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Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid [Hardcover]

Jane Yolen
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March 1985 Commander Toad
Commander Toad and his spaceship Star Warts answer a mysterious call for help from a flooded asteroid.
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Grade 1-3 Yolen treats beginning readers to another episode in the adventuresome life of the lovable Commander Toad. An SOS message which reads, "Help. Help. Beans swell. Beans bad," leads Toad and his crew to the depths of outer space in search of an ailing asteroid. Their journey takes them to a world completely inundated by water. Ultimately he learns that the land is flooded because rains have caused beans to swell and to clog all the drains. Being the natural hero that he is, Toad takes command of the situation and saves the asteroid by deflating all the beans, thereby unclogging the drains. Illustrations accompanying the text alternate between three-color and black-and-white cartoon-style drawings. Independent readers will enjoy Commander Toad's latest adventure. Joan Hamilton Bowman, Bucks County Free Library, Bensalem, Pa.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hold on, the planet is going down the drain! Feb. 6 2001
By Pamela
Format:Paperback
This is probably the most disappointing of the Commander Toad books, which my sons, ages 4 and 8, truly ENJOY and even beg for! It is a fun read, but not as outstanding as the other books in this series.
The crew receives a message from a planet inhabited only by doves. It turns out that their beans have swollen and clogged the storm sewer drains, causing the entire planet to flood. Very far-fetched, indeed.
The birds sent an SOS to Star Fleet when their wings grew tired from having no place to land. Mistaking their bird language, Commander Toad's crew brings a shipload of beans, which the birds don't really want. They just need dry ground on which to rest.
In the end, Commander Toad saves the day by swimming underwater to pierce the swollen beans with his official Star Fleet gadget. Then he must hold on to a statue of the Mayor while everything unattached goes down the drain! Swallow your disbelief!
The reason this book is not as good as the remainder of the series is because, in a few cases, the pictures don't mesh with the story. I.e. the text says Doc Peeper goes to the planet's surface, but the image doesn't show him in the sky skimmer. Also, the plot is even more oddball than usual.
Incredibly fun series of books. Try _Commander Toad and the Space Pirates_ or _Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy_.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hold on, the planet is going down the drain! Feb. 6 2001
By Pamela - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is probably the most disappointing of the Commander Toad books, which my sons, ages 4 and 8, truly ENJOY and even beg for! It is a fun read, but not as outstanding as the other books in this series.
The crew receives a message from a planet inhabited only by doves. It turns out that their beans have swollen and clogged the storm sewer drains, causing the entire planet to flood. Very far-fetched, indeed.
The birds sent an SOS to Star Fleet when their wings grew tired from having no place to land. Mistaking their bird language, Commander Toad's crew brings a shipload of beans, which the birds don't really want. They just need dry ground on which to rest.
In the end, Commander Toad saves the day by swimming underwater to pierce the swollen beans with his official Star Fleet gadget. Then he must hold on to a statue of the Mayor while everything unattached goes down the drain! Swallow your disbelief!
The reason this book is not as good as the remainder of the series is because, in a few cases, the pictures don't mesh with the story. I.e. the text says Doc Peeper goes to the planet's surface, but the image doesn't show him in the sky skimmer. Also, the plot is even more oddball than usual.
Incredibly fun series of books. Try _Commander Toad and the Space Pirates_ or _Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy_.
2.0 out of 5 stars Weird story. Beans plugging up drains on a planet ... July 2 2014
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Weird story. Beans plugging up drains on a planet of doves... Beans swell when in water. But when you stab them with a
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! May 1 2014
By Schuyler A. Cleven - Published on Amazon.com
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I had these read to me as a kid, and now I get to read them to my son! A fun read!
5.0 out of 5 stars mrd May 6 2013
By mrd - Published on Amazon.com
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These books are excellent gift for any children, and my grandson loves them. I ordered the hole set for him.
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves this series March 8 2013
By KittyGotClawz - Published on Amazon.com
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The only down side is that we finished the series now. This was the only one he was missing and he adored these books. Got him REALLY excited about reading! Which is amazing considering he's just turned 7!
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