Toto's Tale

The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy

Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic
495 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2019
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Author Biography

Bob Moyer (pseudonym - Peeky) has been writing fiction for children, young adults, and adults young at heart for nearly ten years. "The Calamitous Attitude of Kat Katitude" is about teenage and young adult cats living together as roommates. Another is a bedtime ditty - "No Such Thing", "Fast Food" is a picture book without words about a slow spider trying to catch fast insects, and the list goes on.

Professionally, Bob Moyer has been a trainer, a guest speaker, and featured writer for over thirty years in the community association industry. In addition to having a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Accounting, he has been a Florida Real Estate Broker, a Licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM), the President of, and one of the principals in The Vanguard Management Group, Inc.


Bob began writing for children in 2010 and belonged to the Society of Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators (SCBWI) for many years. In 2012, he and his wife Janet concluded a busy week with a night on the town. His opening question to her was, "So Dorothy, how is Toto?"

From that nugget, he created a version of the Wizard of Oz featuring Toto as the main character. With the input of the readers first two books, he intends to create the third book of the trilogy by 2020. This series will be a celebration of the 120th year of the first printing in 1900 of the original "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Toto's Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy by Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer is The Wizard of Oz from Toto’s perspective. A twister takes Toto and Dorothy away, dumping them in Oz where a couple of days is the same as a year in Kansas. Uncle Henry doesn’t have long to live and Dorothy needs to persuade the Wizard to give her the cure. Along the way, Toto and Dorothy meet the original cast along with some new characters, a whole bunch of misfits that fit into the Land of Oz very well. With plenty of surprises and twists, will Dorothy and Toto make it home in time to save Uncle Henry?

Toto’s Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy by Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer is a great story for anyone who loved, as I did, the original Wizard of Oz. This is a totally different take on the story, with loads of great new characters and plenty of adventure to pull you along. There is mild language in this and plenty of hilarity and one-liners to keep you laughing all the way through the book. One of my favorites comes early in the story: “As I studied the dust-choked terrain, something was eating me. It was a flea…” but there is plenty more to keep you giggling. This is such a unique take on an age-old story that it brought several new dimensions to the original. And there really is a lot going on, enough to keep you on your toes from start to finish. The plot is fantastic, the characters are amazing, so well written, and the story just flows. It is the type of fantasy story that grabs you and pulls you in headfirst, dragging you along for the ride. Just try to get odd before the ride is over; I dare you.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

We all know, or should know, about Dorothy and Oz’s wizard. If we read the book or saw the movie, we know that Dorothy was swept up and away from her home in Kansas by a twister, a tornado of mammoth proportions. She left behind her loving aunt and uncle, carrying her beloved dog, Toto, in her arms. Ending up in the fantastical kingdom of Oz, she and Toto must find the wizard to send them back home. That’s Dorothy’s story. Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer’s Toto’s Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy, is Toto’s tale, or Dorothy’s tale told from Toto’s perspective.

Toto is caught in a twister but not of his own accord, because he really wanted to follow Uncle Henry into the cellar, but he couldn’t leave his girl behind. Dorothy was being silly about wanting to save special treasures. Toto just wanted to be safe. The end result was, house and all, Dorothy and Toto are swept into the tornado and the adventure begins, including the knock on the door, while they are inside the twister, that turns out to be a talking cow who badly needed milking. And Toto is even more surprised to discover that his little girl, Dorothy, couldn’t believe he could talk.

The adventures in Toto’s Tale accommodate the usual Oz oddities and miraculous and bizarre happenings, all piled together in a fun read. The author has presented a plausible plot that cascades through one bizarre event after another, reaching a climax of unbelievable proportions. This is a fun read, for those who loved the stories about Oz and even those who never read them.

Justine Reyes

Toto's Tale by Peeky (aka Bob Moyer) picks up some time after MGM's film adaption of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ended. However, in this telling of Ozland, we read from the perspective of Dorothy's most loyal companion, Toto. The story begins near noontime in July. Toto has just been woken from a wild dream by Dorothy. The pair soon finds themselves in the throes of a tornado and are carried away once more to the land of Oz. Though, this time it's a bit different.

The stakes are somewhat higher in Toto's Tale than in the original story. For starters, Uncle Henry is dying. Dorothy and Toto's journey isn't just about finding a way back home, but also asking the Wizard for a cure to help Uncle Henry. I never read the original series but, compared to the movie, Toto's Tale takes a slightly darker approach, which I liked. Along with an original twist in the story, Peeky's extension of the Wizard of Oz grants readers a more expansive world of adventure. There are so many things about it that bring me nostalgia from both the film and a time in fantasy when not everything was so serious.

Peeky provides humor and a compelling story for readers to flip through. The book itself also provides readers with inspired illustrations that showcase the fantastical and imaginative characters in Toto's Tale. All in all, I believe that fans of both the MGM film and L. Frank Baum's classic series will appreciate Toto's Tale.

A. L. Peevey

Toto’s Tale by Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer takes us on a new adventure in the Land of Oz. Familiar characters are present: Dorothy, wicked witches, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, and last but not least, Toto. But, the biggest twist is that it is narrated by none other than Toto himself because animals can talk in Oz. Dorothy dreamed the adventures seen in the movie. Then Toto explains how a tornado actually carried Uncle Henry and Aunt Em’s house from Kansas to the Land of Oz with Dorothy and Toto aboard. While quirky new characters and adventures abound, it is revealed that Uncle Henry is dying. But, will the Wizard, who is up to some new tricks, concoct a remedy, and can Dorothy and Toto even return home in time to save Uncle Henry?

In Toto’s Tale, the author presents us with a parody of the original world of Oz. It is written in updated language and has unique dialogue and adventures as well as new characters who are right at home in Oz. This book is not really a sequel to the classic story by L. Frank Baum but rather a re-imagining of the Land of Oz, including some illustrations. It does mesh well, considering that the original story was written over a century ago and the fact that Toto’s Tale is, indeed, gently making fun of this beloved classic. Still, it transports us to a place familiar yet fresh, and we do not have to clamor for more because Toto’s Tale is the first part of a trilogy! An imaginatively fun parody that is still enjoyable to the purist.

Shalabh Saxena

The book is really great. I would love to read it and will recommend other to read.
I am excited.