Publishers Weekly Review
"Shannon juggles dark humor and an anti-peer-pressure message," said PW of this tale of a girl whose affliction causes her to change colors and shapes at others' commands-until she is cured by admitting the truth (she loves lima beans). Ages 3-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Library Journal Review
PreS-Gr 2‘Corny jokes, plays on words, and garishly colored illustrations are Pilkey's stock-in-trade. This outrageous book continues the tradition. Hally is a fine, loving dog with horrible breath. Even skunks avoid her. When Mr. and Mrs. Tosis decide to give her away, their children try to cure the problem, but nothing works. Her days as the family pet are numbered‘until she licks the faces of two burglars. They pass out cold on the living-room floor, and Hally becomes a heroine. With clothespins on their noses, the family concludes that ``...life without Hally Tosis wouldn't make any scents.'' Two levels of humor coexist in this book, neither of them subtle. Children will laugh at pictures of people reeling from Hally's breath, while adults will groan over some of the more sophisticated puns. The simplified cartoon drawings in comic-book colors will attract many browsers. While this is a one-joke story, many children should find it funny.‘Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Ages 4-7. Wordplay at a basic level is at the heart of this sweet, funny picture book, much as it was in Dogzilla [BKL S 1 93]. Here, however, the plot is totally original, and the canine featured is Pilkey's artistic creation, not his real-life dog. Good-natured Hally, who belongs to the Tosis family, has bad breath. Fearing the loss of their loving pet, the Tosis children search for a cure, but not even a "breathtaking" mountain view seems to help. When Hally knocks two burglars cold with slurpy, smelly kisses, the Tosises decide to opt for clothespins on their noses "because life without Hally Tosis just wouldn't make any scents." Clouds of green breath wafting through the pictures create a scenario that's sure to appeal to a child's goofier side--especially if there's a pooch in the family. And the bright colors Pilkey uses add a marvelous effervescence to the zany goings-on. ~--Stephanie Zvirin