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Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis
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Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis

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by Dav Pilkey

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"Hally Tosis was a very good dog, but she had a big problem."

Hold your nose! Because here comes the dog with the worst breath in the world!


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Category: Humor
"Hally Tosis was a very good dog, but she had a big problem."

Hold your nose! Because here comes the dog with the worst breath in the world!

"Wordplay...is at the heart of this sweet, funny picture book...And the bright colors…add a marvelous effervescence to the zany goings-on."--Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble Staff
Hally is a happy dog, a member of the Tosis family. Unfortunately, Hally has such horrible breath that the parents decide he must get new owners. Desperate to keep her, the children try everthing to rid Hally of her rancid breath, but ultimately it is two burglars who ensure that Hally will stay! As in all of Pilkey's books, wacky illustrations and horrible puns abound.
Publishers Weekly
"Shannon juggles dark humor and an anti-peer-pressure message," said PW of this tale of a girl whose affliction causes her to change colors and shapes at others' commands-until she is cured by admitting the truth (she loves lima beans). Ages 3-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It could be said that Pilkey (Kat Kong; the Dragon books) never let a good story go unPUNished. From its open-mouthed mutt to its put-upon family to its climactic burglary scene, this latest entry might have been modeled on Susan Meddaugh's Martha Speaks. But Pilkey's silly tales forage unabashedly for lowbrow laughs, and his aim is usually accurate, even if adults more than kids will catch these halitosis jokes. Here, ``a dog named Hally, who lived with the Tosis family,'' emits green puffs of breath so toxic they knock Grandma Tosis out of her chair. When the Tosis parents put their putrid pet up for adoption, the Tosis kids try to save Hally: they bring her to a site with a ``breathtaking view''; to a movie (starring ``Perry O'Donnel and Giner Vitus'') said to leave audiences ``breathless''; and to a roller coaster so fast it makes riders lose their breath-to no avail. Yet a glimpse of a headline on a newspaper (called The Daily Foreshadow) and a wanted poster showing two robbers presage a happy ending: the villains visit the Tosis home and suffer the odiferous consequences. Pilkey's punchy art, characterized by heavy black outlines and bold colors, matches the clowning quality of the text (the copyright page, tellingly, lists Pilkey's preferred media as ``acrylics, watercolors, pencils, magic markers, and Dijon mustard''). Guaranteed to ward off smellancholy. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Corny jokes, plays on words, and garishly colored illustrations are Pilkey's stock-in-trade. This outrageous book continues the tradition. Hally is a fine, loving dog with horrible breath. Even skunks avoid her. When Mr. and Mrs. Tosis decide to give her away, their children try to cure the problem, but nothing works. Her days as the family pet are numbered-until she licks the faces of two burglars. They pass out cold on the living-room floor, and Hally becomes a heroine. With clothespins on their noses, the family concludes that ``...life without Hally Tosis wouldn't make any scents.'' Two levels of humor coexist in this book, neither of them subtle. Children will laugh at pictures of people reeling from Hally's breath, while adults will groan over some of the more sophisticated puns. The simplified cartoon drawings in comic-book colors will attract many browsers. While this is a one-joke story, many children should find it funny.-Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Scholastic Bookshelf Series
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First Bookshelf Edition
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Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; DOG BREATH, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and THE PAPERBOY, a Caldecott Honor Book. He lives with his wife in the Pacific Northwest. Visit him online at www.pilkey.com.

