Dog Man (Dog Man #1)

by Dav Pilkey (Author) Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)

Dog Man (Dog Man #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Dog Man
George and Harold have created a new breed of justice -- one that is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO! With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound digs into deception, claws after crooks, rolls over robbers, and scampers after squirrels. Will he be able to resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? 

Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one's self.
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An utter, unfettered delight.


High-intensity, heartwarming, and, above all, hysterically funny. 

Publisher's Weekly

Dog Man, "a brand-new crime-fighting sensation" created by surgically attaching the head of a police dog to the body of a policeman, gets his own full-color adventure in this terrifically funny spin-off comic from Pilkey (the character's origins were previously revealed in Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers). Dog Man doesn't play by the rules, whether it's the rules about being housebroken or the ones about not giving the police chief slobbery dog kisses. But desperate times require maverick behavior: Petey the cat, one of the loopiest villains in children literature, has four chapters' worth of evil plots aimed at taking Dog Man down—from destroying all books to make the world "supa dumb" (a tactic that will be familiar to those who read Pilkey's contribution to Comics Squad: Recess!) to unleashing a "weenie-lution" of oversensitive living hot dogs ("We're not cute, either! We're gangsta!" insists their very touchy leader). Jose Garibaldi's coloring makes every page of this superlative police procedural spoof look as sharp as it is silly, and readers (of any age) will be giggling from start to finish. Ages 7-up. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 1-4—Part canine, part human, Dog Man is a crime-fighting sensation. He fights crime, sniffs out wrongdoing, and battles his doglike tendencies. His nemesis is Petey, a cat who cooks up devilish plans in his secret lab. The pages are filled with bold lines and colorful artwork that has a childlike feel and will delight readers. In an author's note, Pilkey explains that Dog Man is based on a character he created back in second grade, when he longed for silly books, and states that he hopes his title will help children associate reading with fun and even inspire some to craft their own stories. The text contains intentional grammatical errors, so readers should be prepared for misspellings. Panels that feature instructions on how to draw will motivate budding artists. VERDICT A riotously funny and original addition for all elementary school collections.—Lisa Gieskes, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Amazing, Wonderful Performance Dav!

so fun



5 star


it was a funny book. It was a book it was a bat capin unr pass GooD BOOk

Dog Man (Dog Man#1)

i like dog man because he defeated petey and he had a sidekick named lil petey and it came with lots of pages and kept me entertained me and does not keep me bored.And I like the shading of the dogman on the cover. and plus it makes me learn about new words and stuff and i think dav pilkey is cool.

i like this book

i like this book because i like animales and he a super hero

awsome book

I loved this book for kids It some sad parts but al thoe I loved it so much thank you so so so much.




I like it

why dog man is great for all ages.

This book has story, funny characters, and more. I think this book is for all ages because I reed it at a somewhat, young age and I'm older know and I still love it. This book has a great writer and I love the simple art style.

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it was good it had many cool pictures cool action and yea

I like this book.

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I love the book Dog Man it is so interesting if I'm bored I might just look at the pages.

I loved dog man when I was little.

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When I was a child I really enjoyed all of the "dog man" books. And it all started with this book, the beginning of how I started reading them. It made me sad in the beginning but I really liked the story! I think kids from 1st grade to higher will enjoy these books!

this book was awesome I rekimend it for biginer readers

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this book is awesome. i think you should read the hole series. its short funny crazy wierd in a good way

it was good and fun

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i like dog man. because it inspired me to be brave and to never give up.

I like the book because it was funny and I enjoyed reading it I think you should read this book it is a good book

I loved this book

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This book is cool and I like how they switch their two bodies and then dog man was the problem at first then he became the hero at the end. If you like dogs and super heros then you will like this book.

This book was so good I read this book every day. I some the book was funny book this

Dav Pilkey

When Dav Pilkey was a kid, he was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. Dav was so disruptive in class that his teachers made him sit out in the hallway every day. Luckily, Dav loved to draw and make up stories. He spent his time in the hallway creating his own original comic books -- the very first adventures of Dog Man and Captain Underpants. In the second grade, Dav's teacher ripped up his comics and told him he couldn't spend the rest of his life making silly books. Fortunately, Dav was not a very good listener.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 03, 2021
Dog Man
BISAC categories
JUV008020 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Superheroes
JUV008040 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Action & Adventure
JUV008110 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Humorous
JUV008050 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Animals
Library of Congress categories
Graphic novels
Cartoons and comics
Humorous comics
Comic (Graphic works)

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