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Toto's Tale and True Chronicle of Oz

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. Many other Oz books followed, as well as the famous 1939 movie. Not until now, however, does Toto tell the story, as he remembers it. In Toto’s Tale, we read his version of the beloved adventures. Toto tells how he first found Dorothy when she arrived in Kansas on an orphan train and how they were both adopte ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published September 2015 by Sylvia Patience
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Sylvia Patience W.W. Denslow was the illustrator of the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz published in 1900. I used some of his delightful illustrations in Toto's Tale.…moreW.W. Denslow was the illustrator of the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz published in 1900. I used some of his delightful illustrations in Toto's Tale. The cover was designed by Sylvie Drescher.(less)

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Jun 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, kindle
Received from: Sylvia Patience
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Why this book?

I was in my Oz mood and found this on NetGalley

What I thought

This is The Wizard of Oz told from Toto's point of view. I liked how the author put her own spin on the story. So it wasn't like reading The Wizard of Oz again, I found it weird how author gave the scarecrow and lion names though, it took me awhile to get used to it. I did find it funny that Toto started melting the witch by peeing on her. With that sad
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I first obtained this book through Netgalley and it asks you what attracted you to it. Was it the cover? Had you heard a lot about it? My reason for choosing it wasn't there. I chose it because I love anything to do with the Land of Oz.
It is quite possibly the most enchanting fictional place I've ever read about. Not only have I read the originals by L. Frank Baum but I've read Gregory Maguire's spin on things as well as seen the musical Wicked! All of which I have loved, I just can't get enoug
I liked to revisit the adventures of Dorothy told from Toto's POV, since I read the original book 25 years ago. There are some small original additions, that were funny to read.

I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ever so cute! Absolutely adorable! Follow along in Toto's footsteps down the yellow brick road!

Toto is too cute of a little pup. I love how this book incorporates his wish of wanting to be able to speak aloud, just like anyone and anything else in the Land of Oz. His wish is just as important as what everyone else wants to ask of the great Wizard of Oz.

The story is inspired more by the book than the movie perhaps, as shown in certain details like the silver shoes, instead of ruby shoes. I enjoye
La La
Usually when people write retellings or reimaginings of well-known stories they either set the story in the same world, but write about a completely new character or flesh out a secondary character who doesn't have much backstory, or they just use the bare-bones plot and themes and write totally outside any basis on canon. This story was none of these.

The story was very much scene for scene, action for action the original Wizard of Oz book. So first of all how imaginative is that? I could sit do
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Oz fans and/or if you love dogs.
Yes, we're definitely not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Sigh. I really love this charming book. It perfectly captures the heartwarming spirit of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. We all love the original story, the loveable Jack, Nick and Leo and obviously Dorothy and Toto. Then what's it like to see everything from the eyes of the feisty, boisterous pooch?

"That's my mouse." Its whiskers twitched toward me. I had learned about cats in Uncle Henry's barn. and could tell when one was going to fight. Fur was a
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, oz
NOTE: Received as an ARC from Netgalley.

We all know he exposed the "man behind the curtain," but in this retelling from Toto's point of view, we learn that he played an even bigger role in the famous story. The author does a pretty good job of matching Baum's writing style, with a hint of the MGM movie. A fun addition to the Oz books.
Laura Resau
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an utterly charming account of the famous Oz adventure... told from the point of view of the little dog. He makes for a thoroughly delightful narrator, offering a unique perspective, complete with astute canine observations like smells and tastes. The narrative feels rich and textured with the emphasis on these often-neglected senses.

