A well-bred, high-strung whippet, Chuck is afraid of everything. Each chapterof this clever episodic story set in England involves Danielle and her dog ina different set of circumstances. 2 cassettes....
|Title||:||Chuck and Danielle|
|Number of Pages||:||128 Pages|
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Chuck and Danielle Reviews
Chuck is an exasperating but adorable whippet. Danielle is her patient and loyal owner. Children will laugh out loud at the hilarious adventures these two face in the charming stories Mr. Dickinson presents. Readers will also experience the great faith and love pets place in their owners. Good gift idea for reluctant readers who like dogs and have a sense of humour.
Danielle is convinced that her dog, Chuck, will one day save the universe and when this happens, her mother will buy her a Big Mac from McDonald’s since they never eat there. However, Danielle’s well-bred whippet is afraid of everything and is paranoid that everything is coming to get her. Throughout all of the stories, Chuck continues to surprise everyone, except Danielle, who knows Chuck is an extraordinary dog. Not only does Chuck accidentally stop a mugging and makes sure that the neighbor’s bothersome cat no longer comes in their house, but she also wins a dog agility competition. Chuck also helps Danielle learn more about her own father, as Chuck unintentionally notices him in a park one day. Although Chuck does not save the universe, Danielle’s mom takes Danielle to get a Big Mac because Chuck is important in their life and in their universe.The stories in Chuck and Danielle are logical and maintain their consistency according to the framework established by Dickinson. From the first pages of the book, Dickinson emphasizes the qualities of Chuck and the relationship she has with her caretaker Danielle. Chuck’s neurotic personality and Danielle’s belief in Chuck’s ability to save the universe make the stories that follow believable because their characteristics complement the unusual aspects of the stories. For example, when a gate opening, a motorcycle’s noise, and a teddy bear scare Chuck, she accidentally trips a mugger that has stolen a purse and Danielle believes she has saved the day. Another example is when Danielle tells her mother that Chuck will keep the burglars out and Chuck ends up in the stranger’s lap and falls asleep while Danielle and her mother are away. She wakes when they return and puts all her efforts into making a small “yip” to alarm them. Of course, it is Danielle’s uncle, but Danielle believes that her special dog has caught a burglar and once again has saved the day. Chuck may not understand what saving the universe means, but she does understand that she is supposed to do something for Danielle, her loving and protective caretaker. Chuck by no means fits the usual description of a hero, but she does benefit those around her, even though she may not understand why or how. Her ignorance and personality complement her haphazard heroic ways, which is how Dickinson maintains the consistency and logic of the stories.
I always laugh aloud when I read this book. I don't know whether my love comes partly from the fact that I adore sighthounds (and have two of my own) and thus can picture it all perfectly. Chuck is darling, albeit terrified of almost everything (well, that's her charm), and as the narrative flows between her and Danielle, you get a very clear sense of what's going on despite the fact that Chuck (and sometimes Danielle) does not. But really, the most important part is that it always brightens my day.
I thought this book was a decent transitional book when introducing children to chapter books, however, I didn't find it very engaging. I did like the personality traits of Chuck, the dog, but I would have liked to read the book from Chuck's point of view rather than Danielle's. I feel that hearing from the dog would have been more fun and more engaging for children.
I would recommend it for anyone who has loved a greyhound, whippet, Italian greyhound or any sort of mix :) This was one of my favorite books as a child and it still holds up! I didn't remember any of the stories so it was like reading it for the first time again. Excellent book for 3rd grade and up!
One of my favorite children's books. I read it a lot as a child. (:
I didn't like the book, honestly...the stories have no specific theme..you can read this just for fun..
Cute. Nothing earth-shattering, but a fun, quick read.
Charming series of stories about a shy whippet and the girl who loves her. Not profound, but very sweet.
This was great! I listened to it on tape with my kids and it was completely entertaining!