Published by Candlewick Press on September 13th 2016
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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?
We don’t review childrens’ books on Page Turners Blog very often, but this story touched my heart. Maybe because I have two little fluffhounds, and one of them has such a similar story to Toby’s.
Toby’s story starts when a boy moves into a new house and asks his Dad if they could adopt a dog from the shelter. But, the road to adjusting to a new forever home is sometimes rough for a pet as well as the new owner, and Hazel does a wonderful job of highlighting the challenges. She also points out something that all of us parents say — that bit about how the kid will help out with the dog. Patience and love tend to be the right formula for the toughest pet adoptions, and you will have to pick up the book to see if that stays true for Toby.
This story is for those of us who love our pets and consider them a family member. If you want to celebrate your own pet’s adoption or prepare a child for the possibility of a pet adoption, this is the perfect storybook for you. The illustrations are magical and make the bond between the boy and Toby come alive. And Toby simply jumps off the page. He is equal parts worried, tired, stressed, mischievous, playful and helpful.
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Drawing, reading and horses were my big passions as a youngster. After I attended art college in my home country of England, I ran away to sea and joined the Royal Navy. Now I’m doing what I’ve always dreamed of – illustrating and writing children’s books.
I was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, UK and moved to America in 2000. I live and work in Maine. (I still miss fish and chips and mushy peas, but I’m learning to love lobster!). I have two dogs, Toby, (who you can see in the photo) and Lucy. Plus a cat called Sleep. Toby is featured in my first book as author and illustrator from Candlewick Press.