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My Dog Toby Hardcover – May 1, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-A girl's love for her basset hound and the patience it takes to train him are explored in this funny story. Toby can do a lot of things: he can tell where a gopher is digging in the yard, he can tell if food is dropped in his dish from all the way upstairs, he even knows when it's time for his walk. Unfortunately, his owner is the only person impressed with these talents; her brother thinks the dog is "dumb" because he can't sit or roll over. She even asks neighbors and friends to give him commands in foreign languages in case he doesn't speak English, and she tries to speak "dog" by barking at him, but to no avail. Finally, she shows the pup what to do and repeats the command constantly over time. Sure enough, he gets it, convincing even the brother of his competence. The ink, acrylic, and watercolor illustrations enhance the light and humorous text, and young pet lovers are sure to relate to Toby's antics and his interaction with his family. An amusing introduction to the trials and rewards of training a pet.
Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ
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Toby is your basic dog: ready to eat, happy to take a walk, and devoted to his owner, the little girl who narrates this amusing picture book. She is convinced that her dog is smart, even though the evidence she has for his intelligence (knowing when food is dropped into his dish, and recognizing when it's time for his walk) is pretty weak. Her brother suspects that "maybe he's dumb," a comment that colors the narrator's opinion of her sibling rather than her canine companion. When Toby finally learns to sit on command, children will cheer. Even Brother yells, "He's a smart dog." Toby's girl concludes, "I guess my brother's not so dumb after all." The understated humor of the text is amplified by the buoyant spirits of Kelley's amusing illustrations. Black-ink drawings, vividly tinted with watercolors and acrylics, bring humor even to the most deadpan lines in the narration. A warm, witty picture book celebrating the mutual devotion of dogs and their owners. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152020144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152020149
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,432,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrea Zimmerman was born in Ohio and grew up in New York and California. She received a degree in Fine Arts for Children and later went back to school and became a dentist. She has three grown sons and lives in Southern California. She enjoys going to museums, gardening, and traveling. Together with her husband, David Clemesha, she writes and illustrates picture books.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At last, a lively, charming book about the endearing basset hound. This is a must read for anyone who thinks that basset hounds are dumb. Toby proves that bassets are NOT dumb, they just do what they like to do when they like to do it. Delightful illustrations and text make this an irresistable book.
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By Melinda Bailey on August 9, 2013
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Really cute book about a Basset Hound. Read it, liked it and will recommend it to friends. Thank you so much.
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By Carolyn Carr on March 18, 2009
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BEING BASSET HOUND OWNERS FOR OVER THREE DECADES, ANYTHING WITH A BASSET ATTRACTS OUR ATTENTION. THIS IS AN ADORABLE BOOK WITH GREAT ILLUSTRATIONS AND STORY LINE. CHILDREN, AND ADULTS TOO, WILL LOVE IT!
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