The Digging-Est Dog

The Digging-Est Dog


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394800479
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/28/1967
Series: Beginner Books(R) Series
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 71,249
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile: 340L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Al Perkins was the author of several Bright and Early Books and Beginner Books, among them Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb; and The Ear Book. Perkins passed away in 1975. 

Eric Gurney (1910–1992) was a well-known artist, cartoonist, and illustrator. Born in Canada, he later came to work for Walt Disney Studios in 1938, where he collaborated on Bambi and Pinocchio, among other films. He received a National Cartoonist Society Award for his work twice. He books include The Digging-est Dog, and Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb.

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The Digging-Est Dog 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
salenawolfgoddess on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Duke the dog lived in a pet store until one day a boy named Sammy Brown came and bought him. After bringing Duke home, Sammy introduced him to the other farm dogs. They liked him until they found out he couldn't dig. So Sammy tried to teach Duke to dig for hours but to no avail. Wanting to make Sammy happy, Duke tried again the next morning and found he "had the knack!" However, Duke liked digging so much he couldn't stop. Trouble ensues and Duke decides to fix things making everyone happy.Another book I enjoyed as a kid. With the easy to read rhymes children will not only enjoy listening to it being read but will want to read it themselves.
savannah.julian on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Duke has always lived in a pet store where he is chained up in a small window cage with only concrete on the floor. Nobody has ever wanted him until Sammy came and bought him. At Sammy's house he can run free, but the other dogs there don't like him because he can't dig holes. Duke never learned to dig holes in his concrete cage, but he practices and practices until he can.
runner_roader on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Funny story about a lonely pet store dog who finally finds a home with Sammy Brown on his families farm. Sammy names the dog Duke and they both learn Duke does not know how to dig as all dogs should know. Both are disappointed but Duke wishes to please his master and continues to practice wiggling one paw then wiggling the other finally digging. The only problem is that Duke is so excited that he can finally dig, that he digs and digs and digs to because he wants his master to be happy. However, Duke digs up gates, flower beds, hens, and pigs, and finally Highway Eighty-one until Sammy stops him. Great illustrations bring a smile to the readers face as we see animals flying into the air as Duke digs them up. Good book to share with children about owning a pet and how animals have feelings too.
macsbrains on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was one of my top five favorite books as a child. I read it over and over and over for years. I always thought it was kind of sad, but I empathized with the problem of being over-zealous when trying to perform well to please the people you love. The Digging-est Dog just wanted to be loved, and I, for one, did love him. (And still do, I just got ahold of a copy for myself after all these years.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 yr old really enjoyed the story
mamaJD More than 1 year ago
A favorite for generations. Read to children and grandchildren. Continue to buy for gifts to children and as part of baby gifts.
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stay-at-home-mom More than 1 year ago
My little boy loves this book! He loves doggies so I knew this book would be a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best of the older Dr.Suess books. It was my son's favorite and now I'm reading it to my grandson. The book reads quickly and the rhyming words are great for young minds.
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ECDS More than 1 year ago
My kids, now all grown with children of their own, loved this book! The rhyming, rhythm and clear illustrations made it a hit. When 3 year old Jenny was facing a few days without me and this book as I was going to be delivering her little brother soon, I taped myself reading it. She played that tape over and over while I was in hospital, so she could still hear her favorite book! Now I buy it for the grandkids.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book along the lines with other Suess. Illustrations would have gotten five stars except they are dated from their original creation date and, as such, seem a bit lacking compared to today's. My toddler loves this book and requests it all the times. The dog looks silly and is very sweet, so he is very appealing to her. The only four star about this book besides the dates illustrations which, frankly, I'd rather have the original illustrations than something new, is the part in the story where Duke's (Digging-est's) friends decide they will literally let him die. Kind of gruesome for a toddler who has as yet to not only understand death but pre-meditated murder. I know that's a bit of a heavy hand judgment but it is a shock to be reading an early children's book wherein the characters sit around deciding whether or not to let another character, aka Digging-est, die a horrid death. Other than that it's terrific and my toddler barely notices the "murder" part and enjoys the book immensely. I think in a modern written book they probably wouldn't let the murder discussion pass editing. Another issue of the book being dated. Case in point, my husband hates reading our toddler Jack and the Beanstalk for the same reason. In there you have a kid who trespassing the Giant's territory, steals from him repeatedly and then kills him when he is trying to stop Jack from stealing again. I mean, really! And look at the Brother's Grimm. Shiver!
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Iamakela More than 1 year ago
This is my favorate book to read to my child. It has a great life lesson in it and My son loves the story over and over. My fist copy of this book died from reading it to my other 3 kids. So I had to replace it in my home library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the wording in the book is not the best for a small child. "He wrecked our town. This serves him right. Just let him drown". My daugher loves dogs and Dr. Seuss, so I bought it without reading it completely. Although, my daugther likes the book, I wouldn't have bought it if I read it thoroughly. When I read it, I just skip the part I don't like.