Toto

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017

Master-storyteller Michael Morpurgo adds a witty twist to the classic story The Wizard of Oz in his hugely entertaining re-imagining of the original. Here, Dorothy’s pet dog Papa Toto, who accompanied her on the long journey, tells the story of the amazing adventures in the Land of Oz to his eager young puppies. All the drama of the original story and especially all the charm of the iconic characters The Tin Woodman, The Scarecrow and the Lion is retained while Morpurgo also adds details of his own including the delightful relationship between Dorothy and Toto. Emma Chichester Clark stunning colour illustrations makes the book one to treasure.  ~ Julia Eccleshare

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The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Birthday Boy by David Baddiel

 

Toto Synopsis

I was there, Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. Dorothy and me were both there. We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.Then Papa Toto began...

When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house - only to be plucked into the air and whisked away! Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is. But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home - after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along...

Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is an unforgettable telling of a classic story, and a must for every bookshelf.

Toto Press Reviews

Praise for Michael Morpurgo:

Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching. Guardian

Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects. Daily Telegraph

There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo. Daily Express

Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skilful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative Elizabeth Reilly, British Council

The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers. Guardian

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ISBN: 9780008134594
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008134594
Publication date: 1st September 2017
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 284 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Debuts of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About Michael Morpurgo

Winner of J M Barrie Award 2016 March 16 was Michael Morpurgo month on Lovereading4kids - click here to view the favourites we selected on themes of Legends, Animals, War and Journeys. Michael Morpurgo, OBE, MBE, is one of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers. He was appointed Children’s Laureate in May 2003, a post he helped to set up with his friend Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE for services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2007. He has written over 120 books, including Kensuke’s Kingdom which won the Children’...

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