Doctor De Soto, the mouse dentist, is very good at his work. He treats small animals in his normal dentist's chair, and bigger animals by climbing on a ladder. He reaches the biggest animals by pulley, and he works right inside their mouths.
The doctor and his assistant (who also happens to be his wife) are very careful not to let in "dangerous" animals — animals who eat mice, that is. One day, however, a forlorn-looking fox with a terrible toothache convinces them that he needs treatment. They take pity on him, but once Doctor De Soto has pulled out the bad tooth, the fox feels better — perhaps a little too much like his old self! So before Fox returns to get his new replacement tooth, the De Sotos come up with a plan that lets Doctor De Soto finish the job...without getting eaten, that is.
This clever and original story is a joy to read and share. Children will relish looking at the full-color illustrations, which are full of details that capture the imaginative absurdity of the situation.
A Newbery Honor Book