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Merci Mister Dash! by Monica Kulling

Merci Mister Dash!

by Monica Kulling, Esperanca Melo (Illustrator)

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Madame Croissant lived a quiet life with her well-mannered dog, Mister Dash, working in her gift shop, and admiring her stamp collection. Until Sunday. On Sunday, Madame Croissant’s energetic granddaughter, Daphne, came to visit. Mister Dash resisted Daphne’s efforts to play with him and silently scoffed at Daphne. Then Daphne went careening down a hill in her wagon and it was up to Mister Dash to save her.

“’Help! I can’t stop!’ Daphne cried out.

Mister Dash was halfway home when he heard the screams. What’s this? Is Daphne in trouble?

Mister Dash left his good manners at the top of the hill. He put his Lab legs to good use and ran like a greyhound.” ( )
  debnance | Nov 23, 2011 |
Mister Dash isn't your typical dog. With the nose like a pointer, legs like a lab, the body of a boxer, a poodle's tail and sheepdog ears, Mister Dash is "most unique." He's a dapper dresser, too, and a model of manners. He's the perfect companion to Madame Croissant. Life is orderly and civilized as he greets customers in their gift shop, accompanies Madame in walks through the park, and snoozes by the armchair as Madame gathers her stamp collection at night. That's how he likes it, quiet and calm.

But on Sunday, everything changes when Daphne, Madame's little dynamo granddaughter, comes for a visit. Usually Mister Dash escapes to the park for a peaceful afternoon. But this particular Sunday, Daphne catches him before he gets away. Daphne is loud and rambunctious, and everything that Mister Dash dislikes. A true poet, Monica Kulling's wordplay dance off the page as Mister Dash endures Daphne's wild ways. Esperanca Melo's exuberant illustrations capture Daphne's energy as she charges through the house "like a racehorse," hang from trees "like a bat," and splash in puddles like an elephant." Poor Mister Dash's life is turned upside down as he endures one indignity after another. But when Daphne's wild play turns dangerous, Mister Dash turns into an action hero and races to her rescue.

This is a charming tale of common courtesy, a fun read-aloud that explores the important theme of treating animals, and each other, with respect. ( )
  bobbibooks | Jul 7, 2011 |
Reason for Reading: I've read quite a number of the author's books, but they've been mostly her biographical works and I thought I'd take a look at what else she does.

Mister Dash is a darling! He is a very cultivated dog. He may be a mixture of this and that and certainly has no pedigree but that hasn't stopped him from honing his sense of a stylish wardrobe and manners fit for civilized company. The only problem is that the company he and his owner Madame Croissant get regularly is every Sunday, her granddaughter, who is more wild beast than civilized company. Mister Dash doesn't like Daphne and usually escapes before her arrival to spend the day reading the paper in the park but today Daphne arrives and grabs him before he's even had a chance. And so Mister Dash must spend the day in the clutches of a rambunctious little girl all day.

This is a cute story. First, there is a small opportunity to learn a bit about France and French; Madame Croissant owns a little boutique that sells all things French and there are a couple of French words in the story. Plus if the reader knows French they can explain why Madame calls Daphne her "little cabbage". But most of all the story gives plenty of opportunity to talk about manners and behaviour. Daphne is not a bad child, she is simply full of zest, yet she certainly takes all the energy out of poor Mr. Dash after one day. The story is funny too and this is really brought to life with the gorgeous illustrations by Ms. Melo. The look on Mr. Dash's face as he has to suffer the indignity of popcorn landing on his head is priceless. A story that will really appeal to dog lovers and owners of rambunctious little girls. ( )
1 vote ElizaJane | Apr 12, 2011 |
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When Daphne finds herself in trouble, will Mister Dash be able to set aside his perfect manners to help her?

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Mr. Dash may not have a pedigree (he can count five different breeds of dogs as family), but from his furry head to his wagging tail, he is a gentleman. His fine manners make him a perfect companion to Madame Croissant. Their life together is graceful and civilized, what with walks in the park, stamp-collecting, and a passion for flowers.

But the well-ordered household is turned on its head whenever Madame Croissant’s granddaughter, Daphne, comes to visit. She’s as wild as Mr. Dash is courtly, and she makes the poor dog’s life miserable. But when she finds herself in real trouble, Mr. Dash proves that he is not only well-mannered but as brave as any knight.

Merci Mister Dash! is not only a hilarious salute to common courtesy, it will appeal to dog lovers and to anyone who is trying to civilize an untamed creature – of any kind.

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Mister Dash the dog lives a civilized, peaceful life with Madame Croissant, until her granddaughter Daphne comes to visit, and her wild, loud ways cause trouble for Mister Dash.

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