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Illus. in full color. A dog who has to learn how to dig doesn't stop until he has dug up the whole town.  

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Al Perkins, Illustrated by Eric Gurney --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 340L (What's this?)
  • Series: Beginner Books(R)
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394800478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800479
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The kids love this book and we enjoy reading it over and over to them.
Yard Bird
This book was one of my favorites as a child, I also read it to my 4 children when they were small, I am now reading it to my grandchildren!
B. Carlson
This book also became one of my sons favorites - I bet because I read it to him all the time.
Katherine Skorupski

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm delighted that this book is still in print! I read it over and over when my daughters were small. I enjoyed it as much as they did!
The first description on this page doesn't do the book justice. It's not just about a dog learning how to dig and he digs up the whole town. It's about getting carried away with enthusiasm. It's about accidentally making people angry. It's about rescue of the dog inspite of being angry with him. It's about forgiveness. It's also about the dog fixing what he messed up. His ACTIONS SHOW that wants forgiveness and he makes friends with the people (and other dogs) he accidentally made angry. It's about LIFE.
The rhyme, rhythm, humor, and illustrations are great! You can't miss this one!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is probably one of the best, and certainly one of the most favoriet books(for those who have read it) written for children over the past several decades. The story is simply about a dog who is in a pet store (not a pound as several reviewers have stated who probably never actually read the book) and is purchased by a small boy. The dog, Duke, due to his being in a pet store has never learned to dig. Well it does not take long for him to learn and he does indeed becom the Digging-Est Dog around. Duke does get into trouble! The story is told through the dogs eyes and done in verse. This is a wonderful bed time story book and a great book to read to a class of children. I have yet to find a child who did not like it, which bottom line, is the best indorsemnt for any children's book. The illustrations are great as is the writing. Recommend this one highly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book when I was a kid and now my children are enjoying it themselves. The art is wonderful for young children and the rhyme holds their attention well. A good bed time story. "I was the happiest dad who ever turned, to a book from which to read he'd learned. My children are enjoying too, a beloved tale that when young I knew. My mother sat me on her knee so the Diggingest Dog I could see. And now I share the same with three."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marc Schmatjen - Author of The Sycamore Detective Agency on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Out of all the books I had as a kid, this one stands out in my memory as my favorite. Something about it caught my attention as a youngster, and I recently purchased it for my three boys. It's magic is obviously timeless, because my five-year-old and four-year-old request it regularly! I was not dissapointed as I once again read about Duke and Sammy Brown thirty-some years later as a father. The good stuff never goes out of style! What a wonderful book!

Marc Schmatjen, author of My Giraffe Makes Me Laugh
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie T Porretta on April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dear Judges,
In my opinion you should give the diggingest dog the best friend award because Duke the dog was never chosen to be a pet. Then Sammy Brown came in the pet shop and picked Duke. Another reason is Duke didn’t know how to dig and Sammy Brown was so sad he didn’t go to bed. My last reason is Duke dug up a well (water) and Sammy Brown helped him even though he dug up THE WHOLE TOWN. Because of these reasons I think Duke was loveable. That’s why I think it should have the best friend award.
From,
Max
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By pipling on October 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Unlike many of the other reviewers, I did not have this book when I was a kid, but I can recognize a true classic when I read one. Its so much better than the vast majority of the books coming out today. My four year old loves this book and it has been instrumental in giving him a great step ahead in learning to read.
I think that's because it has the right blend of plot and humour, vocabulary and rhythm, to engross a child, and just as importantly, to keep up adults' interest so they will not be sick of it after reading it the umpteenth time.
Similar to the Seuss books, but actually better quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Fisher on November 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I was younger, my mom gave this book to me and I read it all the time. We moved a few times and could no longer find it. I have since been through college and am a teacher. We have continued to look for the book, even when I worked in a book store, to no avail. We could not remember the author's name. Thank you so much for having this book within your books. It means so much to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book when I was young.
It was one of the first books I could read.

Over the years the pages fell out and the book got thrown away.
I recently when shopping saw the book and just HAD to pick it up and read it then and there.
It really brought back to me all the reasons I loved it.

The rhyming is top notch, the drawings are lovely, the story is moving and the ending happy.

I see the low marks are from parents, not people who read the book when they were a kid.
Yes, at one point in the book it becomes very sad. But the ending is happy.

I think the main problem with adults reading this book is they don't see the moral of the story.
For me, I never thought as a kid that the BOY was the one we should relate to.

I always related to the DOG, I think this is something only children do, but also intended by the author since the story is from the DOGS point of view.
When adults read the this book they put themselves in the boys place. So they can't see the moral.
But to me the point of the story is not to show off and only use your talents to do good things for people.
It also shows that if you have a true friend (the boy) then they will feel sad when you are sad, they will try to help you at something you aren't good at, even if they are furious at you for doing wrong they won't abandon you if it really matters.
In fact the dog was in a dangerous situation of his own making! Yet the boy doesn't leave him to his fate. He helped his friend, so the dog knows the boy was a true friend. Which in turn helped me to figure out what friends were good and which friends were bad while growing up.
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