Pet Hero Stories for Young 'PAW Patrol' Moviegoers | Read-Alikes

Dogs and cats save the day in these appealing stories for young children about rescue squads and community helpers.


PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.

PG. Theaters. Sept 29.

When a meteor crashes in Adventure City, the PAW Patrol pups are given superpowers, transforming them into the Mighty Pups in this animated feature. The cast includes white actors James Marsden and Kristen Bell, among others.



Dog vs. Ultra Dog by Troy Wilson, illus. Clayton Hanmer. Owlkids. 2019.
Gr K-2–Tuffy the dog has an unbreakable bond with his human boy, Tim. But when Tim gets a chance to meet his superhero idol Ultra Dog, Tuffy starts to worry he might get left behind. Earnest dog fans will enjoy this sweet, humorous tale about a dog trying to prove himself against a superhero.

Emergency Kittens! by Jody Jensen Shaffer. Random House. 2020.
Gr K-2–Mimi, Twee-Twee, and Adorbsthe Emergency Kittensare ready to leap to the rescue with the power of cute in this sweet picture book that will appeal to animal lovers. Pets save the day in this irresistible story.

Emergency Monster Squad by Dave Horowitz. Nancy Paulsen. 2020.
Gr PrS-2–White human Sally and blue monster Gus drive the “amboolance,” helping monsters all over town. A silly story centering on rescue and community helpers.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman. Putnam. 1995.
Gr K-3–When boring, white Officer Buckle teaches safety tips at the elementary school, the kids doze offuntil his dog, Gloria, appears to steal the show. Readers who love canine superheroes will appreciate Gloria and Officer Buckle, too.

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