don't need to be personally amused by this book. But my job puts me in a position to recommend or not recommend books to children. Is this really what it takes to amuse kids? Poop, death, nuclear explosions? Years ago, I told my daughter's first grade teacher that I didn't like the Junie B. Jones series because Junie's language was full of grammatical mistakes, and I wanted my daughter to speak well. I thought I am so torn about this book. I get that I am not a member of the intended audience. I don't need to be personally amused by this book. But my job puts me in a position to recommend or not recommend books to children. Is this really what it takes to amuse kids? Poop, death, nuclear explosions? Years ago, I told my daughter's first grade teacher that I didn't like the Junie B. Jones series because Junie's language was full of grammatical mistakes, and I wanted my daughter to speak well. I thought Junie B. set a bad example. The teacher stunned me when she said that the kids know Junie's grammar is wrong, and that is why the books are so funny. So I guess my existential problem, a decade after being told kindly and gently to lighten up about Junie B, is whether or not I trust kids to look at Dav Pilkey's poop illustrations, his cartoon exploding planets and his happy, dead clouds...and get the joke. I hope someday to figure out the answer to that question. It's not going to be today.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the overarching message of what Cat Kid was trying to share with everyone but, I didn’t like the story. As an adult how enjoys reading young reader books from time to time I found it’s contents rather misleading. Cat Kid talks about how to find inspiration which is a good idea but then says that it’s okay to copy to someone else’s art. I felt like this was a good opportunity to share with young artists that though it’s okay to copy to learn— publishing that copied work is not okay or s I enjoyed the overarching message of what Cat Kid was trying to share with everyone but, I didn’t like the story. As an adult how enjoys reading young reader books from time to time I found it’s contents rather misleading. Cat Kid talks about how to find inspiration which is a good idea but then says that it’s okay to copy to someone else’s art. I felt like this was a good opportunity to share with young artists that though it’s okay to copy to learn— publishing that copied work is not okay or sharing that work without proper credits is not okay. When Flippy talks to the kids and tells them “just be inspired, create anything” I felt like there could’ve been a better way to address this. OR maybe I’m just being over critical with a children’s book ..

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Namba

    Actually really enjoyed this one. It included a minor lesson on learning how to fail and be ok with it. The kids use different types of art and different styles of writing to come up with their own little books. Of course the teacher is prudey and the kids are not. Not quite as irreverent as the Captain Underpants series so it will be great for younger readers. There are poop jokes, as well as fairly well defined instructions on how to draw poop. I know my nieces and nephews who don't really lik Actually really enjoyed this one. It included a minor lesson on learning how to fail and be ok with it. The kids use different types of art and different styles of writing to come up with their own little books. Of course the teacher is prudey and the kids are not. Not quite as irreverent as the Captain Underpants series so it will be great for younger readers. There are poop jokes, as well as fairly well defined instructions on how to draw poop. I know my nieces and nephews who don't really like to read will enjoy this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    My son and I just finished reading this together and it’s one of our mutual favorites by Dav Pilkey. Wonderful mix of mediums, he pokes fun at himself and we get to watch a former evil genius bad guy try to parent his new family. ‘It’s ok to fail miserably! Just remember to focus on what you love... and always try to improve!’ - this is the perfect bit of uplifting joy that 2020 needs to end on. Dav Pilkey couldn’t have timed this better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A bunch of spunky little tadpoles take a writing class from Cat Kid, aka Lil Petey from the Dog Man adventures. Great tips for writers and all of us who aim to support young writers. It's okay to fail, experiment, and present unfinished work. There are many ways to be creative and you should write about things you love. The less rules, the better. Everyone can create. A bunch of spunky little tadpoles take a writing class from Cat Kid, aka Lil Petey from the Dog Man adventures. Great tips for writers and all of us who aim to support young writers. It's okay to fail, experiment, and present unfinished work. There are many ways to be creative and you should write about things you love. The less rules, the better. Everyone can create.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tim Earp

    Dav Pilkey is amazing. Cat Kids Comic Club is an epic piece of work. How many different comics does he put in here? How many different styles does he use to tell these stories? And did anyone know what beautiful haikus Dav could write?? Seriously? Beautiful haikus. My only complaint is he’s not prolific enough. I want more. More. More. Don’t stop writing, Dav. Ever.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Alvarez

    Another fine entry in Dav Pilkey's wildly successful series of children's books. My son LOVED this, which is great because it is a book that teaches a lot of things I can appreciate, even a few things that surprised me. I didn't expect an argument against imposing moral imperatives on a creative content producer but I was happy to see it. Pilkey does something very subtle in this book and I admire his project. My son's favorite part was the book within a book called The Cute, Little, Fluffy Cloud Another fine entry in Dav Pilkey's wildly successful series of children's books. My son LOVED this, which is great because it is a book that teaches a lot of things I can appreciate, even a few things that surprised me. I didn't expect an argument against imposing moral imperatives on a creative content producer but I was happy to see it. Pilkey does something very subtle in this book and I admire his project. My son's favorite part was the book within a book called The Cute, Little, Fluffy Cloud of Death (he had tears in his eyes from laughing so hard). His only critique was that he didn't get to read the comic titled FrankenFart vs. The Bionic Barf Bunnies from Diarrhea Land. I told him he'll have to write that one himself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Pam Page

    Another hit from Dav Pilkey, one of kids' favorite graphic novelist. I love this book because I know it will encourage kids to want to try drawing their own comics! Pair this with Pilkey's Guide to Creating Comics in 3D and you will have kids creating right away! Another hit from Dav Pilkey, one of kids' favorite graphic novelist. I love this book because I know it will encourage kids to want to try drawing their own comics! Pair this with Pilkey's Guide to Creating Comics in 3D and you will have kids creating right away!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roben

    This is simply marvelous! Thank you, Dav Pilkey, for brightening my day! Kids, comics and stories can be created in so many different ways! Let your imaginations, creativity, and mad skills run wild.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate Carlson

    This book was a really cute graphic novel that was super entertaining. I wish it talked about more lessons or morals but overall I think that it was really funny. The illustrations are so fun and colorful and I think that this is a great book for kids who are trying to like reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Laugh out loud My grandchildren and I spent a perfectly wonderful time reading and laughing about the adventures of the Kat Kid Comic Club. Then both wanted to create their own comics. Thanks, Mr. Pilkey

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bethe

    5 stars. So much fun with Petey, Flippy, and all the little frogs as they learn how to write multi media comics. Life wisdom includes as well: focus on what you love & always try to improve. Love the time out rock. “It’s all death and violence and fart jokes!”

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I think this book is brilliant. It belongs in every classroom, and many teachers would benefit from reading it, too. It could be used in so many writing lessons! Dav Pilkey is a genius. He really, really gets kids.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael E. Jutt

    I loved it David Pilot, I am also one of your biggest fans! I don't get what this is saying but I love your book. I even have all nine of the dogman books. By the way this is Mike's son Sam. I loved it David Pilot, I am also one of your biggest fans! I don't get what this is saying but I love your book. I even have all nine of the dogman books. By the way this is Mike's son Sam.

  30. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    Dav Pilkey has done it again. Read this with my 8 year old, and not only was it entertaining, but it was really good at building the self esteem of any budding artist - it focused on how no idea for a comic is stupid - just get started! Advice anyone of any age can take to heart.

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