Some people believe that reading is a great way to learn and grow. Some read to escape reality and retreat into another world. Some read because they enjoy the story, characters, or style of the author. Others might not be able to choose the book themselves but have a parent who will let them pick for them for their next birthday or holiday gift.
There’s no shortage of children’s books about talking dogs, but there are not many (at least in this writer’s experience) about talking dogs who are also secret agents on the hunt for a new weapon.
This post is all about book recommendations for any kid who likes to read graphic novels and wants to explore other adventures with anthropomorphic animals. I’ll include a few of my daughter’s favorite graphic novel series, as well as some that I have read myself and enjoyed immensely.
Top 30 Books Like Dog Man For Kid
1. Real Pigeons series by Andrew McDonald
In the series, hard-working children have to deal with annoying birds. They come in shapes and sizes, but they always make life difficult for the kids. The first book in this series is called “Real Pigeons Can’t Fly,” and it’s about an ordinary pigeon who is seething with anger and anxiety because he can’t fly like a superhero.
2. Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon
Dragonbreath series is perfect for your little hero in training. All of the books feature a reptilian protagonist named Pete who suffers from all the same endearing hallmarks of childhood as most of us do.
3. Notebook of Doom series by Troy Cummings
This series is about a kid who discovers a notebook that belongs to a dog man named Garv. This notebook tells about the adventures of Garv, who is an older gentleman living in an abandoned house with his best friends, Roxanne and Meatball.
4. Haggis and Tank series by Jessica Young
In this series, there are 2 main characters, Hag and Tank. Hag is a lizard and Tank is a purple tank designed by the military for hunting in jungles. Together, they face many obstacles (like being hunted by other creatures) on their way to find Haggis’ dad.
5. My Weird School graphic novel series by Dan Gutman
This series is about a boy named Daniel, who goes to a school called Weird Academy. In this school, kids have many weird stories (like having hair with no roots and being made of rubber), which the kids use to their advantage in the meantime.
6. Caveboy Dave series by Aaron Reynolds:
In this series, the main character is a guy named Dave who is made of stone and can only speak cave-speak. He is shipped off to school with a human named Wendy. In this series, Dave meets many other strange creatures that he doesn’t know about and goes on different adventures.
7. Max Meow series by John Gallagher:
Max is a cat who is made of wool, fur and sponge. He learns about the world in this series by trying to learn about himself. In this series, he meets many other animals (like rabbits, bunnies, dogs that live under the sea and mutant birds) who also have their own problems and adventures along with Max.
8. Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
This series is about the characters that work in a cafeteria. In the cafeteria, many strange things happen (like the food growing legs and crawling away). In this series, when a new lunch lady named Lunch Lady Lorraine comes into the cafeteria, she tries to solve all of their problems.
9. The Yeti Files series by Kevin Sherry
The Yeti Files series by Kevin Sherry is an exciting and entertaining read. Follow the adventures of 12- year- old Justin and his family as they travel around the world in search of lost clues that will answer age-old questions: what are giants? Where do they come from? And just how can they be stopped?
10. The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey is a story about two very mischievous boys, Lee and Dave. The two don’t seem to be able to do anything right, but they always find ways of getting into trouble. They cause mayhem at school and dig up the neighbor’s prize pot plants in their quest for excitement. At home, they sneak out of the house at night and make so much noise that their mum can’t stand it anymore.
11. Mac B., Kid Spy by Mac Barnett:
Mac B., Kid Spy by Mac Barnett is a hilarious fast paced adventure that will have readers wishing they could be a kid spy. Mac B. discovers he has super-powers when he is tricked into drinking an odd potion by a mad scientist. He’s now able to steal back anything or anyone without being seen! But when his parents are kidnapped, Mac realizes that being there for people you love might be more important than having super powers.
12. InvestiGators series by John Patrick Green
InvestiGators series by John Patrick Green is a thrilling and suspenseful series. About a group of kids who turn their love for mystery solving into a business. They are called InvestiGators and put advertisements in the school newspaper for students to hire them for private detective work.
13. Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat series by Johnny Marciano
Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat series by Johnny Marciano will have kids on the edge of their seats as they eagerly turn each page. Klawde is a bad alien warlord who uses a giant claw and his army of evil alien creatures to seize control of Earth. With all the other alien warlords out to get him, Klawde has to be on his toes. But when new bad aliens land on Earth, Klawde discovers that he’s in for a very different kind of invasion!
14. Max and the Mid knights Series by Lincoln Pierce
Max and the Midknights series by Lincoln Pierce is an exciting, first chapter book series about a boy named Max and his best friends Gus, Daphne, and Joe, who are also superheroes. When the evil sorceress Amara unleashes an army of monstrous beasts to conquer the kingdom, the Midknights can’t be stopped! This fun new series will have kids racing through the pages as they follow Max and his friends as they protect their kingdom from evil.
15. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novel series by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novel series by Rick Riordan and Robert Venditti is based on the best-selling novel series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. In this graphic novel adaptation, readers will follow Percy and his friends as they rescue their friends from the Underworld. But when Percy discovers that Hades wants revenge for stealing Zeus’ thunderbolts, he has to go back into the Underworld to save Camp Jupiter—the Roman camp that he helped build.
