Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis
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Dog Breath!: The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis

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"Hally Tosis was a very good dog, but she had a big problem."

Hold your nose! Because here comes the dog with the worst breath in the world!

" at the heart...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published October 1st 1994)
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After reading the breakthrough children’s book hit Walter the Farting Dog, I wanted to check out more children’s books about dogs who have problems that cause them to smell and I stumbled upon this little unique book called “Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis” by Dav Pilkey!

Hally Tosis was a cute little dog who lived with the Tosis family and was extremely friendly towards everyone. But, she had one little problem…


Everywhere that Hally Tosis goes; her ba...more
Oct 08, 2008 Quincy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dogs and their owners
This book was one eye didn’t think eye’d like, and I was rite (mostly). In Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey the dog inn the book has such stinky breath his family wants two git ridd off him, butt then he safes them from robbers and they finally decide too accept his stinkyness and keep him. This really burns my toast. They ownly aksept him when he safes them from robbers? What abowt loving him for hew he is without halfing two risk himself to profe it? Makes me sick. Eye hope yew people doughn’t do that...more
Feb 25, 2012 Samantha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ANYONE!!!
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria

Seriously though, this book is great. A must read for Dav Pilkey fans or even for anybody who just needs a good laugh. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go regain my composure.

*gets up out of chair, takes about one step and then falls on the floor in laughing heap. Slaps the floor a bit and then begins rolling around while clutching stomach. Howls a li...more
Nov 23, 2011 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2011, childrens, pets
This is a funny and sweet story about an adorable dog with horrible breath. The plot was very, very similar to Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle, but the noxious fumes are coming out of the other end. Since this book was written first, I suppose it gets the credit for being the original. Both stories are very silly and funny and our girls loved them.

There were several puns that are more for adults than for children, which I thought were funny. I explained them to our girls and we all...more
"There once was a dog named Hally, who lived with the Tosis family."

This book had me cracking up from the first page til the last! Hally has the funkiest breath imaginable and even has the skunks running for cover! The pictures in this book are HILARIOUS! For instance there is one scene where Hally the dog is breathing and the wall paper is curling, the fish is upside down in it's bowl dead and there is a picture of the Mona Lisa on the wall holding her nose. Also I love how Hally just looks so...more
Jun 07, 2012 Guen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dogs, humor
Okay, so it's not my favorite book but both my 5-year-old son and my 2-year-old daughter love it. THEY ask for it over and over again and it is written for them after all, not for me. The illustrations are simple and full of bright colors, another thing children love. There IS one thing I really like about the book - the dog's name, Hally Tosis. Hally Tosis has halitosis, or bad breath, talk about a memorable way to teach your children a complicated word. Her breath is so bad that the family is...more
Elise Thompson
This is a cute book, but some kids might get confused by the plays on words (scents, instead of sense, etc.). But for kids old enough to learn about homophones, I think they would like the humor a lot. This book was reviewed on one of my favorite web sites, which has reviews that are actually written by kids:

