Graphic novels are packed with learning opportunities. Don't let the limited text on each page fool you. When we read the pages above together, we talked about at least four different lessons: 1) The text in capital letters being read in a loud voice and with great expression. 2) Onomatopoeia words (words that describe and imitate their sounds) such as "ring ring" and "splash." 3) A caption box showing a passage of time (Then...) and 4) Labeling (guard, cat jail, and chief) within the illustrations. Plus, there's all the punctuation to discuss! On this page spread alone, there are periods, exclamation marks, question marks, commas, an apostrophe, and an ellipsis. (For more fun ways to introduce dots, dashes, and question marks, share these books featuring all types of punctuation.)
The Dog Man series hasn't just inspired my kiddos to read, but to also draw and write. Dav Pilkey makes it easy and accessible for kids to create their own Dog Man tales. At the end of each book, he includes several step-by-step drawing guides of the characters. In Dog Man, my kids learned to draw Dog Man, Petey, and Philly with different expressions (happy, sad, determined, sleepy, and more).