Doctor De Soto

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Author: William Steig

Illustrator: William Steig

STEIG, William. Doctor De Soto. NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux [1982]. 8vo, [32]pp. Maroon cloth with spine stamped in gold. Color illustrations on every page. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (no medal affixed).

First edition, bearing “First edition, 1982” on copyright, 9 titles listed on rear jacket flap, and no barcode on jacket. 1983 Newbery Honor Book! With the aid of his able assistant and wife, Dr. Desoto copes with the toothaches of animals large and small. His expertise is so great that his fortunate patients never feel any pain. Since he's a mouse, Doctor De Soto refuses to treat "dangerous" animals – that is, animals who have a taste for mice. But one day a fox shows up and begs for relief from his aching tooth. How can the kindhearted De Sotos turn him away? But how can they make sure that the fox doesn't give in to his baser instincts once his tooth is fixed? Those clever De Sotos will find a way! Steig at his clever, whimsical best!