Toby, Who Are You?

Toby, Who Are You?

by William Steig, Teryl Euvremer
     
 

Toby is at it again.

When Toby and his parents go on a picnic, there's no telling who he'll pretend to be. An owl? A bat? A turtle? Can you guess?

One thing is for sure: There's lots of fun in store for Toby — and you!

Overview

Toby is at it again.

When Toby and his parents go on a picnic, there's no telling who he'll pretend to be. An owl? A bat? A turtle? Can you guess?

One thing is for sure: There's lots of fun in store for Toby — and you!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Author Steig's drawings appear regularly in the New Yorker magazine. For this book and several others about Toby, the ferret, Steig has used his daughter for his illustrator. In this family tale, Toby is invited to join his mother and father for a picnic. On a lovely summer day as they walk along, choose a picnic spot, lay out the picnic, eat their meal and relax afterward, Toby pretends to be a different animal in each scene and asks his loving parents to guess who he is. The soft pastel greens, pinks, yellows and blues of every illustration, as well as the big warm eyes of the father and mother add to the gentle message of the book. There are some charming surprises, such as when the parents make an incorrect guess, and when Toby falls out of a tree and splashes into some water to change from a bat in the tree to a pig in a pool. The book will be enjoyed again and again as new surprises that may not have been noticed the first time are found in the pictures. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 2 to 6.
—Eleanor Heldrich
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Toby and his parents' picnic is no ordinary outdoor dining experience, for the furry little master of disguises introduced in Toby, Where Are You? (1997) and Toby, What Are You? (2001, both HarperCollins) is up to his usual tricks. This time he pretends to be different animals. As he rides on his father's shoulders on the way to the picnic spot, he announces, "Dad, you're a camel. And I'm your hump." Subsequently, using the lunch provisions and the natural setting, Toby transforms himself into a wild bull, a cobra, a bat, a pig, a chameleon, a woodpecker, an owl, and a snail. And he shouts exuberantly, "Got you that time" when his parents mistake a real turtle under a hat for their mischievous son. They enter wholeheartedly into the game, and, later, do some pretending of their own when their little guy wants some after-bath kisses. Euvremer's familiar pastel palette and impressionistic pictures suggest an idyllic afternoon enjoyed by a loving family. This is a fun game of "let's pretend" from a recently deceased author who will be sorely missed.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The late Steig follows Toby, Where Are You? (1997) and Toby, What Are You? (2000) with similarly imagination-stretching family interaction. Out for a picnic, and with his indulgent parents once again playing along, Toby impersonates a bat and a bull, a chameleon, an owl, and other creatures. Euvremer's fuzzy-edged, low-contrast scenes of a trio of smiling, clothed coatimundis in woodsy settings exude a laid-back coziness that seems at odds with the text's characteristically trenchant tone-" 'Who is that now, slithering out of your basket?' wonders Toby's father. 'Help!' screams his mother. 'I think that's a cobra!' The creature hisses, spits and snarls"-but the dissonance rescues the episode from being just a remake of Louis Slobodkin's Magic Michael (1944) and its descendants. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060007065
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

William Steig's drawings appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 1930. He also wrote and illustrated books for children, most recently his memoir, When Everybody Wore a Hat. His other books include Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, winner of the Caldecott Medal; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books; Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa; Pete's A Pizza; and Zeke Pippin.

Teryl Euvremer has written and illustrated several picture books. In addition to Toby, What Are You?, she is also the illustrator of Toby, Where Are You?, both by William Steig. She lives in Paris.

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