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by Mitchell, Hazel

Format: Print Book 2016.
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
Location Collection Call #
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Juvenile Theme Collection TC PETS
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Juvenile Theme Collection
Call Number  TC PETS
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea MITCHELL Hazel
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Picture Books
Call Number  j Ea MITCHELL Hazel
Plum Community Library Easy Reader E FIC MIT
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Easy Reader
Call Number  E FIC MIT
South Fayette Township Library Juvenile Picture Book J E MIT
Location  South Fayette Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  J E MIT
A heartwarming story about the growing bond between a child and a new pet--inspired by the author's experience with a rescue dog of the same name.

When a young boy and his father move from one house to another, they decide to adopt a dog from the local rescue shelter. But their chosen dog, Toby, is having a tough time adjusting to his new life outside the shelter--howling all night, hiding fearfully from his new humans, forgetting where to go to the bathroom, and chasing a ball through the flower bed. The boy has promised to train his new companion, and he's trying his best, but Dad is starting to get exasperated. Will Toby ever feel comfortable with his new family and settle into his forever home, or will Dad decide he's not the right dog for them after all?
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After moving into a new home, a boy asks for a dog, and his dad agrees, saying, If you promise to take care of it. The boy chooses Toby, a somewhat worried-looking dog at the shelter. When Toby howls that night, the boy comforts him. When Toby wets the floor, he mops it up. When Toby gets spooked by a cat in the yard, he calms him down. They begin to play together, but there are setbacks: Toby tramples Dad's flowers, and then mangles his glasses. Still, when Toby finds a missing shoe one morning, the boy can finally say, Good dog, Toby! Written from the boy's point of view, the first-person narrative defines the story, though the ending is a bit inconclusive. The book's warmth and appeal come from the artwork. Pencil drawings are tinted with a soft palate of watercolor washes and digitally added colors. And while the soft browns, blues, greens, and grays create a subdued, rather melancholy tone throughout the book, both the boy and his lovable dog are smiling by the final scene.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Inspired by her own dog's adoption story, illustrator Mitchell's (Kenya's Art) first book as author centers on a boy who has moved into a new neighborhood with his (presumably single) father. Featuring a pale color scheme dominated by blues and beiges, the mixed-media art, displayed in full-page and panel configurations, dominates the pages. The perfunctory text consists of the boy's succinct commentary and dialogue with his father. "Well, if you promise to take care of it, we can," says the man in response to his son's request for a dog. At a shelter, the child selects Toby, a furry, floppy-eared dog who has difficulty adjusting to his new life, despite the boy's prodding and training efforts. After the father suggests, "Maybe Toby isn't the right dog for us after all," the dog rapidly picks up a few tricks. But while it seems clear that Toby has found his home, the story doesn't end so much as stop, abruptly. The highlight of this getting-to-know-you tale is Mitchell's visual channeling of her characters' emotions, both human and canine. Ages 4-6. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Pets -- Juvenile fiction.
Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.
Pets -- Fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2016.
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm
ISBN 0763680931
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