- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
- Series: The Toad Books (Book 1)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Yearling; 1st edition (January 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375827633
- ISBN-13: 978-0375827631
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toad Rage (The Toad Books) Paperback – January 11, 2005
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Limpy's family reckons humans don't hate cane toads, but Limpy knows otherwise. He's spotted the signs: the cross looks, the unkind comments, the way they squash cane toads with their cars. Limpy is desperate to save his species from ending up as pancakes. Somehow he must make humans see how fabulous cane toads really are. Risking everything, he sets off on a wart-tinglingly dangerous and daring journey to . . . the Olympics?
This is the epic story of a slightly squashed young cane toad's quest for the truth.
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Morris Gleitzman has been a frozen-chicken thawer, fashion-industry trainee, department-store Santa, and screenwriter, among other things. Now he’s one of Australia’s best-loved children’s book authors.
From the Hardcover edition.
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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.
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. Will Limpy find out why humans hate his kind? Will canes toads be the new games mascot? Will they ever find their way home? Read the book to find out!
I loved this book because it took place in Australia, the author even used Australian words and phrases, like Squiz, Duco, & Stack me. There was even a glossary in the back for all the words you probably don't know unless you live in Australia. Also I loved the twisted sense of humor that was used in this book. Some of the things like " I'll do a wee in the water to cool it down" and "You haven't brought home another dead relative." The author spun a sad yet exciting tale of two toads on a quest to restore peace. This book opened a world of what the animal really might think about us humans, and how horrible we really can be.
On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this book a 10!! It was well written, and a good book altogether. The author made it realistic and funny for all ages. The second book, Toad Heaven, was just as good as the first. Still funny and well written. The third book, Toad Away, was not as good though because it was just less enjoyable. Anyone who wants to know a little about Australia, and likes animal books will like this book. Also by Morris Gleitzman- Toad Heaven, Toad Away, Toad Surprise, Worm Story, Teachers Pet, Once, and many many more!