Published by Margaret Ferguson
Summary: Toasty is a piece of bread who dreams of being a dog. He can see there are differences–he doesn’t have fur, he has two arms and two legs, and he sleeps in a toaster–but he’s sure he can overcome these. He can bark like a dog, so he confidently decides to head out to the dog park. When he tries to play with the other dogs, they see him as a tasty snack to chase, and Toasty is forced to hide in a sandwich. Just as a girl is about to eat him, he starts barking. The girl is delighted: she’s always wanted a dog, but is allergic. The two become fast friends, and the final page shows them snuggling down to sleep. 32 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: Quirky? You bet, but strangely sweet as well. Kudos to Sarah Hwang for creating illustrations of a slice of bread that is as endearing as a puppy.
Cons: Will there not be a mold issue?