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Toby Alone is a children's book written by French author Timothee de Fombelle, and translated into English by Sarah Ardizzone.


This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Face–Heel Turn: Leo betrays Toby and becomes a cruel, racist dictator.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Grass persons are often looked down to by the Tree people, many of whom who think they are evil (or cannibalistic). Leo Blue even made a plan to to murder all of the Grass persons by setting fire to the Prairie.
  • Give Geeks a Chance: Sim used to be a complete nerd who had no time to date. That is, until pretty Maya Alnorell appears at his door. They fall in love and soon marries each other.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
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    • Nils Amen when he pretends to be Toby to distract the searchers from finding Toby.
    • Leo Blue when he joins the good side and later kills Joe Mitch.
  • Incest-ant Admirer: Leo to Elisha, unaware of the fact that she's his half-sister. She does not return his feelings.
  • Lilliputians: All of the Tree people and the Grass people are tiny humanoids no more than a few centimeters tall.
  • Lost Lenore: Downplayed, as Norz Amen is not a prominent character. Norz's wife Lili Amen dies prior to the book events due to Death by Childbirth, leading to Norz mourning and neglecting his son Nils.
  • No Blood for Phlebotinum: Joe Mitch and other people fighting for the Tree Stone and the Balina.
  • Mouse World: All the characters are either tiny Tree people or equally tiny Grass people, capable of going their whole lives in the branches of a single oak or in a tiny patch of grass.
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  • Oblivious Adoption: Toby found out that Sim and Maya Lolness are not his biological parents.

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