16. Mighty Jack Trilogy by Ben Hatke
The Mighty Jack Trilogy by Ben Hatke is a three book series about a little boy named Jack who is the size of a teddy bear. He’s just your average, everyday kid who doesn’t have much going for him, until the day he finds a magic ring in his yard. From that moment on, Jack meets an assortment of characters and powers from different mythologies. As Jack uses his new talents to solve problems in his neighborhood and at school—he attracts unwanted attention from the local baddies!
17. Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger:
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger is a hilarious book about Dwight, a skeptical sixth grader, and his best friends Tommy and Sam. One day Tommy gives Dwight a paper fortune teller named Yoda and says that he can predict the future.
18. CatWad by Jim Benton
CatWad by Jim Benton is a highly entertaining, funny, and relatable kids book. It follows the journey of four unlikely heroes as they try to save the world from an evil mega corporation. The four heroes have a lot in common with superheros—from their special powers to their alter-egos. But unlike superheros, they’re having trouble saving the world without some help.
19. Catstronauts by Drew Brockington:
Catstronauts by Drew Brockington is a suspenseful science fiction thriller about a group of misfits who fight against the evil Catzo Monger. The kids on Catstronauts have to use every power they have to stop the giant cat from destroying Earth with his giant space rocket. This fast paced story will keep readers wondering what wild powers these kids will get.
20. Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown:
Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown is a hilarious first chapter book series about a young Jedi named Zander. Zander is always being picked on and he has just one wish—to learn the truth about his parents’ disappearance. But when he starts at Jedi Academy, he has to deal with bullies and his new classmates! Will he be able to face these challenges? And will he find out what happened to his parents?
21. The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso
The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso is a hilarious series about the silliest dodgeball game you’ll ever read about. When Dory and her crew of friends find out that their school is hosting the first dodgeball tournament, they feel like they have to participate or be left out. But when they enter the competition, none of them have any idea what’s going to happen.
22. Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody
Cat Ninja by Matthew Cody is a hilarious graphic novel about a reluctant ninja named Eric. Eric’s parents insist he trains at the ninja academy, but he would rather be playing video games with his friends. Then one day, the evil Samurai Cat attacks and kidnaps all of Eric’s friends! It’s up to Eric to defeat the cunning Samurai Cat and rescue them.
23. The Flying Beaver Brothers by Maxwell Eaton III
The Flying Beaver Brothers by Maxwell Eaton III is a fun series about two brothers, Gil and Barry Beaver, who fly on a flying beaver. The brothers spend their days going on adventures in their flying beaver and trying to collect as many items as they can. When they’re not exploring, they’re solving crimes or helping people. But when the flying beaver needs repair and can’t find anyone able to fix it, Gil and Barry have to take matters into their own hands!
24. Two Dogs in a Trenchcoat by Julie Falatko:
Two Dogs in a Trenchcoat by Julie Falatko is a hilarious and silly tale about two dogs who love to wear disguises. They wear disguises for everything—from doing chores to attending school. Then one day, the dogs are going to Hollywood. Their father says they have an appointment with “the biggest producer in Hollywood.” But when dad doesn’t return from the meeting, the dogs set out on an adventure through Los Angeles and discover that their father has disappeared!
25. Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman
Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny by John Himmelman is a humorous trilogy about a bunny who has to improve his fears in order to save his village. As Bunjitsu Bunny travels through the land and learns various things, he has to deal with bad guys and his own worries. He has to learn to believe in himself or his mission will never succeed!
26. Super Turbo by Lee Kirby
Super Turbo by Lee Kirby is a hilarious graphic novel series that follows a reluctant superhero who has just discovered his abilities. The first book starts with Ben on the night of the big school dance. He never wanted to go and he’s really upset, but when the evil Mr. Boney decides to kidnap his favorite teacher, he decides it’s time to do something about it!
27. Ham Helsing by Rich Moyer
Ham Helsing by Rich Moyer is the hilarious story about a vampire who likes to hang out with his hamster friends. Ham Helsing is more of an observer than a participant and that’s how he likes it! But when a scientist reveals the fact that hamsters are vampires, Ham must admit to his true identity or he’ll become an eternal monster. Will Ham be able to handle this new reality? And can he continue to be friends with his hamster friends without revealing his secret?
28. Agent Moose by Mo O’Hara
Agent Moose by Mo O’Hara is a hilarious comic book series that follows the adventures of an unlikely duo. Agent Brooke and Agent Joe are partners who handle clandestine assignments. The two agents have only just met but they have to work together! Will their partnership last or will their differences prove to be too much for them?
29. Red Panda and Moon Bear by Jared Rosello
Red Panda and Moon Bear by Jared Rosello is a hilarious graphic novel series about two panda bears who are the best of friends. They always get in trouble together and they have to discover a new way to escape danger together. When one day, Mother Nature traps them into a glass cage, they decide it’s time for an adventure! But what kind of adventure will they have? It might be time for Red Panda and Moon Bear to test their friendship against the harshest creatures in the jungle!
30. Mayor Good Boy by Dave Scheidt
Mayor Good Boy by Dave Scheidt is a hilarious graphic novel series that follows a young dog who wants to be the best mayor he can be. He goes to school and he tries to earn people’s votes, but there are so many things that can get in his way. Will Dog ever live up to his political potential and get the job done?