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Dr. Dog Paperback – March 11, 1997

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From Publishers Weekly

Cole (Mommy Laid an Egg) uses a medical pretext to indulge fans of scatological jokes in this off-color, disjointed tale. Things begin innocently enough: the Gumboyle family's dog is not only their pet but their doctor. Dr. Dog discourages one Gumboyle from smoking by showing a diagram of tar-filled lungs, and he performs a tonsillectomy on another. But the prognosis for good reading takes a turn for the worse with a drawn-out description of Baby Gumboyle's worm problem, which prompts some catchy advice from Dr. Dog: "Never scratch your bum and suck your thumb!" Equally disconcerting are the pages on beer-and-baked-beans aficionado Grandpa, diagnosed as having that "terrible wind" that must "blast out of your bottom." Though such passages may leave modest readers aghast (har har), they are likely to inspire hilarity in the toilet-humor crowd, particularly when Grandpa's "wind" blows the roof off the Gumboyle home. Few others will embrace this indelicate story, but admirers of Everybody Poops are in luck. Ages 4-6.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 2-The Gumboyles' pet beagle, Dr. Dog, teaches his family that smoking hurts their lungs, that germs can attack tonsils, and that nits live in hair. He then proceeds to explain that Baby Gumboyle caught worms by not washing his hands after using the toilet. He issues the admonition, "Never scratch your bum and suck your thumb!") The coup de grace, however, is Granddad's gastrointestinal problem from eating too many baked beans and drinking too much beer; "...he farted so hard he blew the roof right off the house!" Children will no doubt learn a few hygiene lessons here, and find this story funny. Despite the silliness of the presentation, the information is basically accurate and important. The illustrations are typical Cole-full of humorous detail, including cartoon drawings of the "tubes" inside the human body. On-target health lessons delivered with a decidedly different slant.
Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dragonfly Books; First Edition edition (March 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067988548X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679885481
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 29, 2000
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I recently read Dr Dog to my 6 year old in a book shop. We were so helpless with laughter that another customer came up and said," Whatever it is, I have to buy it!" In the end we each bought two copies. I sent one to my father for Fathers Day. It is the most hilarious book children could possibly read about personal hygiene and bad habits. If you are at all stuffy, forget it and find something else. For children and parents alike it is very funny and very rude. My kids love it and I am just about to order a new copy from Amazon as requested by my mother-in-law.
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I recently became acquainted with Dr.Dog, the drawing caught my eye because he looked like one of my dogs. My husband, who is a pediatrician, loved the book. We recently read it to our office staff at the end of our annual mandatory OSHA meeting. There was plenty of useful health advice in Dr.Dog, and the staff appreciated something so funny (and gross) not unlike many of our patients. Our office manager planned to get a copy to read (to the adults) at her two year olds birthday party! What a fun book!
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By A Customer on January 31, 2000
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I bought this book for my daughter when she was 3 beacause she wouldn't wash her hands very often, especially after going to the bathroom. She is now 5 and we still remember that you can get bad germs (and even worms) if you don't wash up. We love this book and read it often. It is hilarious and a great way to introduce children to the basics of hygiene. I highly recommend it.
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This is one of my favorite children's books. There are a few references to the human body and its functions, which are educational and particularly amusing to young children (particularly boys). My daughters are now 13, but we still quote "Dr. Dog" occasionally. There are so many more good books for school age children than there were in the seventies, and this is one that adults will enjoy reading, too. We own several other Babette Cole books, including Lady Lupin's Book of Etiquette, which teaches readers about manners without sounding preachy.
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I loved it when my Aunt first read it to me in 1997, and now it has become MY neice's favorite go-to book. Very funny, yet, it addresses some hygenic issues that most young kids aren't aware of. Leaves a lasting and hysterical impression on a young mind.
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I found this book at the elementary school I used to be employed at in the office as it was kept around as a front office morale booster and general topic of conversation. Very funny, albeit probably mildly inappropriate, British humor. Had to purchase a copy for my family.
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i came across this in a used book store in colorado springs and started laughing so hard that by the time i was done i was holding on to the shelf it was on so i could stand up. i don't know that it was necessarily hygenically beneficial to me, but good heavens it was funny!
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Dr. Dog is the story of a very smart dog and a rather disreputable (but loving) family and how they always call on Dr. Dog to solve their little health problems. It's a wonderful book, funny with good lessons for those of any age. You will laugh while learning good habits
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