Dog vs. Ultra Dog

by Troy Wilson (Author) Clayton Hanmer (Illustrator)

Dog vs. Ultra Dog
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Tim loves his pet dog, Tuffy, and Tuffy adores his boy. Tim also happens to be an überfan of the TV superhero Ultra Dog: he watches the shows, reads the books, plays the video games, wears the cape, and even sports Ultra Dog underwear. Despite cajoling from the neighboring cat, Tuffy has absolutely no fear that Ultra Dog is stealing his boy. Ultra Dog is too famous to want a regular boy...right? Just in case, Tuffy tries extra hard to be super obedient and to outdo Ultra Dog with his love for Tim. But when Tuffy hears about Tim's upcoming trip to Ultra Land, the faithful pup is officially afraid of losing his boy. What's a dog to do? Fight back, of course! Tuffy enacts a plan to beat Ultra Dog once and for all, and the reward is unexpected--but awesome. Packed with comics-style storytelling, visual cues, and action, this is a great pick for reluctant readers, dog lovers, and superhero fans alike.

Publishers Weekly

"Tuffy loved Tim. And Tim loved Tuffy." Nothing stands in the way of the bond between Tuffy the dog and Tim the boy--until Tim discovers superhero Ultra Dog ("the ultra-est dog in the universe!" ) and becomes Ultra Dog's "ultra-est" fan as he prepares to visit his idol at Ultra Land. Terrified of losing Tim and goaded on by the cat next door, Tuffy decides to do everything in his power to keep Tim from loving Ultra Dog more. His plans range from being "the ultra-est at obedience" to "the ultra-est at chores," but he remains fearful. With only two weeks before Tim's trip, Tuffy decides on a last resort: the hound dons not one but two Ultra Dog capes and tries to fly off the second floor. Wilson (Perfect Man) and Hammer (making his picture-book debut) create a humorous comics-style story featuring bold illustrations and amusing pop-culture references (a poster in Tim's room reads, "To the Dog Star and Beyond!"). Along with the laughs, the tale assures that Tuffy doesn't need to be ultra-anything, just himself, in order to be loved. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
April 20, 2019
Age Range
4 - 7 years

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