Duke the Dairy Delight Dog

Duke the Dairy Delight Dog

by Lisa Campbell Ernst
     
 

For all his long life, Duke has been a traveling dog. But the minute he lays eyes on Darla's Dairy Delight, he knows his days on the road are over. With thoughts of ice cream filling his head, Duke plops himself down in front of the Dairy Delight and waits for Darla, the owner, to welcome him inside. But Darla's not about to let a mangy mutt like Duke set foot in her…  See more details below

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For all his long life, Duke has been a traveling dog. But the minute he lays eyes on Darla's Dairy Delight, he knows his days on the road are over. With thoughts of ice cream filling his head, Duke plops himself down in front of the Dairy Delight and waits for Darla, the owner, to welcome him inside. But Darla's not about to let a mangy mutt like Duke set foot in her spotless ice cream parlor. Can Duke weasel his way into the Dairy Delight -- and into Darla's heart -- or will he be forced to take to the road once more?


Lisa Campbell Ernst's spirited illustrations bring vibrancy and humor to this tale about the universal need for a place called home.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KThis slight story is hardly a dog of a tale, but neither is it best of show. Duke is a well-traveled (and remarkably long-winded) pup who finally finds a place he'd like to call home. Unfortunately, Darla, the prissy proprietess of the Dairy Delight, doesn't want him around. Duke tries sneaking in, but his scruffy looks, clicking toenails, and strong odor make it difficult to get a paw in the door. Finally, his determination pays off when he slips in one last time and slides right into the brand new scrubbing-buffing-waxing machine. When it turns him into a walking, wagging version of the "famous vanilla-chocolate swirl," Darla finally decides to let him stay and readers are told that "with time, even Darla grew fond of Duke." However, it's unlikely that the same will be said of young listeners. Duke just doesn't have the appeal of Ernst's previous canine charmers, and none of the human characters stand out from the crowd. Too much of the action takes place before the book begins and after it ends. Duke's sudden desire to settle down, for example, might mean more if readers had seen some of his adventures on the road, while the happy ending would be more satisfying if shown in more detail. In short, while the concept is clever and the artwork excellent as always, Duke's story is not quite a delight.Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Kirkus Reviews
Duke is a delight in this book of funny oversized paintings and deadpan storytelling. Duke, a traveling dog, sees the Dairy Delight, and it's love at first sight. However, Darla, the Dairy Delight owner, views Duke as dirty and mangy: Every time she sees him, she is swept into a cleaning frenzy. Finally, Duke sneaks into the Dairy Delight just as Darla is cleaning obsessively with her peppermint soap and new machine; sucked into a cleaning whirlwind, Duke emerges freshly scrubbed, buffed, and waxed so expertly that his formerly dirty fur is swirled into creamy peaks that make him look just like a "Chocolate Vanilla Swirl, wagging its tail." Talk about happily ever after. Ernst's (Red Riding Hood, 1995, etc.) signature illustrations fill each page with a variety of perspectives; this endearing tale gets more delicious with each encounter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689807503
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
07/30/1996
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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