Dav Pilkey is a legend in creating exciting and engaging adventure book series for kids of all ages. His characters are funny, brave, and always get into crazy situations. These types of chapter books are perfect for any reluctant reader and the fun illustrations and character arcs will have your kids picking one book up after another.
So let's check out 17 book recommendations inspired by Dog Man, but with their own crazy hilarious flare.
1. The Chicken Squad
This hilarious 6 book Chicken Squad series was written by Doreen Cronin with adorable and exaggerated illustrations by Kevin Cornell. These 4 spunky crime-fighting chicks spend their days on the farm solving mysteries, but things get serious when they see a possible UFO in their backyard, now the adventure really begins!
2. Stick Dog
These funny books are filled with simple child-like illustrations, hence the name...stick dog! This pup is on a mission to find the most delicious burger and gets into all sorts of trouble and exciting escapades along the way. This 12 book series will make you laugh and Stick Dog's quest for burger glory will make your stomach go crazy every chapter!
Ursula Vernon gives us this inspiring 11 book series starring Danny Dragonbreath the dragon who cannot breathe fire. What is he to do? Well, his bravery is fierce and he also has a sea serpent cousin that will try to help him pass his school project and become the fire-breathing dragon he aspires to be.
4. Max Meows
This exciting 3 book graphic novel series by John Gallagher tells the story of regular old Max, a cat living a normal life in a big city. Until one day he eats a radioactive meatball from his friend Mindy's lab and gets superpowers! This cat crusader now has the skills to save the city, which means responsibility...is he up for the challenge?
This best-selling graphic novel series by Judd Winick is a mix of Dog Man and...space robots? Hilo fell from the sky and now has to figure out who or what he is and somehow survive school. His regular, earth-born friends D.J. and Gina are here to help him along the way.
6. Star Wars: Jedi Academy
This Star Wars-inspired original series by Jeffrey Brown follows Roan, a middle schooler wanting to go to Pilot Academy like the men in his family before him, but he is rejected. Instead, he is invited to Jedi Academy under the guidance of Yoda. This 9 book series is a new twist on a classic cast of characters with stories written with tweens in mind.
7. The Babysitter's Club
This long-standing series is an extension of the Baby-sitter's Club graphic novels with over 130 books to choose from and read all day long, as well as a Netflix show! This popular series follows 4 girls who create the BSC and help each other with crying baby struggles, dirty diapers, bad choices, and whatever else life throws at them.
8. Mac B., Kid Spy
This best-selling 6 book series by Mac Barnett tells the self-inspired story of Mac the kid spy for the Queen. Follow Mac as he solves crimes for England and learns some historical facts along the way!
9. Real Pigeons Fight Club
This hysterical graphic novel series by Andrew McDonald is the perfect read for fans of unlikely heroes, silly stories, and comic-style illustrations. These feathered friends love to get into all kinds of trouble trying to solve mysteries and find the best street food for pecking.
10. The Trials of Apollo
This adventurous and mythical 5 book series by Rick Riordan gives readers of the Percy Jackson series something to follow up with. The demigod Apollo is cast down to Earth by his father Zeus and must figure out a way to survive in New York City with no powers or friends. He finds his way to a safe haven for lost deities called Camp Half-Blood, will he fit in and find his way home?
11. The Sandman
This highly acclaimed 11 book graphic novel series by Neil Gaiman is not your average comic book. There is mythology, beautiful illustrations, magical creatures, and mystery filling every page. This complex, whimsical and dark series is suitable for adult readers as well as your child reader.
12. The Flying Beaver Brothers
This unlikely brother duo needs to take a break from their surfing and chilling to rescue their island from evil penguins. The beaver brothers couldn't be more different, Ace is the daredevil brother, while Bub is well...a lazy bum! Can they get their act together and save their tropical paradise in time?
13. The Adventures of Captain Underpants
This classic comic book by the infamous Dav Pilkey starts the reader off with the creation of Captain Underpants. He comes from the imagination of two elementary school trouble-makers named George and Harold. They write their own superhero comic and watch as they slowly come to life on their pages.
14. Phoebe and Her Unicorn
This sweet and colorful 6 book series by Dana Simpson tells the story of Phoebe and how she ends up becoming unlikely best friends with a unicorn named Marigold. The bright illustrations, adorable adventures, and blossoming friendship between girl and unicorn will keep your reader turning the pages.
15. Max and the Midknights
Lincoln Pierce is well-known for the Big Nate series, and this new 3 book series does not disappoint. Set in the middle ages with knights, and surfs, and Max! He wants to be a mighty warrior, but doesn't think he can until his uncle gets taken by the evil king! Can Max and his fellow young knights save his uncle and the kingdom?
16. The Adventures of Kung Fu Robot
This interactive graphic novel by Jason Bays has a free app that unlocks clues, games, and extra content to bring this adventure story truly to life! Kung Fu Robot is a crime fighter and his partner Marvin and he together is crime biters. They need to save the cities stock of peanut butter and jelly from the evil Kung Pow Chicken.
17. The Terrible Two
This 4 book series tells the story of a trouble-making teen named Miles, who is the best prankster at his school. Unfortunately, his family has to move and his new school already has an impressive prankster. Can he out prank this prankster? Will he lose his position at the new school, or will all this messing around get him a new unlikely best friend?