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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Books For Boys #7: Kat Kong

Yeah!  I'm so excited to get back to our weekly "Books for Boys" series.  If you're new to the series, check out the "Books For Boys" tab under the header to see the previously reviewed books.

This week's book, Kat Kong written and "directed" by Dav Pilkey.

As an elementary school teacher, Dav Pilkey was always one of my favorite authors.  He's so good at infusing humor and creativity into his poetry and stories.  He's always been one of those authors that boys gravitate towards so it was no surprise when my boys started asking for Kat Kong on a regular basis.

The illustrations for the book are "manipulated photographic collages".  Which means, Dav photographed his stars and then touched up the photos with a bit of paint.  The real life animals are a big hit for my youngest and the added comic book-like effect is a big pull for the older guys.

The real magic of the story comes in pun form.  The story line basically follows the traditional "King Kong" story line replacing the people with mice and King Kong with a cat.  Even the names of the mice, such as Captain Charles Limburger inspire a laugh.

For a girl who grew up in a house full of puns, this book is a winner.  Around each turn you find yet another play on words, "let the cat out of the bag" and the "cat's got my tongue being my favorite idioms.

In the end, the story line must be true to its roots and the big cat must fall.  Captain Limburger comes up with a plan to end the cat's reign of terror on Mousopolis.

And as always, it's curiosity which gets the cat in the end.

*We also highly recommend Dav's Pilkey's Dogzilla which uses the same literary and illustrative techniques.

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