Tuesday, March 15, 2016
GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog by Tom Watson
ABOUT THE BOOK
In Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, Tom Watson's hilarious sequel to Stick Dog, Stick Dog returns with the same crew of friends, and they're hungrier than ever. As the dogs embark on their quest for hot dogs, they learn they're not the only ones on a mission—a band of raccoons are following close behind, and they're ravenous, too!
In this second book, Stick Dog and his four friends, Poo-Poo, Mutt, Stripes, and Karen, must execute a master plan for stealing hot dogs. The closer they get to the hot dog vendor, the more difficult their mission becomes. With the same hilarious antics, the five dogs are met with many challenges along the way, including having to distract the frankfurter guy and Karen getting locked in a human's house. No matter what, these dogs have their eyes—and stomachs—on the prize.
If you enjoy what I like to call 'stupid' humor than this book may very well be for you. Unfortunately, I find 'stupid' humor a bit irritating at times. Stick Dog is the only one of the five dogs in the story with any sense, the other four dogs are all clearly lacking in the thinking department (Poo Poo, Karen, Mutt, and Stripes). So when the dogs discover a hot dog cart and start planning a way to get the frankfurters, all but Stick Dog have really silly ideas (helicopter, anyone?). The fact that a band of raccoons is sneaking ever closer to the cart as well provides some competition for the dogs. A side plot involving Karen hiding in a laundry basket slows down the operation but doesn't end it. I can see young readers who enjoy the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series or Dork Diaries really liking the dumbness evidenced throughout the book, but it was a bit much for me. The illustrations are relatively simple but appealing.