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Dog Breath! 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a cute story! Some take a negative message away from the story, but it's just a story and it's in the eye of the beholder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's hilarious. I never laughed so hard!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book I chose to write a book review for is Dog Breath. The author and illustrator is Dav Pilkey. I chose this book because it is so funny. I like it. I think dog breath means stinky. In this wonderful book, the characters are a dog, adults, kids, and burglars. In the beginning, there was a good family who had a dog with bad breath. In the middle, the dog opened his mouth and licked stink on the burglars. In the end, the dog became a hero! The big idea in this story is always brush your teeth! A great quote from the author is, "The Tosis family got a big reward for turning in the crooks." I like this because the dog became a hero. The best part was when the dog opened his mouth and stink came out. The other part was when the skunks plugged their nose. I would recommend this book to someone to who likes to laugh!
Accordkim More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this book to my 4 year for two years now and she thinks its funny. Any body odor makes kids laugh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! I am a baby sitter and I read it to all my families forever and now I am reading at as a secret reader at their school. They love it every time. One family even liked me to read it to them every night I came.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sure I am rating this along the lines of being favortism, only because it hits so close to home. My sisters dog could be the true Hally Tosis!!! My daughter is 4, to young to be able to relate this story to our family situation, but interested enough to make it her favorite for the week!
SosElPrimeroQueMeLoDice More than 1 year ago
Hola: En las sinopsis que se pone usualmente para este cuento,falta algo muy importante que es el nudo principal del cuento(y que no es solo el aliento): el perro estaba en una familia y un dia decidieron que por su aliento no lo querian mas y se tenia que ir.Ya habiendose tomado esta decision,de expulsar al perro de su familia ,aparecen unos ladrones y ese mismo perro que ya no lo querian mas,espanta con su aliento a los ladrones. Despues ,como el perro les fue util y por conveniencia,lo reintegran a la familia solo porque les convino.Pesima conducta para mostrar a un chico. Lo bueno es que la famila(aunque por motivos utilitarismo) acepta convivir con el perro(porque no intento buscar un medio para convivir antes?,tambien el aliento feo del perro se lo puede tratar) ,y lo resuelven poniendose cada uno un broche en sus narices.hecho que esta bien de todos modos. El final dividido en 2 partes es: lo bueno:se adaptan para poder convivir. Lo malo:solo se adaptan porque les conviene.Que bonito para un chico ,no?. Solo porque hecho a unos ladron aunque Hally sea "el mismo perro de siempre"(o es otro?). Porque ahora lo quieren en su familia y antes no?. Horrible muestra para los chicos:adaptarse solo por conveniencia y sino ,la expulsion.Y el amor en donde esta ? Solo hacerlo si el perro te es util ?(para mejor,si te es util la persona?). Del mismo modo que en los dibujos animados ,se muestran animales que hablan y actuan como seres humanos(los adultos sabemos que en realidad no es asi),se les da a los chicos esa figuracion con animales pues captan mejor (se supone)los contenidos.El perro en este cuento es un perro ,pero podemos inferir que tambien se muestra como actuan las personas y si no hay supervision de un adulto en este cuento,el punto que me incomododa a mi ,queda sin aclarar y es el nudo del cuento,en mi humilde opinion.No me gustaria tranferir esta conducta a u chico.Pues en el cuento,no esta criticado el hecho que el mismo perro antes ya no servia o no lo querian mas,y ahora que les sirvio (a pesar del mal olor)era aceptado de retorno a su hogar.Ese es el punto de vista que tengo muy presente. El libro tiene muy bonitos graficos,la edicion es muy linda la narracion o estilo tambien pero,lo importante es lo que dice y no el envoltorio,su popularidad .Y no olvidemos que es un libro destinado para los chicos,que por supuesto los grandes tambien podemos consumir con la gran diferencia que el adulto tiene una chance de reflexionar acerca del contenido pero un chico sin supervision ,aun no.Toma y acepta lo escrito como es. En mi opinion:libro nocivo para los jovenes,pues contiene mensajes relativos a intoreleracia,discriminacion y utilitarismo. Sos El Primero Que Me Lo Dice = SosElPrimeroQueMeLoDice
scrumpy More than 1 year ago
This was a gift to a very happy young man of age 9. He and his friends were so happy to read this book that day he received it. It was so funny with a good moral at the end of the story. Walter the farting dog also was very memorable to read for all children and adult, too.