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Children's Fiction Dogs

Toby's Best Friend

by (author) Jean Lemieux

illustrated by Sophie Casson

translated by Sarah Cummins

Publisher
Formac Publishing Company Limited
Initial publish date
Oct 2003
Category
Dogs, Friendship, Chapter Books
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780887806117
    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
    List Price
    $14.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780887806100
    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
    List Price
    $5.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459500013
    Publish Date
    Jul 2011
    List Price
    $4.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 5
  • Reading age: 6 to 9

Description

Toby is tired of being told everything is for his own good. When his parents get him the dog he's always wanted, they won't let the dog sleep in his room --- for the dog's own good! The next morning, Toby and his friends make a snow fort and a tunnel and a special place for the puppy. When they are back in their houses, the plows come by, eating up the snow banks, but where is Toby's puppy?

About the authors

When Jean Lemieux finished his first novel, a chance encounter at a Salon du livre led to the publication of another -- this time, a book for young adults. He met an editor with Québec/Amérique Jeunesse who persuaded him to write a short story for a young adult anthology she was preparing. Instead of the one story required, he submitted three. The first story, "Retour à Saint-Malo" was included in the anthology, Ici. The second story was destined to become Lemieux's successful young adult novel, La Cousine des États. The third is to be expanded into a book for adults. Whether writing for adolescents or adults, Lemieux demonstrates an abiding interest in human relationships. He is fascinated by the energy and enthusiasm of youth and is intrigued by the similarities he sees between an adolescent's search for self-awareness and the broader, historical issues implicit when tracing a family's roots or searching for cultural identity. Jean Lemieux is not only an author but also a doctor. Although he and his family live in Quebec City, they still have a strong attachment to the Iles-de-la-Madeleine where they lived for many years.

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SOPHIE CASSON has illustrated The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, Quelle pagaille! by Danielle Marcotte and Laurence-Aurélie Théroux-Marcotte, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, and Helen’s Birds by Sara Cassidy. Her highly acclaimed illustrations are inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and World War II–era posters. Sophie’s award-winning work has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Nature, as well as in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sophie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 

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