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About the Author: William Steig


10 thoughts on “Doctor De Soto

  1. says:

    The doc is a mouse who is also a dentist, a very smart mouse. He treats animals of all sizes, but he is careful who he treats. He doesn’t treat cats or anyone that wants to eat mice. A smart policy in my mind. Well, one day, a fox is in terrible pain and begging to be treated and the doc and his wife decide to treat the poor creature knowing the dangers.

    They pull out a tooth and plan for a way to outfox the ol’ fox to keep from being eaten. The fox was planning on eating the doc too. I think the plan was not bad. It worked and could work, but is there an even better solution?? Maybe.

    The nephew loved seeing the mouse in the foxes mouth. He kept waiting for the jaws to slam shut and eat him. He kept asking if he was going to get eaten. He was sure it would happen. Overall, he enjoyed this little story and gave this 3 stars.

  2. says:


    “Doctor DeSoto” is a popular book written by the master children’s books, William Steig. This book is most notably known for winning the Newberry Honor Book award and has remained to be a favorite among the young readers for many generations.

    Doctor DeSoto” has an extremely unique storyline about deception. The fox was trying to be friendly towards the DeSotos in the second half of the story, thinking that they would not suspect his malicious intentions. But, Doctor DeSoto comes up with a creative solution in outfoxing the fox and therefore, turns the tables on the fox. Doctor DeSoto’s trickery towards the fox is probably one of the greatest trickster moments in book history since in “Stephanie’s Ponytail” when Stephanie tricked her classmates into shaving their heads bald. William Steig’s illustrations are vividly detailed as he masterfully illustrates the expressions on the characters’ faces of pity and uncertainty from the fox as he is treated by Doctor DeSoto and how Steig illustrates the buildings in the cities by coloring the buildings mostly brown and red and having the interior of each building be filled with flowers, couches, and colorful wallpapers that create a homely atmosphere to the story.

    Parents should know that there is a brief image of the fox’s tooth being pulled out by a lever machine and the tooth is somewhat bloody as drops of blood fall from the tooth. Young children who are frightened of the dentist may worry about this image so parents should try to either skip over this image or reassure their children that the fox is alright from this procedure, even though he states, “I’m bleeding!”

    “Doctor DeSoto” is one of William Steig’s greatest classics since it contains a trickery scene by Doctor DeSoto that will remain a cult favorite for many years. Children about ages six or younger will simply adore this book for its cute characters and exciting storyline and the adults will love the fact that Doctor DeSoto has taken a great profession in dentistry and I am sure that this book will be a favorite for many years. Also, if you love “Doctor DeSoto,” check out the sequel “Doctor DeSoto Goes to Africa” that also features the wise doctor.

    Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  3. says:

    A very cute story, about a mouse dentist and his assistant mouse wife who treat all sorts of creatures, except those that would eat them.

    But they’re so kindhearted that when a fox begs for help, they relent and do their jobs. Of course, the fun part is how they outsmart the fox to render him harmless to them.

    This would be a great book for kids about to visit the dentist or kids who are scared of dentists, or those who like dentists too. I never had a cavity and never needed any painful dental procedures when I was a child, so I was never scared of dentists. I liked my pediatric dentist a lot.

    The bloody pulled tooth might gross out some readers/listeners though.

    I loved the illustrations. The expressiveness of the animals was wonderful, and each picture had a lot to look at, and I loved the color palette used. I enjoyed the pictures on every page.

    I am confused though: my copy has a Newbery Honor Book sticker on it. It’s unusual for a picture book to be nominated for a Newbery Award. Those awards are generally given to novels. I thought this was a fine story but not Newbery worthy. Caldecott worthy? Perhaps.

  4. says:

    Here is the story of an amazing mouse-dentist named Dr. De Soto and his kindly assistant (and wife). They treat all manner of animals--except those that like to eat mice! But, when a well-dressed and much-suffering fox wanders past one day with a terrible toothache, Mrs. De Soto can't bare to see him suffer and convinces her husband to help. But, the fox--true to the foxes' reputation--is sly and cannot be trusted. Dr. De Soto and his wife survive the first day, but the fox needs a second treatment. Dr. De Soto never lets a job go unfinished, but he and his wife might have just the thing to outsmart the clever fox.

    This book made a huge impression on me as a child. The illustrations fascinated me. I loved all the contraptions Dr. De Soto used to service the various animals, and the tooth popping out of the fox's mouth (complete with blood dripping off it!) was so horrible and intriguing! I never had a fear of dentists, so I am not sure whether this book contributed to that or whether children sensitive to dentists would find Dr. De Soto's methods a bit unnerving. However, overall I would recommend this as an enjoyable and winning combination of story and illustration.

  5. says:

    I never imagined that a story about a dentist could be charming, but this one is. I enjoyed the story well enough, but what tickled me were the illustrations, especially the ones with the mouse dentist being hauled up on pulleys by his wife to work on the teeth of very large animals. I was also charmed because the Desotos reminded me so much of my own dentist and his wife-assistant, an older Romanian couple who live around the corner from me and do excellent work at low prices (just one of the reasons why it's better to live in Queens than Manhattan). There's no physical resemblance, but they have the same unassuming quality of quietly efficient teamwork that I see in Steig's mouse characters. My eight-year-old boy (who is still eager to have picture books read aloud to him despite reading chapter books independently) enjoyed the story a lot, although he was worried for a while about whether a story about a mouse climbing inside of the mouth of a fox was going to end well.

