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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st American edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375827625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375827624
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,882,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-Young Limpy just can't figure out why humans hate his kind so much that they gleefully squash cane toads flat on the road every chance they get. Determined to be a goodwill ambassador, he sets off to change people's minds, but meets with nothing but vilification until he and his hapless cousin Goliath hitch a truck to the city and become involved in the hoopla surrounding a major athletic competition, The Games. Humor, both outrageously broad and tongue-in-cheek, permeates this tale of a toad that won't quit trying. The rollicking Australian slang (a glossary explains such expressions as "rack off" and "stack me") and the eye-popping adventures and characters make for a hugely funny read. Stack me, mate, one squiz at this book and kids will read it until they're puffed!-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Gr. 3-6. In this amusing Australian import, readers get an amphibian's perspective on road kill. Limpy, a young cane toad, is horrified at how many of his family members have tragically died, flat as a pancake, on the road. He cannot understand why humans seem to go out of their way to run over toads. Desperate to save the rest of his family from the wheels of passing cars, Limpy decides he must do something to close the rift in human-toad relations, and he embarks on a risky campaign to show humans how nice cane toads can be. This funny tale of one toad's bold quest to reach out to another species will give readers plenty of laughs. Ed Sullivan
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Very funny and an easy reader.
Jeep Girl
I loved this book because it took place in Australia, the author even used Australian words and phrases, like Squiz, Duco, & Stack me.
LArules
BTW a glossary of Aussie words will assist US readers and add to the fun of exploring the exciting world of Down Under.
Juliet Waldron

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Who would have thought that I would love a book about Australian Cane Toads!?! It is fantastic. Limpy is a little Australian Cane Toad who has had many relatives flattened by trucks and cars. (Apparently this happens quite a bit in Australia). Limpy was hit by one but survived -- and has a limp that causes him to go in circles when he tries to run. He has a sister called Charm and a cousin called Goliath who is much larger than your average toad. Limpy and his gang cannot figure out why human being hate them. I love this book. It should be a movie!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Mills on May 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be a 'toadal' riot! Stack me! I always read my kids books and though this book has a few odd bodily frog things going on, it is a great way to get kids to learn a little vocabulary and geography from down under (there is a glossary at the back of the book). I highly recommend this book and can't wait until I read another Gleitzman book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Owl on February 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. I teach 7th grade English and read it aloud to my students. They loved it and couldn't wait to hear what Limpy was up to next. It's rare to find a book that a majority of 7th graders will enjoy. They all want to hear Toad Heaven, so they can see more of Limpy and his family. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Perrault on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Yeah yeah, 20 and still reading kids books. This book is awesome and a quick read. Really vivid descriptions of places and things, I would reccomend this to babysitters and parents of kids at any age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman

"It's too dangerous, stay here," says Limmpy a Cane toad with a bad leg as he sets out on an adventure to answer his life long question," Why do humans hate us?" Limmpy's leg is bad because it got run over by a truck when he was little and if he runs too fast he goes around in circles.

Toad Rage will take you on an adventure with Limmpy, Goliath, and Charm. It's a good book for all ages and is funny and informational. Charm, Limmpy's younger sister, is sweet and somewhat stubborn. Limmpy's cousin Goliath is big but very stubborn. This book will keep you hooked 'til the very end.

Reading this book will teach you that life isn't always fair, that some things just can't be changed, and above all don't judge a book, human, or animal by its cover.

December, 19, 2006, 12/19/06
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeep Girl on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
What a hysterical read this is for adult and child. This book will entertain and enourage easily distracted young readers to press on and experience and misadventures of Limpy and his enormous family of uncles and sibling toads! From his crusted over uncle still littering the roadway to close calls in the pit, you'll never look at toads in the same way again! Very funny and an easy reader.

Highly recommended!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By teen reader on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book at the library -- I had never heard of it before. I didn't stop laughing. Limpy, the little lame cane toad, is an unlikely hero but a hero he is. The world of the cane toad that Australian author Morris Gleitzman paints for us is laced with humor that will appeal to all ages. I highly recommend it if you need cheering up.
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By LArules on May 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
` "Well,"Limpy was about to say, "it's like this. Humans have hated cane toads since the dawn of time and they probably always will. We just have to accept it, like we have to accept that flying insects are attracted to highway lights and crawling insects are attracted to wombat poo. It's just the way things are. Don't worry your little head about it." `

Toad Rage is about a cane toad named Limpy, that lives by a highway in Australia. When Limpy was a baby toad a big truck almost ran him over, but luckily the truck only ran over his foot. Ever since then, when Limpy hops too fast he starts hopping in circles. Limpy thinks that humans must hate cane toads, because almost every day Limpy peels another dead relative on the road and adds them to the stack of dead relatives in his room. The rest of his family doesn't think that humans hate cane toads, and that they just don't see them in the road. Limpy decides to set off on a quest, to ask the humans why they hate cane toads, and to find out how the humans could possibly like cane toads better. His first stop is a gas station. When limpy arrives at the gas station days later, he sees humans, lots of humans. Limpy isn't prepared to face so many humans, so as quick as his legs could carry him, he hopped to the nearest hiding place, which just so happened to be a pair of underpants. Soon enough a human discovered that Limpy was in his undies and started running right towards him. Limpy hopped away and soon ended up on the front of a truck. Throughout Limpy's travels he finds his cousin Goliath, who he thought was dead, gets chased by teenagers, gets somewhat saved by agirl, stays in the back of a truck for a few days, and stays with a young girl. Limpy thinks that if he becomes a games mascot, the humans will like him better.
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