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6 stars

Doctor De Soto

AR: 3.6
Lexile: 560
RC: 3.6
Written and illustrated by
William Steig
Normal-length Picture Book
Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Newberry Honor Award

What would you do if you were a dentist who was also a mouse and one of your patients wanted to eat you? Doctor De Soto is a world-famous dentist who only works on animals who are not dangerous to mice. But one day, he and his wife see a fox in pain and they feel sorry for him. They think he might want to eat them when they are done treating him, and they are right! What will they do?

This is a quiet book that quiet, calm readers might enjoy more than others. I thought it was okay. I did like the way the Doctor and his wife "out-foxed the fox", though. If you want to know how they did it, check out this book.

(Last modified:03/20/2007)


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