Books by Toby Forward

DOUBLEBORN by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Nevertheless, with its gorgeous language and thoughtful themes, this is a book to be savored rather than devoured. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Mirrors and magic collide in this third volume of a lyrical fantasy quartet. Read full book review >
THE QUAYSIDE CAT by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Gorgeous illustrations combine with the poetic language of the narrative to create a winsome journey. (Picture Book. 3-7)"
A wharf cat gets a taste of life at sea. Read full book review >
FIREBORN by Toby Forward
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Terrifying, moving, inspiring and enthralling. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Prequel to Dragonborn (2012), this haunting fable interweaves stories about magic with the magic of stories. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

A teasing similarity to Jon Scieszka's masterpiece, but without its enormous success. From the tale the Wolf tells, he is innocence incarnate. But his comments to the reader (and the illustrations) paint a different picture. It seems the Wolf was a handyman for Grandma, so he witnessed the kid's weekly visits—visits that made him feel left out and lonely. One particular day the Wolf was out gathering herbs (he's vegetarian) and spotted Little Red bearing her basket laden with dentist's-nightmare toffee. Taking the shortcut to warn Grandma to hide her teeth, he found her reaching for a dress and witnessed the fall and subsequent unconsciousness. Readers know the rest. Cohen's detailed watercolors echo the wolf's two-sidedness: One moment he appears to be a hardworking laborer, the next he is looking sly-eyed at Grandma. The final page shows him with a hobo's stick over one shoulder, a bandaged stump of a tail and a sly look in his eye, looking for his next job: "No, please. Look at me. Would I lie to you?" Well, would he? (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY? by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2004

Forward offers a unique twist on a familiar theme: the first day of school. Brief sentences describe the time in which a mother and her son are apart, from drop-off to pick-up. Young readers will recognize the familiar rhythms of their own days in the child's narrative, which includes circle time, snack, and active play. Although the protagonist's voice seems to be that of the young boy, the generalized descriptions work to incorporate the day's activities of mom as well. The layout further supports this, as do Thompson's lively watercolor illustrations. Each spread represents one facet of the child's day. Above the text is an illustration depicting the child engaged in the activity described, while the facing page slyly reveals his mom engaged in a parallel, adult version. Thought bubbles pepper the illustrations, showing that the two are often thinking of each other during their day. Anxious first-timers, of both the youngster and grown-up variety, will find Forward's comforting tale vastly reassuring. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >
TRAVELING BACKWARD by Toby Forward
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

Fanny's Grandpa is dying and her house is filled with the obnoxious relatives who expect to be remembered in his will. Worse than the days spent in the company of drippy-nosed Auntie Clara, Auntie Nell and Uncle George (who finish each other's thoughts), and the repugnant cousin Crawly, is the thought that Fanny will have to live without Grandpa. She's not ready for that and she's sure Grandpa isn't ready either. She appeals to her friend, the fantastically old Mrs. May, who produces a bottle of mysterious green liquid. Grandpa is to drink one small glassful a day until he's better—not a drop more. Well, he does, and he soon is better- -so much better that he can't resist drinking more. He and Fanny have delightful times at the seashore and on the river, but Grandpa keeps drinking from the bottle, and soon everyone realizes that he's getting younger—in fact, he's going backwards. By the time Mrs. May helps Fanny and Grandpa, they've both learned about the inevitability of death. This brief book tells us something important without ever seeming preachy. Illustrations unseen. (Fiction 8-12) Read full book review >