- 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: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,064,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Toad Rage Hardcover – April 27, 2004
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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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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.
Since many other reviewers have given excellent plot summaries, I will simply say that Toad Rage is combo road trip -- walkabout and a quick, fun read!!
Toad Rage is the hilarious road trip of a young naïve cane toad's attempt to befriend humans and make them see the light on how nice and cuddly these warty amphibians are. Limpy(he has a bum leg) goes on a quest across Queensland to find an amiable human, a journey that forces him to battle and escape, cruel children, hungry rats and the occasional truck tire. Getting flattened is not an option for our intrepid hero.
There's a good giggle on every page and I love the use of Aussie slang. In one hilarious scene Limpy discovers a delightful smorgasbord of bugs squished and flattened against the grill of truck he's hitched a ride on. Yummy. It's disgusting and gross and I loved it. You'll fall in love with Limpy too. If only humans could learn to be as kind hearted and open minded as this brave little cane toad the world would be a better place. All in all a good rollicking fun filled tale. Get it and laugh you butt off.