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Toad Rage Hardcover – April 27, 2004
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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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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 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.
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!