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Toby Alone by Timothée de Fombelle

Toby Alone (2006)

by Timothée de Fombelle

Other authors: François Place (Illustrator)

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Series: Tobie Lolness (1)

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Really original and imaginative. Great adventure story while giving reader a fresh perspective on ecology. ( )
  edellaporta | Jul 13, 2014 |
"Every brain has its key," his father always used to say. "Mine is my bed. Yours is your plate. Eat before you think, or you'll think badly."

Standing a full one and half millimetres tall, Toby Lolness may not be much to look at, but what he lacks in height, he more than makes up for in his larger than life curiosity and appetite. The son of a brilliant scientist and the only daughter of the wealthiest family around, Toby and his family live in The Tree. Their lives are turned upside down when a discovery made by Professor Lolness could potentially save The Tree if used responsibly, but if abused in the wrong hands, may spell the disaster for the only home Toby has ever known. Running for his life with enemies hunting him on every branch, where friend has become foe, exiled and alone, Toby will have search deep within himself to find the courage and strength to be the hero he never imagined existed.

Toby Alone is pure gold. The story, the characters, the place, brought me back to a time where everything was magical. A tree was not just a tree, but the home for thousands of little people and all manners of creatures and critters. Where the grass was not just grass, but the border that separated two different worlds, as far apart and strange as two differing planets. A story that not only opens the door of imagination for children and adults alike, Toby Alone is wonderfully reminiscent of a combination of The Borrowers meets Roald Dahl. The book brilliantly weaves in social commentary on environmental responsibilities and respecting the differences in one another, but is never heavy handed or overly blatant in its message. Highly recommended for the child in all of us! ( )
2 vote jolerie | Sep 23, 2012 |
An allegorical tale for children about environmental issues, this book would make an excellent read for a middle school class. It is full of possibilities for discussions about morals, character motivation, and ties to our own world. The only downside to the book is that the ending is very unfinished, necessitating reading the sequel. (Note: there is some violence in this book, though less than in many fantasy books) ( )
  Megabaker | May 20, 2010 |
Toby Alone has classic elements shared by other juvenile fiction such as Watership Down and The Little Prince. There are strong allegorical undertones throughout that make this novel a strong candidate for use in the classroom. I look forward to reading the sequel. ( )
  TammyPhillips | May 17, 2010 |
Toby Alone is a translation from the French; the first in a two-part series that really needs the second part in order to have a satisfactory ending to the story as a whole. It premises a Lilliputian community of 10 cm high persons who live in a large tree and consider the tree their entire universe. They live much as humans do, with the exception that they face the types of problems only 10 cm high persons would face - giant beetles, birds, etc. that pose a threat to their existence. Toby and his family have been exiled from the upper reaches of the tree because Toby's father, a scientist, will not share a particular discovery he's made with the powers that be - a discovery that if it was shared could lead to the total destruction of their world.

Through a series of events Toby ends up alone, his parents in prison, and the story centers on his attempts to free them. There is; however, no satisfactory ending to this particular book; thus I look forward to reading the ending of the 2-part series, which should be published in English in late fall of 2010. ( )
  ThorneStaff | Jan 22, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fombelle, Timothée deprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Place, FrançoisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ardizzone, SarahTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gratama, EefTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grebing, SabineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Janderová, DrahoslavaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scheffel, TobiasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vasquez, Pedro KarpTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Toby Lolness is just one and a half millimetres tall, and he’s the most wanted person in his world, the great oak Tree. When Toby’s father makes a ground-breaking discovery, tapping into the very heart of the Tree’s energy, he also realises that exploiting it could do permanent damage to their world. Refusing to reveal the secret of his invention to an enraged community, the family is exiled. But one man is determined to get hold of the forbidden knowledge ... and his plan is to destroy the Tree. Now Toby's parents have been imprisoned and sentenced to death. Only Toby has managed to escape, but for how long?
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Toby Lolness may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but he's the most wanted person in his world, the world of the great oak Tree. Toby's father has made a groundbreaking discovery: the Tree itself is alive, lowing with vital energy, and there may even be a world beyond it. Greedy developers itch to exploit this forbidden knowledge, risking permanent damage to their natural world. But Toby's father has refused to reveal his findings, causing the family to be exiled to the lower branches. Only Toby has managed to escape, but for how long? And how can he bear to leave his parents to their terrible fate?… (more)

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Editions: 0763641812, 0763648159

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