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The girl's brother comments several times that Toby is dumb but recants.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing of concern here. Cartoon art nicely captures Toby's moods and abilities.
Is It Any Good?
Child-pet relationships are explored in this simple, gratifying story. A joyous Toby bounds through the pages, bewildered by the girl's commands but still happy-go-lucky and eager to please. Parents and children will enjoy Toby's enthusiasm and the girl's confidence in her dog. The book is also a good choice for new readers just past the beginning stage; many will be able to read this book themselves, especially after going through it once with a parent.
Watercolor-and-ink paintings perfectly portray the exuberant and loving Toby. The brown-and-white basset hound's expressions will ring true with dog owners. The illustration of the girl and Toby celebrating his success touchingly conveys their mutual joy and love.
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