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Welcome to the world of Doctor De Soto, a clever mouse-dentist whose renown has spread throughout the entire animal kingdom! While his gentle touch and professional demeanor certainly have something to do with his popularity, most notable are his inventive methods enabling him to treat animals of virtually every size and kind. Every kind, that is, except for "cats and other dangerous animals," (the reason for this exception likely being that a devoured dentist is no dentist at all). Doctor De Soto and his wife-assistant hold fast to this rule until one day when a miserable fox shows up on their doorstep, begging for relief from his rotten bicuspid. Moved to pity at the animal's pain, the munificent mice agree to admit the formidable fox. The fox manages to remain on his best behavior while conscious, but once the De Soto's administer anesthesia in preparation for the periodontal procedure, Mr. Fox falls into unconsciousness and his medicated mutterings betray his intent to eat the mice in payment for services rendered. When the wily fox "comes to," he learns that he must return to the dentist's office the next day to receive his replacement tooth, and so he decides to postpone the wicked deed. That night, the doctor and his wife lie awake worrying for their safety. Read and find out about the plan they concoct in hopes of "outfoxing" their ungrateful patient. 28 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel P.