And Toto's voice is fantastic, with plenty of wry commentary that made me smile and laugh throughout the story. The clever narrative stays faithful to Toto
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
For all you fantasy fans, this is a real treasure. As the author explains, it was inspired by the original Wizard of Oz stories by Frank Baum, not the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. However there are enough bits and pieces in the narrative that will remind you of episodes of,the film, that both book lovers and movie fans should be happy. One difference you will notice immediately is that the classic ruby slippers of the movie are silver. The story is charmingly illustrated with some of the or ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me by my sister probably since as Kansans we aren't only aware of all the Oz jokes that come with the territory but since we also enjoy the fake note that is passed around that is suppose to have come from Toto about him taking the slippers and leaving Dorothy behind. Also I was deeply vexed due to the fact that although Toto is a loyal and staunch friend, he is also the only one who doesn't seem to talk with the exception of one book where it wasn't much of anythin ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This cute, clever book is a retelling of L Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Toto's POV. Toto is a funny and brave little narrator who offers up interesting tidbits that were maybe overlooked in the original tale *wink*. (For instance, Toto figures out how to defeat the Wicked Witch of the West...after he pees on her foot.) The book is well-written, fast paced and full of action and heart. I think readers of all ages will enjoy this book. ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The day that I first held this book in my hand was monumental. I have watched my mother work diligently for years, honing and shaping her writing. When I read her first book, Wandering Time, I was already an avid lover of what she had to write. Already I recognized that she had a writing talent that surpassed many things that are out on the shelves. One may think that I am biased, but I am actually not easy to please when it comes to books. I recognize the truly well written, and I knew that her ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toto's Tale and True Chronicle of Oz by Sylvia Patience is a delight to read. The author is a friend, and I copy-edited the book for her, so I may be biased -- but I'm not writing anything I don't feel, and I'm quite picky about books. The book is narrated by Toto and his outlook is totally terrier! Which leads to a good few outright funny moments.

If Toto's narrative voice is half of the charm of the book, the other half is in the vivid and entertaining retelling of the familiar Wizard of Oz sto
Shawna Briseno
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Depending on what you're looking for in a story, this one is a slightly different take on the story most of us know and love. As a lifelong fan of The Wizard of Oz, I'm always up for a new angle. This one, however, is not that. Don't get me wrong, it's a good story. There's just nothing really new here other than the familiar story being told from Toto's point of view. And that's just how it's described. This one's a great tale for younger readers, especially when looking for stories dealing wit ...more
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
After reading this book, I feel like I need to go re-read the original books to see if it stays true to the original. I'm thinking it does, but I don't remember all the little details. The fact that the original illustrations were used is a plus, it helps the book tie in with the others. The main issue I had, was the mention of Toto marking territory all the time. I get it, dogs do that. It did have a point later in the story, but by that point, I was so sick of it being mentioned so many times ...more
This middle reader version of the Wizard of Oz told from the point of view of Toto the dog was fine. It did very little if nothing to add to the story, simply repeated the story in a simple fashion but used Toto as the narrator. It's a fine introduction to the story for someone who isn't familiar with it, but as for me, since there were few surprises and nothing new about the characters, I was quickly bored. Still, the illustrations are whimsical and the story is a classic, so I recommend it to ...more
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I've seen the Wizard of Oz and it was ok, for me I didn't fall in love with the story till I saw The Wiz. Man I love that movie and still watch it to this day. The live action version was amazing and I could go on and on about it. And with that love I went into Wicked thinking it was just going to be a fun way to kill a couple of hours, and um...I fell down the rabbit hole again. I love Wicked. I've seen it in two different countries in different languages and I love, love, love it.

With that sa
Joanne Lewis
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a delightfully written tale exploring L. Frank Baum's famous story of the Wizard of Oz, but this time told through the eye's of Dorothy's faithful dog Toto.

Narrating the tale throughout, Toto provides a unique perspective on the well-known adventure, frustrated by his inability to talk like the other characters but clearly with plenty to say!

The action stays true to the original storyline, although we
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

Too many people think that the Wizard of Oz story is essentially the remarkable film version. It's a great movie (one of the few that I do still watch repeatedly), but of course there's much more to the book upon which the move was based.

This delightful little book, Toto's Tale and True Chronicle of Oz, by Sylvia Patience, recounts the familiar story (as told in L. Frank Baum's book) but from the viewpoint of the only oth
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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The Writer's Inkwell

I’ve been a fan of The Wizard of Oz since I was a young child. Though I remember checking out the books from the library while in the second grade, I’m not sure I ever actually read the books. So for me, this was a new and interesting twist on an age old tale, one I’m sure mirrors the original story far more than the movie and play I am more familiar with.

