Cover image for Toto's apples / by Mathieu Lavoie.
Toto's apples / by Mathieu Lavoie.
Publication Information:
London : Phaidon Press Limited, [2016]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Toto's desire for an apple sees him launch a series of plans to reach his desired meal.


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Creativity and perseverance lead to unexpected success for a little worm who goes after an apple high up in a tree

The apple is up high. Toto is down low.
A bird flies by. Toto has an idea.

And so this hilariously expressive little worm gets busy creating plan after plan to reach his desired meal. His crafty strategies are successfully executed but miserably unproductive... until the opportunity presents itself and Toto seizes the moment without foresight. With just the perfect balance of predictability and surprise, this tale reads like an animated short that the reader will want to see again and again.

Author Notes

Mathieu Lavoie is a children's book author and illustrator, as well as the creative director and co-founder of Comme des Géants, a children's book publisher based in Montreal. Mathieu lives in Montreal with his two children and his wife, award-winning author/illustrator Marianne Dubuc. This is his first book in English.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Who says all happy endings need to look the same? Not Lavoie, who debuts with a crisply narrated story of hard-won (and perhaps short-lived) success. Toto is a pink worm whose red-lined segments make him look like a fashion-forward sock with googly eyes. Those eyes are aimed squarely at a red apple in a tree, but "The apple is up high. Toto is down low." Art and ingenuity to the rescue! Grabbing his paintbrush (With what appendages? Who cares!), Toto turns a stick into a decoy worm, hitches a ride on the bird that swoops down to grab it-and winds up in the wrong tree. Toto's paintbrush makes two more appearances as he attempts to reach the apple, but it isn't until a girl named Didi procures the apple and drops it on the ground that Toto gets his chance. Lavoie's art is as dead simple as his writing, and his gouache paintings reduce the story's elements to their bare essentials. And if "Toto is happy" even after Didi keeps eating the dropped apple, swallowing the worm whole, who are readers to complain? Ages 2-5. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.