Thursday, May 3, 2012

Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends by Charmaine Hammond - Review

Title: Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends
Author: Charmaine Hammond
Illustrator: Rose Anne Prevec
Publisher: Betty Youngs Books
Publish Date: September 1, 2011

Synopsis: Toby is a big, brown, happy dog. Every week, his owner, Miss Charmaine takes him to visit and comfort children who are in the hospital. Follow Toby the service dog for a day, and see how he makes friends with the children, helps make them happy and forget that they are sick and away from home. * Beautifully illustrated, Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog teaches young readers the wonders of being of service to others. * A happy story that also sends a positive message about community, as well as the importance of kindness to pets. From Amazon.

My Thoughts: This is a really adorable children's book. I have two things that stuck out so much to me. One, as the synopsis says, this book teaches children about helping others. Two, at the end of the book is a wonderful set of questions to ask your children about the book. 

The illustrations are so beautiful and a lot of fun. My girls loved looking at them all. One of their absolute favorites was Toby running around Miss Charmaine. They thought it was so funny. I loved Toby's red bandanna and his little teddy bear!

I really had a lot of fun reading Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends with my children. They loved hearing it, too. My five year old is learning to read in school and she read the book, mostly, by herself. I mean Charmaine is a big word for a little girl. 

I think that this is a book that little kids will really enjoy. Parents will love it, too, for the great lesson it teaches their children.


You can learn more about Toby and connect with Charmaine at Toby on Facebook, On Toby’s Terms on Facebook, On Toby’s Terms Website , and Toby’s Tales Website.

You can purchase both of Charmaine Hammond's books on Amazon at On Tobys Terms and Toby the Pet Therapy Dog.

I received Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends as part of a Karma Media campaign. All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. Lovely book review, sounds like you enjoyed it !!

  2. Thanks for the awesome book review!!