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Dog & Hat and the Lost Polka Dots

Book No. 1
By Darin Shuler
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Adventure Time, Nickelodeon, and Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared meet in this wonderfully strange and funny adventure of two best friends.  With its distinctive, comic strip–like art style and lighthearted, off-the-wall concept...
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"A yellow dog and his best friend, a talkative green chapeau, embark on an extraordinary quest through the sewers in this madcap graphic novel debut, a series starter from Shuler. . . . [G]oofy banter drives the wild tale forward . . . Busy, color-saturated panels explode with urban patterns, and scenes burst with humorous details and hidden objects . . . [V]isually appealing, [this] action-packed adventure is wildly absurdist.
—Publishers Weekly

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Adventure Time, Nickelodeon, and Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared meet in this wonderfully strange and funny adventure of two best friends. 

With its distinctive, comic strip–like art style and lighthearted, off-the-wall concept, this chapter book is a breath of fresh air for brand-new readers! Dog and Hat are two of the best friends you could ever hope to meet—they are practically inseparable. When the dots on Dog’s favorite shirt get lost down a storm drain, it’s up to him and Hat to wander through the twisting underbelly of the city to find them. As they navigate a labyrinth of sewers, they encounter a dark but exciting new world, unforeseen dangers, and help in unexpected places. Magic, humor, and curiosities abound in this story of a daringly weird dynamic duo that is sure to have adventurous young readers thrilled to be along for the ride.

TOTALLY UNIQUE: The illustrations for this book are like nothing you’ve seen before! The loose, exaggerated style, bright, popping colors, and unconventional character design evoke 1990s cartoons and Sesame Street. Kids will delight in this playfully absurd book that’s meant just for them.

A FRIENDSHIP STORY: Dog and Hat are irresistible, charming characters, but it’s the dynamic between them that truly shines. They are refreshingly supportive and affectionate, and they know each other in ways only best friends can. Readers will love getting to know this lovably strange duo as they work together, no matter what life throws at them!

COMIC BOOK APPEAL: Kids familiar with comic books and graphic novels will feel right at home with this comic book–inspired story! It’s bright, graphic, and sure to hold the reader’s attention.

IT’S A SERIES: Get ready for book two! This is just the first Dog and Hat adventure.

Perfect for:

  • Kids who are fans of comics and graphic novels
  • New readers looking for a quirky, unique story
  • Fans of Nickelodeon and/or Adventure Time
  • Illustration and art fans
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 80
Size: 7 x 9 v
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years
Publication Date: 03/29/2022
ISBN: 9781797206882
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Darin Shuler is an award-winning comics artist from the Pacific Northwest. Growing up, he spent any minute he could reading, watching, and drawing cartoons. He loves to make stories about friends who go on adventures together and learn about themselves and each other along the way. Dog and Hat is his first children's book. He lives with his partner, two daughters, and mother-in-law in Bothell, Washington.

"A yellow dog and his best friend, a talkative green chapeau, embark on an extraordinary quest through the sewers in this madcap graphic novel debut, a series starter from Shuler. . . . [G]oofy banter drives the wild tale forward . . . Busy, color-saturated panels explode with urban patterns, and scenes burst with humorous details and hidden objects . . . [V]isually appealing, [this] action-packed adventure is wildly absurdist.
Publishers Weekly

"This first book in a new series with eye-popping comic book–style illustrations introduces a yellow anthropomorphic dog and his green talking hat. . . . Expect to giggle over the fun facts, puns, jokes in the chapter titles, and asides. A seek-and-find prompt on the endpapers provides extra incentive to pore over the uber-colorful, busy illustrations. A treat for the eyes, this fast-paced adventure with an ever growing group of friends is both wild and witty."
Kirkus Reviews