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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Toby: The (Mostly) True Story of a Former Bad Dog by Stephenie Wilson Peterson is laugh-out-loud funny. Toby is a good dog enjoying life with his (HuDad) human dad until a cat moves in next door. This cat teases, provokes, torments, and encourages Toby to do things he would have never done before. Suddenly his HuDad calls him a bad dog! If only Toby could speak human and explain about that evil furball. Toby is the narrator of his own story, and he is quite the storyteller. He has adventures with the cat, the vet, a ham, and even some other humans. Toby's life is anything but boring.
Toby: The (Mostly) True Story of a Former Bad Dog is a perfect choice for kids transitioning to chapter books. Stephenie Wilson Peterson keeps the chapters short and full of humor and action. The story flows well from one scene to the next, and kids will be eager to continue reading. Any dog owner will enjoy that the story is told from Toby's perspective, as he gets into one predicament after another. Peterson has created a loveable and authentic character in Toby. The simple black and white illustrations by Gozde Eyce add just the right touch to each chapter. Even though I am a cat owner, I fell in love with Toby. Truth be told, Peterson is right that cats can be jerks at times! Toby: The (Mostly) True Story of a Former Bad Dog is a winner. Even better, Toby's adventures will continue in another book.