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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?
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : 2016. Candlewick Press,
ISBN: 9780763680930
Branch Call Number: E MITC


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samcmar Nov 18, 2017

This is a wonderful picture book that puts into perspective what it is like to get a rescue dog and some of the challenges that come with it. Toby is a dog who seems unsure, even frightened and it takes him awhile to warm up to his new owners. A great read for anyone considering a rescue or who owns a rescue!

DBRL_KatieL Jul 10, 2017

Not everyone makes transitions easily, as seen in this story about a dog named Toby, and the father and son who adopt him. The boy has dreams of a dog who will play with him, and go for walks like the girl and her dog that he sees along the street. Toby hides, is easily scared, and chews Dad's glasses. The boy keeps working with him, gives him a special toy (which you see the dog carries with him, and sleeps with) and eventually warms up to the family.

This is a great story about how Toby reacts to new things, and how the boy works with him to ease his fears and settle in. I also like how natural it is for there to just be a father and son in the family. The illustrations are well done, and use color shades to help express how the boy is feeling, giving depth to the text.

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