[PUYB Blog Tour&Review] Toto’s Tale by K.D. Hays and Meg Weidman

Posted 9 November, 2010 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
Toto the terrier and his pet girl Dorothy have their world turned upside down by a cyclone that rips their house from ground and spins it into the land of Oz. In this strange place, cats grow way bigger than they should and they speak the same language as Dorothy. So now Dorothy spends her time talking to a giant cat, a walking scarecrow, and a hollow man made of metal.

The five of them follow a brick road to see the Great Lizard who is supposed to give them something. Although Toto is hoping for a pork chop, he will settle for a trip back to Kansas. But when they reach the Great Lizard (who turns out to be a big human head), instead of helping them, he sends them out to kill a witch.

Toto enables them to survive attacks by killer bees and mad wolves, but the annoying monkeys with wings prove too much even for him, and the monkeys are able to carry him and Dorothy to the witch’s castle.

Once there, he realizes the witch is after the shoes that Dorothy picked up when they first landed in Oz. He also realizes that the witch can be destroyed with water. It becomes a race to see if the witch can trick Dorothy into giving up the shoes before Toto figures out how to melt her.

But even if he destroys the witch, they still have to figure out how to get home…

About the Author(s):
K.D. Hays and Meg Weidman are a mother-daughter team who aspire to be professional roller coaster riders and who can tell you exactly what not to put in your pockets when you ride El Toro at Six Flags. Meg is studying art in a middle school magnet program. For fun, she jumps on a precision jump rope team and reads anything not associated with school work. K.D. Hays, who writes historical fiction under the name Kate Dolan, has been writing professionally since 1992. She holds a law degree from the University of Richmond and consequently hopes that her children will pursue studies in more prestigious fields such as plumbing or waste management. They live in a suburb of Baltimore where the weather is ideally suited for the four major seasons: riding roller coasters in the spring and fall, waterslides in the summer and snow tubes in the winter. Although Meg resents the fact that her mother has dragged her to every historical site within a 200-mile radius, she will consent to dress in colonial garb and participate in living history demonstrations if she is allowed to be a laundry thief.

Their latest collaboration is a wonderful book titled Toto’s Tale.

You can visit their website at www.totostale.com.

My Review:
Ya’ll know the story of The Wizard of Oz,right? Well, I know I know it, and it is one of my FAVORITE movies. I love watching it when it comes on TV (thank goodness for DVRs!). The opportunity arose to review a book called Toto’s Tale. At first, I said to myself that I wouldn’t review it because it would be too much like a kids book, with lots of pictures and kind of goofy. Not so. Well, I mean it is goofy, but not in the way I was expecting. Goofy in a humorous sort of way. It does say that this book is juvenile fiction/fantasy but I think most anyone who LOVES The Wizard of Oz AND books will love this sweet little tale!

Toto’s Tale is told in the point of view of Toto. Yep that’s right. The dog. He smells the storm brewing that will lift up the house and twist them and twitch them each way and land them on the wicked witch of the east. What’s funny about this little book is that from a dog’s point of view, going to Oz is HILARIOUS! The laughs and smiles were certainly rolling off my face when I read this book. Dorothy is his pet girl and he must protect, but then he makes some friends along the way. Some of these friends, were not in the original Wizard Of Oz but still, he makes them and the comics really start rolling then!

Again, I say that this book is juvenile fiction/fantasy, but it’s a great, sweet read for most anyone. If you have a young reader in your life, then please, grab a copy (or two or three!). This 5 star little book will be a perfect Christmas gift for them!

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*This book was provided for review by PumpUpYourBook Promotions*

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