|“||Can good deeds outdo evildoers?||”|
–The book's blurb
Dog Man For Whom the Ball Rolls is the 7th book in the Dog Man series. It was written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey and Jose Garibaldi. It was released on August 13th, 2019 (8/13/2019).
- 1 Summary (Work in Progress)
- 1.1 Chapter 1: Rise of the Planet of the Cats
- 1.2 Chapter 2: Behavioral Modification Therapy
- 1.3 Chapter 3: To Heck with the Planet of the Cats
- 1.4 Chapter 4: Papa Knows Best
- 1.5 Chapter 5: A Good Dose of Reality
- 1.6 Chapter 6: A Buncha Stuff That Happened Next
- 1.7 Chapter 7: Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast!
- 1.8 Chapter 8: The Old Man and the Seafood Crackers
- 1.9 Chapter 9: Burgle Balls Attack
- 1.10 Chapter 10: DO GOOD
- 1.11 Chapter 11: The Very Hangry Ratterpillar
- 1.12 Chapter 12: A Farewell to Arms
- 1.13 Chapter 13: Commander Cupcake Returns
- 1.14 Chapter 14: The Mud and the Stars
- 2 Trivia
- 3 Gallery
- 4 Trailer description
Summary (Work in Progress)
Chapter 1: Rise of the Planet of the Cats
Petey is sleeping on an early morning, when he is interrupted by Big Jim, yelling “Petey! You gotta see this!” The news is on TV, where Sarah was thanking the Supa Buddies AND Petey for their heroic bravery during the fire in Brawl of the Wild. Big Jim hugs Petey, when Petey tells him that heroes don’t snuggle. The 7 dogs that were in Dog Jail were also pardoned. Big Jim thinks it is nice, but Petey is the exact polar opposite! Petey says that “ Those dogs are free—— but I’m still locked up! Where’s my pardon?” The other cats, including Big jim agree with him. Petey states that the cats should unite, and they form a revolution! Meanwhile, Chief and Dog Man are chasing a bad guy, until Chief starts to get exhausted. Now only Dog Man is running, when the criminal runs into a dead end. He surrenders, but then takes a ball (one of Dog Man’s obsessions) out of his shirt, and overjoys Dog Man by keeping the ball in his hand, and then throws it. But before he flips it, a Flip-O-Rama occurs. After the Flip-O-Rama, the criminal finally throws the ball, and Dog Man starts running! He runs into Chief, and knocks every piece of his police uniform (except his pants and tank top). He gets angry, and tells Dog Man to go home.
Chapter 2: Behavioral Modification Therapy
Chapter 3: To Heck with the Planet of the Cats
Chapter 4: Papa Knows Best
Chapter 5: A Good Dose of Reality
Chapter 6: A Buncha Stuff That Happened Next
Chapter 7: Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast!
Chapter 8: The Old Man and the Seafood Crackers
Chapter 9: Burgle Balls Attack
Chapter 10: DO GOOD
Chapter 11: The Very Hangry Ratterpillar
Chapter 12: A Farewell to Arms
Chapter 13: Commander Cupcake Returns
Chapter 14: The Mud and the Stars
- Some of the chapter titles, including the book's subtitle, are references to some books by Ernest Hemmingway; "For Whom the Ball Rolls" is a parody of "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "The Old Man and the Seafood Crackers" is a parody of "The Old Man and the Sea", and "A Farewell to Arms" is a reference to the 1929 novel of the same name.
- Petey's speech on Page 50 (Panels 2 and 3) are direct quotes from For Whom the Bell Tolls.
- Big Jim is named after an action figure from the 1970s.
- The Very Hangry Raterpillar is based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
- When the robber throws the ball and Chief's clothes fall off going POW!, this is a reference to the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, when Charlie Brown gets hit by a fly ball on the pitcher's mound.
- At the end of the story, Sarah interviewed Dr Scum about being new. Dr Scum ended the interview after the fourth question due to not being new. It went like this:
- Sarah: What's it like being a newcomer to the world of villainy?
- Dr Scum: I'm not new! I was in the first book!
- Sarah: Has your newness affected your outlook on life?
- Dr Scum: I just said I wasn't new! What is wrong with you? I was in Chapter 2! A LOT!
- Sarah: Have you thought about returning for a second shot at world domination?
- Dr Scum: I JUST DID RETURN! THAT WAS MY SECOND ATTEMPT! WHY DON'T YOU PEOPLE LISTEN?
- Sarah: Has the stress of your newness been a...
- Dr Scum: THIS INTERVIEW IS OVER!!!
- When Li'l Petey tells Petey he abandoned him once, this is a reference to Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties.
- One of the themes of this book, including scenes where Petey and Li'l Petey stepping on the mud while looking at the stars and Chapter 14: The Mud and The Stars, is inspired by Harold's favorite short poem:
- "Two men looked through prison bars. One saw mud. The other, stars." -Author Unknown (but varies to Dale Carnegie or Reverend Frederick Longbridge)
- Commander Cupcake's dialogue on Page 224 is based on this quote:
- "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." -John F. Kennedy
- Dog Man and Li'l Petey are not looking at them in the original cover, but changed at the last minute.
- When Gramp calls Li'l Petey a "jabberjaw", it is a reference to the Hanna-Barbera character of the same name.
- Like Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas, it had concept covers, but was later scrapped.
Concept Art/Behind the Scenes
Dav Pilkey's Dog Man is back! Part dog, part man, all hero! It's a whole new ball game when the heroic hound's former obsession becomes his greatest fear! Will the devious Dr. Scum destroy Dog Man with a bunch of Burgle Balls? And what will happen when Petey's pop comes in and a sugary superhero shows up? Can the Supa Buddies save the day? One thing's for sure. This time it's not enough for the friends to be good, they also have to do good!