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Commander Toad in Space Paperback – April 16, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Commander Toad
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (April 16, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698113551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698113558
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1998
Format: Turtleback
Commander Toad is a delight. He's "bold and bright", though not quite as bright as he thinks. His crew (an amalgam of loose takes on Star Wars and Star Trek characters) puts up with his prideful ways, because he is, after all, a good leader. Together with his mixed-gender crew he gets into and out of a wonderful series of scrapes. This book is the first in the series.
Jane Yolen writes for kids. For example, when Commander and crew are threatened by a sea monster who makes it clear that they're about to be lunch, I asked my 4-year old what he thought would happen.
"Shoot him with a ray gun," he answered.
"I don't know," I said. "I think that they'll find out that the monster's just lonely, and they'll make friends."
Turn the page, and BAM! Lt. Lily, Toad's female weapons master, is blasting away (to no effect). Thanks, Jane. Only you could make a story about a bunch of space-explorer frogs be true-to-life.
Jane Yolen also writes for the adults who read books to their kids. There's nearly a pun a page, and the Commander's ludicrous solutions to problems have a germ of genius unrestrained by the laws of physics that will have you shaking your head over his cleverness.
Buy this book, or regret the lost opportunity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
It's the best Commander Toad book! I like them all. They all are great. The monster in this one was cool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Imagine A Book SF on July 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first science fiction books I ever read to my children.

My eldest is in college now, and I asked if she remembered the series. She did! In much greater detail than I would have imagined.

If you love science fiction and would like to pass that love on to your children, I recommend this series very highly.

If you don't, they are still fabulous books.

Reasons I read this series to my kids:

#1 - It gave me an excuse to read them!
#2 - The name of the ship is Star Warts.
#3 - Its mission: to find new worlds, to explore old galaxies, to bring a little bit of Earth out to the alien stars.
#4 - Puns!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on June 21, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son (who is entering second grade) read this book to me. It is at his reading level (early second grade), but the text did not seem to interest him. It is hard to say why not. The text was relatively clever and the pictures were well-drawn. He likes Frog and Toad much more (as do I).
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I had these read to me as a kid, and now I get to read them to my son! A fun read!
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