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Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa (Trophy Picture Books) [Paperback]

William Steig
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15 Mar 1994 Trophy Picture Books
Doctor Bernard De Soto, world-renowned mouse dentist, is back! This time, he's summoned to Africa to aid Mudambo, an elephant with an unbearable toothache.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (15 Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440830184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440830184
  • ASIN: 0062059017
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 21.6 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Steig's fresh, humorous turns of phrase, his amiable characterizations, and his gentle colors are as beguiling and ingenuous as ever."-- "K.""Devoted fans will give their eyeteeth for another story about the selfless, diminutive dentist."-- "The Horn Book"The vibrant, colorful illustrations exude a freshness and pizzazz that will leave readers wondering where the next worldclass toothache will strike."-- "Publishers Weekly

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Most children want to hear a storybook over and over again, which quickly becomes tedious for even the most indulgent parent. William Steig is one of the few children's authors who has managed to write books that children adore and adults enjoy, even when they can be recited from memory.

The adventures of Dr. Bernard De Soto and his wife Deborah are interesting and surprising. The illustrations are guaranteed to make both child and reader smile. Steig is most masterful in his use of words: he picks words that are not commonly heard, especially by children ("an ill-bred pachyderm with a preposterious schnozzola"), and the words he chooses are fun to say and to hear! My two year old loves to hear me say "Honkitonk", "Mudambo", "yes indeedle-de-doe" and "gold walulus". My six year old gets a thrill from hearing someone called a "moron", and learning about Caruso. I like the drawings of Mrs. Mudambo, an elephant who wears earrings and a necklace.

If you are searching for books that will satisfy a child's voracious appetite for repeated stories, check out William Steig's Dr. De Soto Goes to Africa. It just may keep you sane until your child learns to read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doctor de Soto goes to Africa 3 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I would not recommend this book for any age

Story idea is good but language very difficult for children to understand and huge chunks had to be changed so that all my group of children could get the meaning
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A find for the parent whose child demands repeat readings! 12 April 1997
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Format:Paperback
Most children want to hear a storybook over and over again, which quickly becomes tedious for even the most indulgent parent. William Steig is one of the few children's authors who has managed to write books that children adore and adults enjoy, even when they can be recited from memory.

The adventures of Dr. Bernard De Soto and his wife Deborah are interesting and surprising. The illustrations are guaranteed to make both child and reader smile. Steig is most masterful in his use of words: he picks words that are not commonly heard, especially by children ("an ill-bred pachyderm with a preposterious schnozzola"), and the words he chooses are fun to say and to hear! My two year old loves to hear me say "Honkitonk", "Mudambo", "yes indeedle-de-doe" and "gold walulus". My six year old gets a thrill from hearing someone called a "moron", and learning about Caruso. I like the drawings of Mrs. Mudambo, an elephant who wears earrings and a necklace.

If you are searching for books that will satisfy a child's voracious appetite for repeated stories, check out William Steig's Dr. De Soto Goes to Africa. It just may keep you sane until your child learns to read!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Product of a Strange but Brilliant Mind 17 Aug 2007
By Andrew Schonbek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What makes William Steig tick?

Reading this book one can only wonder at the inner workings of a sublime and zany mind. Is he mad? At times he seems to barely skirt the edge of lunacy - an imagination such as this is anything but normal.

Do you want your kids to read this?

Absolutely - just make sure they buckle their seatbelts first.

Here's how it starts...

"Doctor Bernard De Soto was such a one-in-a-million, humdinger of a dentist that the whole world knew about him, and also about his wife, Deborah, who helped him work his wonders".

De Soto, it should be noted is a very refined and professional looking mouse. But why in the world is his wife's name Deborah?

Steig continues, "The two of them were listening to Caruso one evening when this cablegram arrived"...

Of all the things the DeSotos might be listening to, why Caruso? The author surely has a reason as each such unexpected choice contributes to the the book's bent and altered state of reality.

The cablegram contains an offer of ten thousand gold walulus as an incentive for Dr. D. and his wife D. to travel to Dabwan West Africa to deal with the giant toothache of a seriously suffering elephant. And so the action gets underway.

Along the way things take a dark and scary twist. "Around midnight, while his wife slept, Dr. Bernard De Soto was kidnapped. A hand covered his mouth, and he was hustled off in the clutches of a certain rhesus monkey, Honkitonk by name."

Why in the middle of the book is the by now well known protagonist referred to as "Doctor Bernard De Soto"? By now you get the idea...

In the end, however, all is well. The successful dental intervention liberates the pachyderm from pain and he and his wife dance a "frolicsome fandango".

Just amazing.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor DeSoto, well-traveled mouse dentist! 18 July 2002
By Catherine S. Vodrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
William Steig's inimitable mouse creation, Doctor DeSoto, goes on a wonderful adventure in this wonderful book. Along with his able assistant and wife, Deborah, he travels via ocean liner to Africa to see about fixing the tooth of an ailing elephant. While there, the DeSotos get into all sorts of difficulties, all of which are vividly, colorfully illustrated by Steig.
Steig has a wonderful way with artwork, as those who love him already know, but he has an equally uncanny knack with narrative. Eschewing simple phrases and tiny words, he throws around plot and dialogue with great vim and vigor and his enthusiasm and childlike view of this mouse couple are infectious. Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, its Steig! 4 April 2012
By Charles A. Penn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There isn't much more to say than it is written by William Steig. The intelligent language, wry humor, and refusal to talk down to his youthful readers has always marked Steig's books; this one is no exception.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor DeSoto Goes To Africa 14 Sep 2009
By Sara Schortz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My son really enjoyed this book. He took it with him to his grandma's and read it to her, he also had to go to his dad's office to read it to him. It is one of his favorites.
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