Tobi Little Deer
Tobi Books (2019)
Reviewed by Ciara (age 12) for Reader Views Kids (3/19)
I enjoyed reading “Lake Isle” by Tobi Little Deer. The author must be very close to his dog to have written a story that gives the reader the experience of what a dog is feeling, when he is separated from his owner. Tobi, a small dog living with his owner in New York, ventures out to a family’s farm in Vermont to stay for the summer while his owner Ted goes away on business. The story portrays a dog who has to adapt to new surroundings and new experiences while waiting for his owner to return.
I liked how the author had Tobi interact with different kinds of animals throughout the story, but only wrote about what Tobi was thinking as he was exploring his new home, while waiting for ted to return. There were a couple of sad parts in the book, but mostly a story of a dog’s adventures on a farm.
It was interesting to see how Tobi got along with the different characters in the story, and how each character had their own story to tell. They all had different hardships to overcome, but it seemed like the community was close and helped each other out.
I think my favorite part in the story was how Tobi and Rex got along. It was like Rex was a big brother figure to Tobi and they took care of each other. I also liked how Tobi would explain his excitement and fears of exploring on his own – like the time he went by the chicken coop and the rooster ambushed him, or how he thought that at the end of the farm’s driveway you would go into a black hole. Mostly because he could not see beyond that point, so in his opinion it just swallowed you up. “Lake Isle” by Tobi Little Deer is a wonderful story, especially for a person who loves animals. The reader gets to experience life through a dog’s eyes. The storyline is realistic and will kept the reader’s attention to the end. I can see how this book could continue on into several more stories of Tobi, and his interesting adventures!