Dog Man is a comedic children’s graphic novel series created by Dav Pilkey, an American cartoonist, and author. The first book in the ongoing series was released in 2016 and published by Scholastic Corporation.
The Dog Man book series follows the adventures of a dog/human hybrid cop who is protecting the city in which he resides with his friends.
The Dog Man series takes place in the same fictional universe as Captain Underpants. According to the lore, the two protagonists of Captain Underpants, George Beard and Harold Hutchins, created Dog Man when they were in kindergarten.
As of 2020, all 10 of the Dog Man books have collectively sold over 3.8 million copies.
In December 2020, DreamWorks Animation announced that a “Dog Man” feature film is in development with Peter Hastings in the director’s seat.
Who is Dog Man?
Dog Man is the main character of Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man book series. He is part dog and part man. Even though his body is human, he still retains his dog’s senses. He cannot speak English but can write and understand it easily.
Dav Pilkey’s Biography
Dav Pilkey, or David Murray Pilkey Jr., is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and author of children’s literature. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and was brought up in a conservative Christian household.
As a young child, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He was also frequently reprimanded at school for his behavior in class. His antics at school ended up becoming the inspiration for the Captain Underpants character.
Other than the Dog Man book series, Dav Pilkey is also the creator and illustrator of Captain Underpants, Dumb Bunnies, Cat Kid Comic Club, and Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot.
Dog Man Books in Order
Dog Man, released in 2016, is the first book in the popular children’s series. Unlike the rest of the books in this popular series, every chapter in this book tells an independent story. In this book, we learn that Dog Man’s arch-nemesis, Petey, accidentally created Dog Man.
The second book in the Dog Man book series is Dog Man Unleashed, which was released in 2016. Dog Man: Unleashed was released in 2016 and tells the story of Dog Man trying to find the mysterious stranger who stole from the pet store with his telekinetic powers on the chief’s birthday.
Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties is the third book in the hit children’s cartoon series, Dog Man. This book was released in 2017 and revolves around Petey and his clone Lil’ Petey. While Petey self-proclaims to be the “world’s most evilest cat,” his counterpart, Lil’ Petey, is pure-hearted.
Dog Man and Cat Kid, which was released in late 2017, is the fourth book in the popular children’s graphic novel series. The story in this book revolves around Dog Man and Lil’ Petey after they become superheroes.
The fifth book in the hit children’s graphic novel Dog Man is Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas. Its title is a play on the title of the hit novel “Lord of the Flies.” This book follows Dog Man and his new SUPA BUDDIES as they face the evil pig Piggy.
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wind, is the sixth book in the Dog Man series. Not only is the title of this book a play, “The Call of the Wind,” a popular play, but it is also inspired by it.
Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls is inspired by “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” which is an Ernest Hemingway novel. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls is the 7th book in the dog man series.
Dog Man: Fetch 22 is the eighth book in the Dog Man series. This book follows the story of Dog Man as he faces the Fair Fairy, Barky McTreeface, and 22 extremely angry psychokinetic tadpoles.
It was released in 2020 and is the ninth book in the series.It follows the antics of Dog Man after he gets fired by the mayor for digging in his garden and destroying the city hall.
Mothering Heights is the tenth book in the Dog Man book series and revolves around Dog Man, who is down on his luck, and Petey, the evilest cat, confronting his not-so-perfect past.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grade level is Dog Man books?
Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey are appropriate for children from grade 2 and up.
How many Dog Man books are there
There are 10 Dog Man books as of now.
Is Dog Man good for kids?
Dog Man books are perfect for kids of grade two and upwards.
What age group is Dog Man books for?
Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey are appropriate for children of the age 7-10 years.
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Why is Dog Man so popular?
Dog Man books are funny with characters and plots that enthrall kids of the age 7-10 years. The story of books also teach some valuable life lessons forgiveness, empathy, kindness and persistence. The illustrations also resonate with young children.
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