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Dr Dog (Red Fox Picture Books) [Paperback]

Babette Cole
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1 Feb 1996 Red Fox Picture Books
Meet Doctor Dog, he's the Gumboyle family's favourite pet and their very own trusty physician. When Doctor Dog jets off to a medical conference in Brazil the Guimboyles decide they can't survive without him and so he returns to rescue them from all sorts of ailments: itchy nits, tickly tonsils and worms to name but a few. . .

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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (1 Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099650819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099650812
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Babette Cole is filled with zest for life: she lives in Dorset but travels extensively, to exotic parts of the world but also around Great Britain, visiting schools and meeting children. She is a great animal lover and keeps chickens, sheep, horses, dogs and cats which all find their way into her books.

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The Gumboyle family have a family pet--a dog--who just happens to be a doctor. How convenient--a dog who is both a pet and a personal physician, able to dish out advice and remedies for any complaint! Written and illustrated by the award- winning Babette Cole, this is an extremely funny book. Suitable for reading to three-year-olds and older; suitable for six-year-olds and above to read to themselves. --Susan Naylor

"Charming, educative (in a rather naughty way) and funny...Take daily, repeatedly!" The Observer

"Sound advice here, along with some good rude fun." The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Earthy humour gets across some serious points about family hygiene" (The Good Book Guide)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST KIDS BOOK EVER 12 Dec 2003
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My son is now 8, but we have had this book for a while. He loves it, it is funny, educational and entertaining all in one go. We have bought other books from the same author which are good but this is the best. FANTASTIC.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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A hugely fun book for the kids - and one that the adults should enjoy too. Like all great books for kids, it works on many levels of humour - for young kids through to parents. I'm just having to buy another copy because my 4-year-old gave her copy to her best friend - and now wants it back !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can judge this book by it's cover. 13 April 2000
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This book is brilliant! Doctor Dog tells you how to keep clean and healthy in a funny way. It has excellelent illustrations,especially the one of Grandpa flying through the air on his toilet.On world book day I dressed up as the cover of this book because it's my favourite book, and my mum read it to my class and they thought it was cool. READ THIS BOOK IT'S GREAT!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - How does she get away with it?? 23 Nov 2003
Ms Cole easily makes sensitive subjects funny. I Have bought this book for many children over many years and it is always a hit. Great illustartions and story. Also by author, Mummy laid an Egg is a great gift for both children and new parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius! 28 Mar 2009
Written and illustrated by Babette Cole, Dr Dog was a real hit with me. The text is very, very funny, and a bit rude in places which children (and grown up children!) will be amused by. The illustrations are perfect, I especially love Dr Dog's expressions and the close up of the tonsils! Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 April 2013
Helen for [...]

I have enjoyed a few of Babette Cole's stories and when my youngest picked this up in the library I was quite happy to add it to our pile of books to borrow. However the girls decided that we had to read it in the library then and there, so we did and it attracted some comments from other library users too. This is a book that can't fail to induce an opinion!

The story is about the Gumboyle family whose pet dog is also their doctor. This is of huge benefit to them as they are not the most hygienic or healthiest of families! Dr Dog has to treat them for such complaints as smokers cough, head lice and worms as well as tonsillitis, ear ache and tummy ache. He givens good advice and shows the family pictures (drawn in a childlike style) of what is happening in their insides as a result of their lack of cleanliness or their illnesses. It's a great way to get a conversation going about health and hygiene. "Never scratch your bum and suck your thumb" has got us talking about lots of things, as well as raising giggles from the girls.

Dr Dog warns the family of that bad things will befall them if they don't change their ways. I am sure none of them really thought that Grandad Gumboyle's excessive wind would blow the roof off their house though. The illustration for this also causes much merriment as Grandad sails through the air on his toilet as the ruined roof lies beneath him. It may not be what happens to most people but it does make a point!

Unsurprisingly after all this Dr Dog has to have time off for stress - brilliant.

Verdict:This is an irreverent and amusing look at health issues that can affect children and families. It has been well loved for the three weeks it has been in the house!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dog 23 April 2009
I bought this book for my 4 year old granddaughter and she loves it! We have read it to her over & over again and she enjoys it everytime. Very funny and makes the little ones think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 4 Mar 2014
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Perfect for 3-6 year olds! A bit rude but very funny!! It had my 3 year old in stitches!! Well written and great illustrations
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book...pity about supplier!
The book is amusing and educational for children. It was bought to use in the classroom, but sadly as the second hand condition of the book wasn't as stated in the information... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justine Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that will make you laugh til you cry!
The funniest and most educational kids story book I've ever read.purchased as a gift as I won't part with mine, even though my kids are 15& 17!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Jayne Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to medicine.
Great timeless story. Love the burnout theme. resonates with parents and kids alike. Great moral on taking responsibility for own health.
Published 5 months ago by Mairead
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family book :)
Bought this as a Christmas present for my little boy who is 3, & he loved it! It's a great story for teaching children about illnesses & good hygiene - it's well written, with a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Samantha Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Great health and hygiene story
The story is about a revolting family who have a dog Dr to look after them. It addresses all kinds of issues, such as worms, nits and wind! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sambolina75
1.0 out of 5 stars Condescending and "How to frighten normal healthy children!"
Now, this book is for the anal retentive, in who's world normal people have no place to live and dogs are the better human beings. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andreas Teschner
5.0 out of 5 stars loved by all ages - brilliant and delightful
I came across this book because I was looking at Prince Cinders (inspired by Guy Garvey reading on CBebbies bedtime). Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ceri A. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by a neighbour - and now by me
This is a lovely children's book - not available when my own were little but absolutely fine for grandchildren. Thoroughly recommended.
Published 16 months ago by W. Butt
5.0 out of 5 stars Histerical
Great book which is loved by my son. Very funny and great to get an unsusspecting grandparent to read out loud. Every child should have a copy of this book.
Published 17 months ago by Jennie Costello
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Helpful.
Very good story to share simple habits kids can be aware of to help them stay healthy. Great pictures. Enjoyed by my two year old and five year old.
Published 17 months ago by Kelly Brassington
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