Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 8 & Up
Author: Tor Seidler
ISBN: 0-06-054099-0
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Owned by the McDonahue family, Toes is a black cat with seven digits on each paw whose siblings will have nothing to do with him. They ostracize him not for his extra toes, but for his extra smarts. Toes learns to understand some human words, cultivates an appreciation of the classical music and does “tricks” that amaze the children. One winter evening, Toes gets lost, stumbles into someone else’s basement and can’t get out. This house’s owner, Sebastian, a struggling musician with dreams of playing in the philharmonic, is astounded by Toes’ intelligence and apparent love of classical music. Through their years of friendship, it is Toes who helps Sebastian realize his fondest dream.

This is a sweet, funny, and touching novel by the author of Mean Margaret and Wainscott Weasel. The animals do speak to each other, but other than that, this is, in my opinion, the most realistic portrayal of a feline in a children’s book to date. All animal lovers will enjoy the story of this great friendship.

Tim Capehart   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Tim Capehart, a Children's Librarian, has served on library staffs in Kentucky, Massachusetts and Ohio. TIm often reads books out loud to his two cats, who prefer picture books without dogs.

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