BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: Fetch-22

written by David Steffen Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls is a 2019 graphic novel for kids, the eighth in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants). The series so far has been reviewed here. The villain Petey the cat is trying to turn over a new life and be … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: Fetch-22

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls

written by David Steffen Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls is a 2019 graphic novel for kids, the seventh in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants). The series so far has been reviewed here. Our hero Dog Man (half dog, half policeman) is a hero and a very good … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls

TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Dog Man: Attack of the Fleas

written by David Steffen Dog Man: Attack of the Fleas is a cooperative children’s board game released in 2019 based on Dav Pilkey’s popular ongoing Dog Man series of books about a hero with the body of a policeman and the head of a dog (Dav Pilkey is also the author of the Captain Underpants … Continue reading TABLETOP GAME REVIEW: Dog Man: Attack of the Fleas

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild is a 2018 graphic novel for kids, the sixth in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants). The series so far has been reviewed here. Our hero Dog Man (half dog half policeman) is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas

written by David Steffen Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas is a 2018 graphic novel for kids, the fifth in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants). The series so far has been reviewed here. The story starts out as Dog Man (half dog half cop), Lil’ Petey (friendly non-evil immature … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man and Cat Kid is a 2017 graphic novel for kids, the fourth in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants), the series so far has been reviewed here. The title character Dog Man is a half-dog half-policeman who fights crime with the strengths and weaknesses … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties is a 2017 graphic novel for kids, the third in the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey (creator of Captain Underpants), the series has been reviewed here. The title character Dog Man is a half-dog half-policeman who fights crime with the strengths and weaknesses … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man Unleashed is a 2016 graphic novel for kids, the sequel to the popular Dog Man graphic novel, previously reviewed here. In this novel, Dog Man (half dog half policeman) is facing off against both old villains (like Petey the Cat) and new: a telekinetic fish, another Petey made out … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

written by David Steffen Dog Man is a 2016 graphic novel for children written and drawn by Dav Pilkey, the creator of the Captain Underpants books. Just as, in the Captain Underpants books the Captain Underpants comics were invented by in-book characters George and Harold, Dog Man is their newest creation. The story begins with … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

DP FICTION #51B: “Dogwood Stories” by Nicole Givens Kurtz

“Late bloomers have the prettiest blooms,” Sadie’s momma said, after she tapped her on the head with the comb. “So, stop squirmin’.”

“It’s too tight.” Sadie winced, sucking in air to offset the pain. Her scalp burned like someone had set fire to it. She put her hands in her lap and tried to weather the storm, her hands rubbing each other to soothe the pain.

“Tenderheaded. That’s all.” Her momma pinched off a section of hair, and began another braid. 

Sadie stifled a groan and squeezed her eyes tight. Once her momma finished the braid, she rubbed a finger full of grease along the parts, oiling her scalp and providing a balm to her irritated skin. The braids still hurt; the hair pulled taut and confined in the creative style.

With her hands sweating, Sadie gritted her teeth and stopped complaining. Not cause her momma’s braiding had stopped hurting. It did, but she wanted to look nice for the Dogwood Arts Festival. It happened once a year in Knoxville and she loved the early spring weather. Fresh grass, the flowers’ sweet smells and the pollen, giving everything a yellow hue. 

Other places had festivals honoring dogwoods, cotton, and barbeque. Heck even bacon. Here in East Tennessee, beneath the Great Smoky Mountains’ rolling hills and purple mountains, the dogwood reigned.