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Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Nels Steinke is back, and now he’s gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park, an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!
In cartoon format and awash with voice and thought bubbles, kids and canines make a day of it at the dog park.
The Super Duper Dog Park that is. Here our pooch pals can do everything from playing badminton to riding an old-fashioned bicycle, swim underwater, climb trees and howl at the rain. Steinke’s text is geared to be easy reading, but it is not without cleverness: snatches of rhyme or onomatopoeic devices that give a good taste of sound. Sometimes the text can feel almost surreal—while a girl is crying out, “We can bounce!” she is also thinking, “Dogs in the bounce house!” Sometimes there appear to be role-reversals, as when a boy is thinking “Food! Food! I want food!” just as readers might imagine a dog thinks about hunger. The artwork follows the text’s accessible engagement. It's as visually plain-speaking as a Nancy comic strip but also active and varied; the drive to the dog park—kids and dogs only, dog behind the wheel—passes through verdant fields, parched desert and snow-capped alpine ridges.
Both colorful and high spirited, this title will give new readers a good run for their money. (Graphic early reader. 6-9)
With a background in hand-drawn animation, Aron Nels Steinke began self-publishing comics in 2006 with the help of a grant from the Xeric Foundation. Aron's all-ages graphic novel, Neptune, was published in 2009 by Sparkplug Comic Books and Tugboat Press. Currently, he spends his days as an elementary school teacher and his nights writing and drawing his next book. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and three cats.
Hardcover. For ages 6-9. Also available in paperback for $4.99 USA | $5.99 CAN (ISBN: 978-1-60905-184-6).
USA 10.99 | Canada 11.99