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DR. DUNCAN DOG ON DUTY!

Author: Lisa Dunn-Dern

Illustrator: Andrea Yomtob

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Publisher: Visikid Books (an Imprint of GS Vision Quest, Inc.),

Material: hard cover

Summary: In this family, everyone has a job. Mom and Dad have their careers and our young narrator has to go to school and do her best. And let's not forget the pets, especially Duncan, the family dog. He may have the most important job of all: visiting the patients at the hospital. This is a picture book about life as a family, told with humor and affirmation.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our little dog-lover went crazy for Dr. Duncan, and proceeded to explain why we needed a dog immediately after we read the story! We had requests to read and re-read this book every evening for about a week.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun book. We love the way it weaves family, individual responsibility, community service, and compassion into a story that young children can understand. It's easy to draw out each of these elements from the characters and activities in the story.

Pros: This is a story with a positive message for children and families, whether you want to introduce the idea of family values, or trying to engender a spirit of community service. The text is such that emerging readers will be able to master it quickly.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!This is a book that will be enjoyed over and over, for a long time. It fact that it has just a few sentences (at most) per page will be great encouragement for new readers.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ONE INCREDIBLE DOG! LADY   KALI LEADS THE WAY   PATCH THE PORCUPINE AND THE BIKE SHOP JOB

Educational Themes: There is plenty to grow on with this book: defining individual roles in the family; talking about how families work; identifying ways to participate in community service; or even just finding ways to get the pets "involved" in something.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2007

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