  6. says:

    I think Doctor De Soto should have referred the fox to another dentist. I mean, it's not like he didn't have enough non-mice eating patients bringing in business!
    That said, I love the idea of a mouse dentist. I wish MY dentist was a mouse, with tiny little mouse-sized drills. They'd be much quieter and precise. Also, I bet I could pay him in cheese.

  7. says:

    To check out my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com

    I do not remember if I ever read this book until now or if a teacher read it to the class or even if I saw the animated short film but this classic book sounds awfully familiar. It was cute, sweet, and funny which I believe will be a hit for kids but it wasn't 5 stars material for me.

    We meet Doctor De Soto who is a mouse dentist who takes care of all type of animals who are harmless to mouse. He is a successful dentist and has many useful mechanism to help fix his clients teeth regardless of their size. One day they hear a fox roaming outside of the office who is crying in pain because his tooth hurts. He wants Doctor De Soto to cure him of his pain and at first the doctor is reluctant but finally gives in and cures him by removing the fox's rotten tooth.

    During the surgery process, Doctor De Soto and his wife overhear the fox talking about eating them when he was dreaming and they realize that the fox may have other motives once his pain is taking care of and they decide that they must outsmart the fox before he eats them as snacks. So they tell the Fox to come get his replacement tooth for the next day and during that time Doctor De Soto is clueless about what needs to be accomplished until talking to his wife does the idea come and save the day.

    I do not want to give the ending away because this was an entertaining book but by the time I reached the last few pages it became clear how Doctor De Soto found the solution to his problem and while it sounded familiar it was brilliant nonetheless. I wish I could have given it 5 stars but this book didn't blow my mind like other children books and I believe it is because of an age issue. I believe if I were younger I would absolutely love this book to pieces.

    I highly recommend this book for both children and parents to read and this author is famous especially since he wrote the book Shrek. Until next time...

  8. says:

    So I had never heard of this book nor this author before. When I looked into other books he wrote I found out that he is the one who wrote Shrek. Though from what little (and I do mean little) research I've done the movie is very loosely based on the book. Either way that baby is getting added to my to be read pile. But this isn't about Shrek. This is about Doctor De Soto.

    Doctor De Soto is a dentist. This mouse takes care of patients of all sizes. But his one rule is to not take dangerous patients like cats. One day a fox comes to his office with a bad tooth and begs Doctor De Soto to fix his tooth. Doctor De Soto agrees but what can he do to keep the fox from gobbling him up?

    I really enjoyed this one. For some reason children's literature loves to make foxes out to be bad. Not all foxes are bad. It is just their nature just like wolves, cats, sharks etc. There is this idea that carnivores should just starve...anyway I digress. 

    This was a cute story with Doctor De Soto coming up with a sly (like a fox) solution to keeping that fox from snapping him up in those mighty jaws of his. The illustrations were great and the length of this book is great for a bedtime story.

    5 out of 5 stars

  9. says:

    Another day, another book read to the 2nd graders. I love having this excuse to revisit children's literature. The kids quickly became invested in this story, responding to my prompts with guesses of what would happen to Dr. De Soto, Mrs. De Soto, and the fox. Their speculations were so imaginative! Colorful illustrations and a clear narrative (with complex action verbs!) that flowed from beginning to end.

  10. says:

    Does anyone else remember this book from their childhood? I read it many times in, oh, grade 1 I think. Maybe Prep. You'd think a book about a mouse dentist, complete with illustrations of teeth extractions (with blood drops) would be off-putting for a child. Instead, the opposite was true: I was fascinated by the pictures and loved the story. I was browsing one day in the children's section and saw it - I had forgotten all about it but instantly recognised it.

    Doctor de Soto is, as I said, the story of a mouse dentist and his assistant wife, Mrs de Soto. He's an excellent dentist, with nimble hands, and extra-large patients like him because, with the help of a winch and his wife, he can hoist himself right into their mouths to work! But "cats and other dangerous animals are not welcome". (Today we would exclaim, "Discrimination!")

    When a fox turns up one day, in great pain with a toothache, and begs for Dr de Soto's help, the good dentist decides to accept him as a patient. The fox is grateful, but can't help thinking what a tasty morsel the mice would be. So, before his return visit when the dentist will fit a new gold tooth in the fox's mouth, Dr de Soto and his wife come up with a plan to ensure they won't be eaten.

    It is very much a tale of the small, vulnerable one besting, with wits, the bigger, more powerful one. Outwitting dangerous foes rather than resorting to violence is a common theme in children's books, especially in the 80s it seems. The fox was going to take advantage of the dentist, have his toothache cured and a new gold tooth fitted and then betray him. You could say it is a reflection of capitalist society as much as anything else. But it is also about helping others despite feeling threatened, and not pre-judging.

    It all came flooding back as I re-read it, and saw again those familiar illustrations (done by the author). Suddenly, my childhood and my present self were so much closer, almost touching, though memories of the past have been supplanted by new ones. It has new life. Especially as my husband Adam has taken to using "doctor de soto" as an adjective for, well, anything. "I feel very de-sotoed" we'll tell each other, or "It's very doctor de soto" - it means nothing and everything and is a private joke between us. And so a childhood book retains its nostalgia while also taking on a new place in the present!

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