Children's Literature - Melinda M. Sprinkle
Tootsie is the new dog on the block. He has been spoiled by his owner, Miss Pettibone, who puts bows in his hair and caters to his every need. Now old enough to join the dog walking group, Tootsie is forced to follow commands. Not adjusted to the dog walking routine, Tootsie whines and whimpers at every corner. The other dogs tease and taunt Tootsie until he has finally had enough. Frustrated, he breaks his lease, and in a mad dash to escape, he collides with a bank robber. A surprising twist of events leads Tootsie to prove himself a hero to not only the other dogs but Miss Pettibone as well. Dog lovers will truly enjoy this humorous tale and its full-page vibrant illustrations. Teachers may apply this story to any child who has ever been the new pup (or kid) on the block.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2--A dog's-eye view of what it is like to be the new kid on the block. Tootsie, Miss Pettibone's Bijon Frise, is the epitome of the pampered pooch. When he joins Danny's Dogwalking Group, his timidity and inexperience make him a victim of the other rough-and-tumble dogs, as well as the object of Danny's exasperation. Harassed and teased, the pup eventually becomes an unlikely hero when he inadvertently stops a robber while the other dogs shake and cower. There is no inherent lesson in this story because acceptance comes only from achieving a great feat. However, the theme of bullies versus underdogs is a familiar one and as such, the story works. The cartoon illustrations are busy and full of frenetic energy--the dogs are expressive and funny. This easy read asks nothing of its readers but enjoyment.--Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Get ready for a rollicking story-hour session; the blatant injustices suffered by a pampered young dog during his initiation into the cold, cruel world of socialization will have the picture-book set on its feet with indignation and cheering at the puppy's eventual triumph.
Diminutive Tootsie, a city-dweller whose water dish sports a wedge of lime, is excited about his first trip with Danny the dog-walker, but the motley crew of canine personalities who share the leash take great joy in pushing him around. Smacked and pushed, he tries to get Danny to notice; but the boy keeps blaming Tootsie for his troubles. Tootsie takes a stand just in time to nab a robber and his loot while the others cower in safety; when a new dog joins the group the next day, Tootsie breaks the cycle of bullying. Alley's compositions take the dog's-eye view; each animal's expressions fit its broadly described characterizations; expert illustrative detail abounds in the comical paintings. The story is a terrific parallel to any new situatione.g., the first day of schoolbut the pluck of this poodle stands alone as sheer entertainment.