Toby (Hardcover)

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By Hazel Mitchell, Hazel Mitchell (Illustrator)
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An adorable white doggy is adopted from the animal shelter by a little boy, but it’s not all smooth sailing for the shy pup. Toby is a combination of timidity and untrained unruliness that overwhelms the little boy’s father, but the little boy refuses to give up on Toby, and trains Toby into the good dog that he could always be. The gentle artwork reflects the softness of the characters and the stories, and depicts Toby’s fear (and the boy’s fear of losing Toby) in a way that won’t disturb young readers. A doggone adorable book about patience for puppy lovers. (Ages 2-6)

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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?

About the Author

Hazel Mitchell has illustrated numerous books for children. Toby is her author-illustrator debut. Originally from Yorkshire, England, she now lives in Maine with her husband and a brave rescue poodle named Toby, whose eight-day disappearance drew national attention when the story was shared across social media.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763680930
ISBN-10: 0763680931
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 40
Language: English