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Doctor De Soto (1982)

by William Steig

Series: Doctor De Soto (1)

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Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.
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Mx asked for this multiple times in a row. Its about a dentist. ( )
  Mx2018 | Jun 5, 2023 |
Dr. De Soto is an animal dentist. Not only does he work on animals, but he is one himself! De Soto is a mouse that works on all manner of animals (that wouldn't eat a mouse) that are also all manner of sizes. He has special chairs for the larger types and a regular chair for those closer to his own size. The doctor's wife assists him with his practice who, very often has to rig up some elaborate pulleys for her husband to reach into his patient's mouths. Dr. De Soto is very popular with his patients because of his delicate touch and almost painless work. One day, a tearful fox showed up outside the office, clearly in immense pain. This caused Dr. De Soto and his wife a crisis of conscience. Do they treat the poor fox and risk being dinner? Or do they turn him away to remain miserable? Well, of course De Soto decides to help the poor animal. The doctor discovered a rotten tooth in the fox's mouth that needed extracting and he would need to replace the tooth the next day. The night before they were to see the fox to place the new tooth, the two mice lay awake worrying that as soon as they were done, they would be Fox's lunch. They hatched a plan that would convince the fox that he would be rid of toothaches forever if they could paint a preparation on his teeth after his tooth was replaced. Well, the fox thought that sounded pretty good, indeed. He would get the treatment and then treat himself to a nice lunch. What he didn't realize, however was that this preparation would glue is jaw shut for a day or so. The fox was, indeed, outfoxed!
  anicol83 | Jul 29, 2022 |
My first and only foray into plagiarism was carried out when I ripped this plot off COMPLETELY (instead of a mouse I used a squirrel) at the age of 8ish and won a story contest that took me to a young writer's conference at the University of Iowa. Though I really didn't know any better, I am now ashamed, and would like to relinquish my award if I still had it or knew to whom or where to send it. I gave this five stars, because it's the only book that ever got me anything cool. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
My first and only foray into plagiarism was carried out when I ripped this plot off COMPLETELY (instead of a mouse I used a squirrel) at the age of 8ish and won a story contest that took me to a young writer's conference at the University of Iowa. Though I really didn't know any better, I am now ashamed, and would like to relinquish my award if I still had it or knew to whom or where to send it. I gave this five stars, because it's the only book that ever got me anything cool. ( )
  invisiblecityzen | Mar 13, 2022 |
Always a fun one! Dentist De Soto and his wife help out a fox with a toothache...but also protect themselves and "outfox the fox." ( )
  books-n-pickles | Dec 29, 2021 |
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