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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—Sylver and Smith have created the perfect browsable title about that quintessential kid food. Full of easily digestible information bites, the book takes a peek at the beginnings of these sausage tubes in ancient Rome, but really gets into the gustatory story when the hot dog hits America's shores in the 19th century. The book also loads up readers with sidebar tidbits that include riddles, stats, hot-dog nomenclature, condiment news, contests, and more. The goofy, full-color retro cartoons match the frenetic pace of the text with food, people, and critters flying, jumping, and careering across the pages. Kids who have a hunger for some facts on hot dogs will definitely want to savor this book.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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From Booklist

The fact that there is so much argument about who made the first hot dog says a lot about its appeal. (If you say “frank,” you're siding with the Frankfurt, Germany, contingent; if you say “wiener,” you're making the folks in Vienna, Austria, happy.) This zany picture book takes eaters—that is, readers—through the snack's journey from Roman pig-intestine delicacy to its modern ubiquity at ball parks, cookouts, and dinner tables. Key for the American audience is the nineteenth-century immigration that led to dog stands gaining popularity in hot spots like Coney Island. Sidebars patterned with a retro-cool look clash with the Mad magazine–style cartoon art, but the visual chaos is intentional and plays into the mustard-stained mitts of the target audience. Fun facts fly fast and furious: L.A. is America's dog-hungriest city; the wiener equivalent at South African sporting events is beetroot salad. Also included are regional dog differences (get that ketchup off my Chicago Dog!), the rise of the veggie dog, recipes, and plenty of mouth-watering photos. Don't read before lunch. Grades K-3. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (May 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525478973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525478973
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrienne Sylver grew up in Ohio, where she rooted for the Cleveland Indians and learned to appreciate a good stadium hot dog. She has a master's degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and has worked as a newspaper reporter and public relations writer. Today, she lives in Miami with her husband, Mike, and children, Nick and Meaghan.

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Children of all ages and adults young at heart will love this book.
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Lots of really interesting information, fun illustrations, entertaining writing and great prompts for activities and discussions.
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You just can't miss with Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whatcha Reading Now? on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Who knew that Americans eat enough hot dogs in July to circle the Earth seven times?

This and other fun facts are included in Adrienne Sylver's Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog. Readers can follow the saga from the hot dog's humble beginnings through space travel and beyond. (Do you know who ate the first hot dogs in space?). Comical sidebars cover everything from languages to famous moments in hot dog history. Weiner lovers of all ages will enjoy the quirky trivia and appreciate the very real nutritional history about why hot dogs became so popular in the first place.

Cartoon illustrations by Elwood H. Smith are amusing and clever. Comical drawings of the unexpected: nervous pigs, dinosaurs and famous historical figures make this book an undeniable treat.

The wurst thing? There aren't titles like this for hamburgers and fries and milk shakes and...well, you get the idea. Because, frank-ly, non-fiction isn't usually this much fun!
-- Reviewed by Michelle Delisle
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog pairs food facts with American history to provide a lively, often hilarious picture book survey of how the hot dog became a part of American culture. From regional differences between hot dogs to a 'hot dog farm' and beyond, this is a fine, lively survey for any elementary-level reader!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norma Davids on April 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Adrienne Sylver's HOT DIGGETY DOG ~ THE HISTORY OF THE HOT DOG is a treat for both young and old alike. For "oldies" like myself, it's reminiscent of ballparks, circuses, and Fourth of July picnics. Filled with "foodie" facts (Neil Armstrong ate hot dogs on the way to the moon!) and hilarious illustrations that show us how the humble hot dog rose to fame and became part of every American's heritage.

Sylver's skilled writing ability shines in that she's created a book that is equally informative and entertaining for children of all ages. As an English teacher, myself, I've found it to be an eagerly-read book by superior students and reluctant/special needs students, as well. It's also a great gift for any hot dog lover! However, I must warn you ~ After reading Sylver's book, I "double-dog" dare anyone to resist the temptation to bite into a mouth-watering, mustardy, sauerkrauty Hot Dog! Buy this book! I promise you will "relish" it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Geerling on April 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a reading tutor, I've used Hot Diggity Dog with both rabid and reluctant readers. For the child who loves to read, the book is filled with interesting facts about one of their favorite foods. For the reluctant reader, the fun illustrations, side notes, and crisp writing draw them in and keep them turning the pages. I highly recommend this book for use in reading instruction!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judith Harding Janone on October 15, 2010
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My friend Dave Stall works his hot dog stand on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont. When this dog book came across my desk at the library, I knew it was a perfect fit so I bought it for him. Dave is on the street day after day selling dogs and more, always in perfect good humor. One could learn from Dave, and also learn from this adorable book. For instance, did you know that the Romans ate in a reclining position because they believed that to eat standing up was rude! Also, there are interesting recipes in the book especially one that combines chopped dogs with jelly and mustard, simmered, then skewered with a tooth pick. Just like Dave's on the Church Street Marketplace: delicious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andros Zacharia on October 6, 2013
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Brilliant information on the hot dog as well as other I twresting facts. Great as a present and for anyone who wants to know about hot dogs or sausages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Sweeney on April 30, 2011
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If you had to buy one book to take on vacation with the whole family, this might be it! Lots of really interesting information, fun illustrations, entertaining writing and great prompts for activities and discussions. I agree with Booklist, Hot Diggety Dog is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sheila I. Del Sol on April 29, 2011
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Who knew that something as simple as the hot dog had such a fascinating history?
This book is great; it gets everyone who reads it thinking and talking about history and culture without even realizing it! Facts are interesting and funny. Highly recommend it!!
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