Parents' Guide to

Dog Man Unleashed: Dog Man, Book 2

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Half-man, half-dog, all-heart hero delights in silly sequel.

Dog Man Unleashed: Dog Man, Book 2 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+


Jeff Kiney's Writing brought me to tears. I loved the part when Dog man said its Doggin Time and he Killed Green goblin. I also loved the part when Walter White met Greg Heffley and asked him if he should do it and Greg said "Wahtever man just PeePeePooPoo all over the place". I Loved this.💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀💀. Edit: I wrote a review for the wrong book man.… That is the actaul book im writing the review for.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 2+


Kids love it, everybody in my 3rd grade class is buying it from the school library. I think it is not that good and is overrated. Try Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady. Much better.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (16 ):

The second book in Dav Pilkey's freewheeling series about a half-man, half-dog police officer remains true to form: It's ridiculous, pure fun for reluctant readers and comic book fans alike. The plot in Dog Man Unleashed is more sprawling than the one in the first book, which presented Dog Man's origin story and a few short stories.

The appeal of Dog Man lies in his undeniable canine tendencies: He's always distracted by a ball, he licks bones, and his coworkers rev him up for an assignment the way you'd talk to a dog about to go for a walk. Pilkey -- best known for his Captain Underpants series, a kid favorite often criticized by grown-ups -- cheerfully ends the book by celebrating the "mindless action" and lack of life lessons. Kids will enjoy the silly puns (which/witch doctor, tax/tacks) and goofy plot devices. Pilkey is always on the side of his young readers, and his books are a gift for kids who love reading graphic novels and comics.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate