Dog Man is one of the best comedic graphic novel series ever written. This graphic novel series for children came out in 2016, and it is still ongoing. These graphic novels are recommended for Reading Level in Grades 1-3 (USA), ages 6+ in the UK. But, this is a fun read for all ages.
Dog Man is written by American author and cartoonist, Dav Pilkey. He is best known as the author of the children’s book series, Captain Underpants, and as the author and illustrator of the children’s graphic novel series, Dog Man.
This graphic novel series follows a crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and all hero! Dog Man is constantly trying to outwit his arch-enemy, cat Lil Petey. With the help of his side-kick, Cat Kid, there is nothing they can’t solve together. Let’s see the order of Dog Man books!
Dog Man Books in Order at a Glance
The Dog Man series is a great introduction for kids to the world of books and graphic novels. As the description of the first book says “Get ready for Action, Suspense, Romance… and Laffs!”, this is a great representation of the whimsical spirit of the series. Here are the books in their release order:
- Dog Man (2016)
- Dog Man Unleashed (2017)
- Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (2017)
- Dog Man and Cat Kid (2018)
- Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (2018)
- Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild (2019)
- Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls (2019)
- Dog Man: Fetch-22 (2019)
- Dog Man: Grime and Punishment (2020)
- Dog Man: Mothering Heights (2021)
This comedic graphic novel series appeals to readers of all ages and explores themes of empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self. Next, we are going to write the synopsis for every installment in the Dog Man book series.
Dog Man Books in Order: Fully Explained
1. Dog Man (2016)
Synopsis: There is a new breed of justice. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is created. Dog Man has the head of a dog and the body of a human, and 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?
2. Dog Man Unleashed (2017)
Synopsis: Dog Man is still learning a few tricks of the trade. Petey the Cat, his arch-enemy, is out of the bag, and his mischievousness is taking the city by storm. There is something fishy going on! Can Dog Man unleash justice on this bad kitty in time to save the city, or will Petey get away with the purr-fect crime?
3. Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (2017)
Synopsis: Dog Man hasn’t always been a positive addition to the police force. This time, Petey the Cat’s dragged in a bit of trouble — a double in the form of a kitten clone. Dog Man will have to work twice as hard to bust Petey and remain top dog!
4. Dog Man and Cat Kid (2018)
Synopsis: Dog Man is back, and this time he’s not alone. This heroic hound with a real nose for justice now has a new sidekick, and together they have a mystery to solve! When a new kitty sitter arrives and a famous movie starlet goes missing, it’s up to Dog Man and Cat Kid to save the day! Will these heroes stay on the trail, or will Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat, send them barking up the wrong tree?
5. Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (2018)
Synopsis: When a bunch of new baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action, and again he isn’t alone. With a cute kitten and a brilliant robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey transform vengeance into virtue?
6. Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild (2019)
Synopsis: Is our hero bad to the bone? Dog Man is sent to the pound for a crime he didn’t commit! While his friends work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. He is a part of both worlds, but will he be able to ever fully fit in with one?
7. Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls (2019)
Synopsis: The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his not-so-good habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of a new supervillain! At the same time, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li’l Petey. But when Petey’s father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.
8. Dog Man: Fetch-22 (2019)
Synopsis: Petey the Cat is out of jail, and he has a brand-new grasp on life, and values. While Petey reassesses what matters most, Li’l Petey is struggling to find the good in the world. Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their heads together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever — Li’l Petey, and the world is counting on them!
9. Dog Man: Grime and Punishment (2020)
Synopsis: Dog Man’s really done it this time! He has to hand over his badge and clear out his desk, but while he may be out of a job, he’s not out of hope. With his best friends at his side, can Dog Man dig himself out of this one and paw his way back onto the force?
10. Dog Man: Mothering Heights (2021)
Synopsis: Dog Man is out of luck, Petey confronts his not-so-perfect past, and Grampa is up to no good. The world is spinning out of control as brand-new villains spill into town. Now, everything seems dark and full of despair. But, hope is not lost. Can the power of love save the day in the end?
Do You Need To Read The Dog Man Book Series In Order?
No, you don’t have to read the Dog Man book series in order. The graphic novel series can be read in any order. The Dog Man books are meant for kids, so every new addition to the series is easy to follow and is more or less a stand-alone story.