However much I enjoyed the prospect of seeing a more thorough and different view of Oz. I fe
J. Roslyn
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
L. Frank Baum wrote 14 novels about the land of Oz before his death in 1919. The books were so popular that sequels continued to be written after his death by many different authors. There have also been stage plays, musicals, an early silent film and, of course, the glorious 1939 film starring Judy Garland. Yet, despite all of the above, no one has written Toto's side of the story. (You remember Toto, the adorable little dog who never left Dorothy's side. Who can ever forget the Wicked Witch of ...more
Connie Anderson
I picked up this story to get a start on it and I was unable to put it down until I was finished with it. It is, to me, better than the original 1930 one. This is based on that book and not the movie that was on tv every year. This is Toto's recounting of the story. It is sad that so often he tried to get his message across but no one would pay enough attention to him. Don't expect Dorothy to wake up in bed and say, "and you were in it! And you were in it!"

Some of my most unforgettable moments
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book about the Wizard of Oz from Toto's point of view. The illustrations scattered throughout the book were also a nice addition, and I loved how they had a vintage feel.

In this story, Toto has a wish that he'd like fulfilled by the Wizard, but he can't speak and he doesn't know how to let anyone know. As the story progresses, we see all the times that Toto has noticed something helpful, and he can't share it with anyone. All his traveling companions can communicate with each oth
Jul 31, 2016 added it
Shelves: netgalley
I obtained a copy of this book from NetGalley.

This is a fun little retelling of the Oz story from Toto, Dorothy's dog. It's been a while since I read/watched anything from Oz, and I've been meaning to refresh my Oz experience as the details were all muddled in my head.

For anyone in the same situation as I was, you should consider reading this book. It offers a fresh perspective on the tale while remaining true to the story line. Toto was such a darling, I enjoyed reading about his observations
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a charming story and a creative edition to the Wizard of Oz series. The book closely parallels the book version of the Wizard of Oz, which differs slightly from the movie.

She gives Toto such a charming personality and understands his desire to be social and communicate with his friends. I love how he corrects versions of the story that have eliminated his role as the hero without disdain or bragging but more with a desire to gain some additional affection. His constant commentary o
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
26 book challenge- a book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe.

As a child The Wizard of Oz was my hands down favorite movie. Somehow I didn't read the book until much later, but I loved that too. I was thrilled when I saw this book because Toto was always my favorite character.

This was a very cute story from Toto's point of view. There are a few changes from the original but not too many. Some of conversations seem to be word for word. The tin man, lion and the scarecrow got names. I thought tha
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-ARC of this book.

How delightful! The story of the Wizard of Oz told by Toto. Based
on the 1900 Frank Baum book with illustrations from the original
(now in the public domain), the story is retold with wit and humor
and a few changes to the story. Toto's voice and actions are definitely
those of a terrier and he has a great sense of humor. I really liked that
the author explained Dorothy's origins by putting her on an orphan
train from NY. This littl
Excalibur Snape
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my favourite version of the wizard of oz.
I just love that it was told from totoes point of view.
The pictures in this book were amazing.
I would highly recommend this retelling of The Wizard of Oz.
I didn't like the fact that there was no ruby slippers silver slippers just don't cut it.
I like that we were interduced to all four witches although we never get told the other good witches name.
This is a fun entertaining read and I will diffently be reading it again in the near future.
I would
Kristen Jett
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Toto's tale is a cute retelling that (mostly) stays true to the original story. If you loved the classic, you'll love this. Ever wonder what Toto was thinking during the journey? Now he's got the voice and wit to tell you!

Rating tore me a little - I'd go with a 3.5
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book quite a lot. As a retelling it was very good and to see it from Toto's POV was original and entertaining. I loved the illustrations too! I would recommend this book, so, so, cute and charming. 4.5 out of 5 stars. ...more
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Sylvia Patience lives in Santa Cruz, California with her family. She is a poet and author of four other, as yet unpublished, middle grade children’s novels including "The Double Crossing," historical fiction about the 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, and "Wandering Time," contemporary magical realism about "wandering" with a grandmother with Alzheimer's. ...more

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