Scholastic has announced plans for a five million-copy first printing of Dav Pilkey's upcoming Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild graphic novel. Scheduled for release December 24 under Scholastic's Graphix imprint, this is the latest in the Dog Man series by Pilkey - already an acclaimed author for his Captain Underpants series.
“I wrote the Dog Man books for the kid I used to be - someone who wanted to do well in school but struggled with reading," said Pilkey. "I remember feeling like a misfit and an outsider a lot of times and I’m grateful to my parents who believed in me when it was hard to believe in myself. Their support and encouragement set me on a path to becoming an author and artist."
The previous volume, Lord of the Fleas, was released back in August with a three million-copy first printing. It went on to debut #1 overall in bestseller lists ranging from the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly.
“The humor and heart in the Dog Man books combined with Dav Pilkey’s inspiring personal story and positive message have struck a chord among kids, parents, and educators everywhere," says Scholastic Trade's President Ellie Berger. "The demand for the series has been phenomenal and we couldn’t be more excited with this level of anticipation for Dog Man and Lil Petey’s newest adventure. We’re absolutely thrilled that there will be even more books to come from Dav Pilkey!”
A follow-up to Brawl of the Wild titled For Whom the Ball Rolls is already scheduled for August 13, 2019.