Published: January 13, 2017
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Author: Website
Info: Goodreads

They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys . . . and they even smell like bad guys. But Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are about to change all of that . . .

Mr. Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys’ first good mission. They are going to break two hundred dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr. Snake please stop swallowing Mr. Piranha?! (

This book is just incredibly adorable. Initially I wasn’t sure if it was an adult book in comic form or a kids book because some of the humor does get a little dark. But reading the blurb on Goodreads it calls itself a chapter book so children’s book it is!

I freaking love the art. Especially when the characters get all bug-eyed or insensate or chuffed. And the shark getting dressed up in women’s clothing. Ha! Looking at Blabey’s other books on his website he seems to have a style that really speaks to my amusement. Just those googly-eyed characters that look a bit frazzled . . . they speak to me and they just move in.

It’s a cute story too, about a wolf who’s sick of the bad rep he has just because he’s a wolf so he tries to do good and recruit others to do good and they look at him a little side-eyed for doing it. Eventually the wolf gets them to go along with his plan and they may or may not have a different view of things by the end of their escapades.

THE BAD GUYS has a good little message about not judging a book by its cover and one bad deed doesn’t forever brand a person as bad and all of that. So good for kids in that regard. But as an adult (usually) I was so incredibly amused by the jokes and the art that I want to keep reading in the series! I just want to look at the pictures. It’s nice to look at the pictures every once in a while.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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