Dr. Duncan Dog On Duty!


In this family, everyone has a job. Mom and Dad have their careers and our young narrator has to go to school and do her best. And let's not forget the pets, especially Duncan, the family dog. He may have the most important job of all: visiting the patients at the hospital.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a story with a positive message for children and families, whether you want to introduce the idea of family values, or trying to engender a spirit of community service. The text is such that emerging readers will be able to master it quickly.

Content Awareness Factors:

Absolutely none.

Little Kid Reaction

Our little dog-lover went crazy for Dr. Duncan, and proceeded to explain why we needed a dog immediately after we read the story! We had requests to read and re-read this book every evening for about a week.

Parent Reaction

This is a fun book. We love the way it weaves family, individual responsibility, community service, and compassion into a story that young children can understand. It's easy to draw out each of these elements from the characters and activities in the story.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book about life as a family, told with humor and affirmation.
Educational Themes:

There is plenty to grow on with this book: defining individual roles in the family; talking about how families work; identifying ways to participate in community service; or even just finding ways to get the pets "involved" in something.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 5½-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy!This is a book that will be enjoyed over and over, for a long time. It fact that it has just a few sentences (at most) per page will be great encouragement for new readers.

Title Dr. Duncan Dog on Duty!
Author Lisa Dunn-Dern
Publisher Visikid Books © 2007
Illustrators Andrea Yomtob
ISBN 9781933156200
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Family, Humor
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