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TOBY, WHERE ARE YOU? by William Steig


by William Steig & illustrated by Teryl Euvremer

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-205082-6
Publisher: HarperCollins

From early sunlit morning to candlelit evening, Toby's parents search for him throughout the house. It's all very cozy: They know he's hiding, and they're playing the game with him. Toby is in every picture--behind the fish tank, in the pantry, under the rug. When his parents finally give up, Toby leaps out from under the table, and gets "quite a few kisses." Shown in a fuzzy kind of stippled color, this home is one any child might envy: dragons on the toy chest; sunflowers on the headboard; lively patterns on the rugs; and a profusion of plants, books, and playthings. The house and accoutrements have a vaguely Victorian feel, reflected in the mother's floor-length floral dress--although the father might be wearing Hush Puppies. The family, marmoset- or meerkat-like mammals, have furry features and long tails, which seem right for this soft-focus read-aloud. It's a charmer, for a younger audience than Steig's usual. (Picture book. 3-5)