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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Toad Books
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375827676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375827679
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Limpy, the pacifist cane toad, continues his noble quest to make friends with humans in this third entry in the zany Australian series. He is convinced that making peace is the way to stop humankind from flattening his relatives on the highway. His cousin Goliath, a perfect caricature of a gruff, dimwitted platoon sergeant, prefers to wage war. Hearing that their Amazonian relatives have discovered the secret to a peaceful coexistence between human and toad, Limpy, his sister, and Goliath hitch a ride on some migratory birds and rush to uncover the mystery. Finding the Amazon to be a murderous war zone with hostility among all of its animal inhabitants, the toads think their mission is hopeless-until they find that all humans are not bent on destroying them, and one in particular-an ancient wise man-reveals the sought-after secret. Ecological and peace-loving messages are nicely woven into the text, and all the toads have appealingly distinct personalities. A loving sibling relationship adds a gentle touch. The plot moves quickly, and there is enough kooky humor to hold children's interest. Although the book stands on its own, readers may seek out the earlier adventures. Animal fantasy fans will be delighted with this unusual perspective on the world and will be gobsmacked when they learn the secret to peaceful coexistence. A helpful glossary of tricky Australian lingo is included.-Quinby Frank, formerly at Green Hedges School, Vienna, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. In his third adventure, Limpy, an Australian cane toad, heads to the Amazon with Cousin Goliath and Sister Charm to learn how their relatives coexist successfully with humans. The humor is occasionally gross (and sometimes not for the squeamish), but the pace is fast, the prose lively, and Gleitzman presents intriguing facts about toads as he acquaints kids with some important environmental issues. Give this to children who like the nonfiction Grossology series as well as readers already acquainted with the intrepid toad. A glossary of Australian slang terms is appended. Shelle Rosenfeld
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on August 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
My 10 year old son has read all the Toad books and loved them. He is not a book lover either...wish there were more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just a Mom on January 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 9 year-old son and I read these books together and fall apart in fits of laughter. Just good, clean fun!
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By Sheri on June 30, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I love reading this series to to my special education class. It has a delightful perspective and my kids love it.
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By N. Jenkins on February 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
My 6 year old son is really enjoying this book. He is almost half-way through and is already asking me to get the other Toad books by this author. He is an avid reader and loves the silliness and adventure of this story.
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