Dav Pilkey’s Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives arrived in stores this week and currently sits at #6 on Amazon’s best-selling books list, but Pilkey isn’t resting on his laurels. Scholastic has announced that the third volume in the series, Cat Kid Comic Club: On Purpose, will arrive in stores next April.
The series spins out of the popular Dog Man series and features Li’l Petey, aka Cat Kid, as he teaches readers — and a bunch of baby frogs, — about making comics.
“With the Cat Kid Comic Club series, my hope is that kids find joy in reading, appreciate different ways of thinking, and find their purpose as they dream up their own stories,” Pilkey said in a press release.
The most recent volume, Perspectives, featured mini-comics made by the various characters, allowing Pilkey to use a variety of techniques for each of his character’s art styles, including photography, paper models, poetry, clay, collage, calligraphy, gouache, watercolors and more. In On Purpose, Pilkey’s characters “are each trying to find their creative path as they face rejection time and time again.” So, yeah — welcome to the comics industry, kids.
“Dav Pilkey’s books explore themes with universal resonance including friendship, family, empathy, creativity and imagination,” said Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade. “As his longtime publisher, we have witnessed Dav’s amazing ability to engage kids for more than 30 years, and today we are thrilled to see the anticipation and excitement that his Dog Man and Cat Kid Comic Club books bring to children, parents, educators and booksellers worldwide.”