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adorable tale of Terry, aka Toto the dog,
This review is from: I, Toto: The Autobiography of Terry, the Dog who was Toto (Hardcover)
I, Toto is a delightfully well written book by Willard Carroll about the life of Terry, a Cairn Terrier who became famous in movies. The book is based on a scrapbook Willard Carroll found that documented the life and movie career of this well trained dog; and the book is primarily set up to look just like a book typed on an old typewriter--written, of course, by the dog itself.
The book starts with the story of how Terry was born, adopted and eventually given up by her owners because of her troubles with housetraining; and we learn how Carl Spitz professionally trained dogs to perform in movies. Spitz, an excellent trainer who worked with many dogs, wound up training Terry professionally. Spitz used both kindness and discipline to train his dogs, including Terry, very well; his talents are obvious when we consider that Terry (aka Toto) appeared in at least fourteen major motion pictures including The Wizard Of Oz.
Carroll cleverly writes the memoirs of Terry, or Toto, in the first person as if the dog herself had written the book. This provides the reader with an extra slice of humor when Carroll writes about things that happened on the sets of pictures or in Carl Spitz's training camp for dogs. Carroll does an excellent job of getting readers to be charmed out of their trees by Terry who eventually becomes renamed Toto for the sake of her career. A movie star dog has to consider Hollywood politics, after all!
The book is filled with wonderful reproductions of ads for the movies Terry was in; and we see numerous publicity shots from movies including Bright Eyes with Shirley Temple and Terry as Rags the dog. Of course, we get plenty of stills from The Wizard Of Oz and there are very nicely done "hand written" asides to the reader that also appear to be written by Terry. The result is a charming look back at the life of Terry, the dog who became Toto and enjoyed great movie fame--and treats along the way!
Overall, classic movie buffs will enjoy this book; and people who love The Wizard Of Oz will appreciate this book very much since so little was known about Terry before Willard Carroll wrote this book. The book is well written and a real page turner; it grabs your attention and never lets it go.
Great job, Willard Carroll!
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Initial post: Feb 2, 2008 4:48:24 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 2, 2008 4:51:35 PM PST
Byron Kolln says:
What a great review. Terry was certainly one of the all-time great "animal actors". I'm sure people will always remember her fondly as Toto in "The Wizard of Oz" (she's very convincing playing a boy!), but it's fun discovering all the other great movies in which she appeared.
There's a cute featurette on the recent 2-Disc and 3-Disc reissues of "The Wizard of Oz" which briefly explores Terry's showbiz career, too.
Have a great day,
Posted on Oct 20, 2010 12:51:47 PM PDT
A. Corradi says:
This book was written by Carl Spitz. It was found buried on the Spitz property by a construction worker and then edited and published by Willard Carroll.
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