My Dog Toby

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9780152020149: My Dog Toby

Toby is a good dog. He has long droopy ears and big brown spots. Every day he waits by the window until his beloved owner comes home from school. They play outside and run around the yard. Toby even sleeps by her side at night. He's a kid's best friend.
All the other dogs on the block know how to sit, roll over, and fetch. But Toby doesn't know how to do any of those things. Will he ever, ever learn to do a trick? With some patience and lots of love, anything is possible. ·Endearing characters who celebrate unconditional love between a child and her first pet · Popular illustrator of bestselling dog books, including Three Stories You Can Read to Your Dog

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True Kelley has illustrated many books for children, including Stay! Keeper's Story by Lois Lowry. She lives with children's author Steven Lindblom and their daughter, Jada, in Warner, New Hampshire.

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Meet Toby, an adorable beagle who constantly endears himself to his owner despite the fact that Toby won’t cooperate with her plans to teach him a trick . . . any trick. Toby is great at normal dog things—he eats messily, knocks things over, and scratches with the best of them, but ask him to fetch, roll over, or beg, and he’ll look at his owner with a befuddled and perplexed expression. The narrator bemoans the fact that her friends’ dogs shake hands, bring in the newspaper, and dance—Michael’s French poodle even plays soccer. But Toby’s owner never gives up. She tries talking to Toby in several foreign languages (in case a language barrier has been the problem all along) and even talks to him in dog: “woof awooooo ark ark grrff ruff!” Nothing works though, so she just goes back to saying “sit” several times a day. Finally, one day, Toby comes through and . . . yes . . . sits! In a funny double-page spread in which Toby takes up most of the two pages, the text reads simply “Toby sat!” Toby’s owner is happy, but keeps things in perspective—she’ll always love Toby even if he never learns another trick. Toby is a lovable and goofy dog in the tradition of Martha in Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh or Boodil My Dog by Pija Lindenbaum. The illustrations are charmingly and humorously done in watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink. A thoroughly delightful story by the authors of the also delightful Trashy Town (1999). (Picture book. 3-7) -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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