The Dog Man Series - Dav Pilkey


When we mention the favorite children's novels by American children in recent years, Captain Underpants will definitely be among them. Over the past 20 years since its publication, this set of books has become a must-read classic children's work for almost every child. It is often found in the top bestseller lists in the United States such as The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. It was also made into a film in 2017.

If you have known Captain Underpants, you may feel familiar when you first see Dog Man. That's right! Dog Man is from Dav Pilkey, the author of Captain Underpants. In 2016, when the first book of the Dog Man series was published, it immediately made it to The New York Times bestseller list.

1. About The Dog Man Books

Dog Man is a comedic graphic novel series by American cartoonist Dav Pilkey published by Scholastic Corporation that focuses on a part-dog, part-man police officer. The book series includes nine books, the first released in 2016 and the latest in 2020.

There are 8 characters in the Dog Man series: Dog man, George, Harold, Chief, Cops, Petey, Mayor's, Robo Chief. It mainly talks about the thrilling experience of Cop Dog Man arresting Criminal Petey. Dog man can always catch Petey when Petey wants to escape from Cat jail.

The Dog Man Series

2. Why We Like the Dog Man Series

1. No. 1 on many bestseller lists

In 2016, when the first book of the Dog Man series was published, it immediately made it to The New York Times bestseller list. In 2017, the popularity of this series dominated The New York Times best-selling children's book list for a year. At the same time, it overpowered the old children's novels Harry Potter and Diary of a Wimpy Kid and successfully reached the top of the bestseller list.

At the end of 2017, when Amazon of the United States made the annual hottest children's book selection, it was selected as the top three books for this age group, and it was also the No.1 Best Seller in the Children's Action & Adventure Books Comics.

The New York Times List The Dog Man Series

2. The story of the Dog Man books is humorous

The immature fonts in the book can give children a sense of intimacy and increase their interest in reading. By reading this book, children can really find resonance and love this story.

If you want your children to develop good reading habits, then The Dog Man series of easy and funny stories are the best books for children, so that children can truly get happiness and satisfaction from reading.

The Dog Man Books

3. The language of the Dog Man is very easy to understand

The form of Dog Man belongs to Graphic Novels comic novels, which are children's novels that present long stories or tortuous plots in the form of comics. It is a type of book that bridges the transition from picture books to textbooks.

The language difficulty of Dog Man is about 400L on the Lexile scale, which is lower than the basic chapter books like Magic Tree House. Most of the inside pages are a small picture with dialogue or two, so it is easy for children to read.

The Dog Man Books Inside Page

3. About The Author

Dav Pilkey is an American cartoonist, author, and illustrator of children's literature. Dav Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the children's book series Captain Underpants and the children's graphic novel series Dog Man.

Dav Pilkey had suffered from dyslexia when he was a child, and he couldn't keep up with the reading progress of other children in his class. He couldn't find his favorite books. But fortunately, his parents encouraged him to read any book he likes. Therefore, he chose those books with humorous stories and pictures, the humorous plot attracted him to read page by page, and the pictures gave him clues to understand the meaning of words and the story. In the end, he not only became an excellent reader, but also an excellent writer. Therefore, he created many such books so that children who do not like reading can find happiness in his books and fall in love with reading.

Dav Pilkey

4. The Dog Man Series E-book Resource

You can click here to choose the book in the Dog Man series you like. You can click the "Available to buy" button on the page to get the E-book resource from different platforms.

The Dog Man Series E book Resource

5. Book Reviews

The Dog Man Series are children's novels, if your son, daughter, or nephew likes funny, cool, and comics, this is the book for them. Most young readers like this book very much, and a small number of adults may feel a little naive when reading this book with their children. Below we have excerpted some comments about this book; you can use them as a reference.

Positive Review

  • "I haven't read the books myself but my 7 years old son LOVES them! He stumbled along with one at the library and wouldn't put it down! Highly recommend to help or encourage a child's love for reading."
  • "This has got to be one of the best graphic novels ever! Well done Dav Pilkey! This should be a great book for all school students, and teachers to read! It has lots of humor, and fantastic artwork too! If you do not have this book, I strongly recommend you start reading it! The No.1 best-selling book ever!"

Negative Review

  • "The content of the book is naive and not suitable for adults."
  • 6. Similar Recommended Books

  • Captain Underpants
  • Captain Underpants is another illustrated children's novel series by American author and illustrator Dav Pilkey. Currently, the series includes 12 books, two activity books, 11 spin-offs, and won a Kids' Choice Award on April 4, 2006.

  • Cat Kid Comic Club
  • Cat Kid Comic Club A pioneering new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey. Readers of all ages will be inspired to dream up their own stories and unleash their own creativity as they dive into this new graphic novel adventure from Dav Pilkey and his heartfelt, humorous, and amazing cast of characters in the Cat Kid Comic Club.


    We hope that children can really fall in love with reading through the Dog Man series of books. Dog Man books may inspire your hesitant readers and writers to pick up a book and pen too. Try to buy them for the kids and read them together!

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