It's business as usual at the office of Doctor Bernard De Soto, the world-renowned dentist, when a cablegram arrives begging him to come to Africa and work his wonders on an elephant with an unbearable toothache. But before he can help the suffering elephant, Doctor De Soto is kidnapped. The resolution of this adventure will delight young readers. ...
It's business as usual at the office of Doctor Bernard De Soto, the world-renowned dentist, when a cablegram arrives begging him to come to Africa and work his wonders on an elephant with an unbearable toothache. But before he can help the suffering elephant, Doctor De Soto is kidnapped. The resolution of this adventure will delight young readers. Full color.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-06-22 Articulating the affection of a multitude of fans--``Dr. Bernard De Soto was such a one-in-a-million, humdinger of a dentist that the whole world knew about him''--Steig reintroduces the debonair mouse-dentist and his beloved wife/assistant, Deborah. The dental dilemma of an elephant named Mudambo lead the duo on a pain relief mission to West Africa. No sooner are they ashore than Dr. De Soto is kidnapped by ``a certain rhesus monkey, Honkitonk by name,'' sworn enemy of Mudambo--who considers his foe ``an ill-bred pachyderm with a preposterous schnozzola.'' It's all here: the exuberant, Steigian phrases that somersault off the tongue, the nimble humor, the unflinching drama. Unfortunately, the rather complex plot doesn't utilize the dentist's by-now-legendary cunning for its resolution; it does, however, showcase the equally skilled, ever-faithful Deborah. Creatures of every stripe and feather populate this unique African jungle, evoking images and characters from previous works. Yet the vibrant, colorful illustrations exude a freshness and pizzazz that will leave readers wondering where the next world-class toothache will strike. Ages 3-up. (June)
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