I read this book as a precursor to sending it to my 8 year old granddaughter and I got a huge kick out of it. I'd heard about it from a friend in Australia, who said her son read the entire series (this is the first) and regularly fell off his bed laughing at this story which gives a voice to that much despised critter, the Cane Toad. As the toad tells us, they didn't ask to be imported into Australia!
Kids 8-12, I think, would naturally enjoy this book, but they need to be a tad tough-minded. The Toad of the title is a spunky and sympathetic character, who remains optimistic about finding good in the world, despite the fact that every driver he meets goes out of his way to attempt to squash him. He's on a quest to get humans to be nicer to his kind, a scaley Don Quixote, a creature of strong convictions and high ideals. It's an exciting road trip across Australia for the plucky little guy, and you will root for him and laugh all the way. BTW a glossary of Aussie words will assist US readers and add to the fun of exploring the exciting world of Down Under.
- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (27 June 2016)
- ISBN-10: 0143308807
- ISBN-13: 978-0143308805
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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