Dav Pilkey's books are a bit gross at times, but that is what gets a lot of the boys in my class reading, so if that is what it takes, I'm all for it...more
Rehema Payne
This is a great book for teaching kids about dental hygiene and can be extended to bodily hygiene as well. It is funny and has cute jokes about Hally Tosis. I remember this book from my childhood days. I found this book to be a very creative way to teaching children about hygiene.
This is about a dog with horrible breath. We changed the name in the book to the name of our dog and it was hilarious. The plot is very similar to "Martha Speaks" and now I am wondering which came first.
Amy Olson
This is another book I would use to introduce a problem and what solutions as a class we can use to get rid of the bad dog breath! This book could be a segue into personal hygiene and health.
RachelH. Hughes
Dog Breath! The Horrible Trouble With Hally Tosis is an adorable picture book that would be great as a read aloud for first and second graders. Any elementary level of children would probably enjoy it. I even got a kick out of the humor and illustrations! Hally Tosis is a family dog with really bad breath. It gets in the way of everything and causes everyone to dislike the dog. The family tries everything to get rid of their dog's bad breath, but nothing works. They fear they might have to give...more
This book not only had my son giggling, I found myself laughing out loud also. A hilarious story about a dog that has bad breath. The kids decide to try and fix Hally's breath by taking her to things that promise to be "breathtaking" or to "take your breath away". The children are upset that their plans failed and Hally still has wretched breath...I want give away the ending, but Hally and her bad breath end up saving her family. Very funny and captivated my first-grader.
Michelle Marcano
ohh how I love this book! This is the story of Hally Tosis (Everyone knows this means bad breath, very clever) Hally belongs to a loving family but the family starts to wonder if they need to get rid of Hally because of her awful breath. At the end of the story Hally saves the family from burglars because her breath is so bad that the burglars fainted. Hally become the family's protector. In the classroom this is a great book for community building. It is important to always remember that at the...more
This book was one for younger kids, and that's when I read it. This book was the funniest,saddest, and funniest book I've ever read.This book is about a dog who has the worst smelling breath in the world, and his family really can't talk it. They try to do everything in their power to freshen his breath, but it never gets better.The family decides to sell the dog but doesn't succeed in doing so because of what happens that night. One night some robbers come in, and are greeted by the bad breath...more
Jennifer Danko
Dav Pilkey does more than express how terrible Hally’s breath is. He makes the dog’s breath come life as if it is its own character. He uses green hues to show the reader how smelly her breath is. Anytime Hally is around, the other characters are holding their noses or fainting. The use of characters to express how smelly her breath is makes her breath seem even more real. The author gives examples such as a skunk being afraid of Hally’s breath to further develop the dogs breath. The author adds...more
Jill Brown
Good book for problem and solution. A dog named Hally has bad breath and people can't be around her. She saves the day when robbers break in and she licks and breathes on them, then the family keeps the dog.
Christopher Skelskey
The kids love this book, I really enjoy hearing them point out things in the illustrations that tell more of the story. I am always amazed how they notice the details like the dead plants, or the skunks holding their breath. It really helps to point out how illustrations can enhance the story.
Nicole Agadoni
This hilarious book tells the story of Hally Tosis, a sweet dog with terrible breath! Although Hally's family adores her, they simply cannot handle the damage her breath is causing. They decide their only hope is to find her a new home. The children do everything they can to get rid of their pet's problem including taking her to see 'breathtaking' sights. Finally Hally's breath saves the day, and the family decides to keep her. I used this book with my first graders to teach a lesson a problem a...more
Megan Coloutti
Hally Tosis, is a very good family dog with a very big problem: bad breath! Her breath is so bad, even skunks avoid her! Mr. and Mrs. Tosis are at their wits end, and plan to give Hally away. But the Tosis children love their dog, and search for a breathtaking miracle cure! Very silly, and very fun! ...Just be thankful it's not a scratch-n-sniff book! The focus trait in this writing assignment is idea development; the writer's goal is to create a unique story idea that is made memorable by its u...more
I don't know that this book really deserves the 5 stars, but I remember loving it so much as a child I just couldn't help it. This book is super silly, and has a great ending, and it's an easy read for early readers.
Jul 29, 2012 Ivanna added it
Like many children books, it was a cute story-line. At this time, my family's raising a young pup and she can be troubling, to the point that we want her out of our sight sometimes, like the family in the book, but at the end of the day, they're worthy keepers. Every being is going to have their disadvantages, and we have to embrace and accept the strengths and weakness and love them for who they are, especially dogs whom are very lovable and affectionate creatures :) This book definitely influe...more
Ngoc  Dang
This book can be use to teach children about personal hygiene. This teaches children to brush their teeth at night and when they wake up and after eating. Teachers can talk about wearing clean clothes and bathe each night. Another way teachers can use this book is when they have hygiene problem in the class. When students make fun of other children they can read this book. This book shows that it is okay if they are a little different.But I think after reading this book, teachers should talk to...more
Suburban Homeschooler
Not awful, but not for me. A touch crass.
Mar 13, 2012 Alexandria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who need a good laugh Patricia King and Samantha King
Recommended to Alexandria by: Myself
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My niece and nephew liked this book. My nephew was thoroughly disgusted by Hally Tosis's green breath, but that didn't stop him from huffing his breath in my face and asking, "Amy, does my breath stink?" I swear, that child....

Dog Breath was fine, and the kids were entertained by it. It reminded me, however, of Walter the Farting Dog, only less disgusting, and possibly less objectionable.
Kathleen Ruff
This book was a fantastic read. This could be used in a health lesson when discussing dental subjects. This book is about a dog named Hally Tosis and the fact he had such bad breath. His owners tried to get rid of him numerous times at a carnival and even at the movies. One night burglars broke into the home and the dog licked the burglars until the passed out from the dogs horrible breath. The owners were elated to see he caught the burglars and decided to keep him.
Evelynn {The Literary Pianist}
This was a cute book for younger kids. Quite far-fetched, but cute nontheless. I remember my mom checking it out from the library numerous times because my brother really liked it. Then we would go home and she would read it to us as part of our daily reading for school (we were homeschooled).

It has a bit of a grossness factor to it (Hally's breath), but other than that, I like it. The dog saves the day. I would recommend it to any kid who is a dog lover.
Cute book I used to model plot structure during a Mimi lesson.
Robert Loots
This was my absolute favorite book growing up! Dog Breath The Horrible Trouble with Haley Tosis is a funny and excellent story about a dog named Haley Tosis that had horrible breath, She goes all over and it smells so awful to everyone, including her own family. But, her breath comes in use when she stops a robbery near the end of the book. This book emphasises the importance of good hygenine. It made me want to brush my teeth at night, thats for sure!
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David "Dav" Pilkey (b. March 4, 1966), is a popular children's author and artist. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the Captain Underpants book series. He lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife, Sayuri.

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