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Toads on Toast Hardcover – Sep 1 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (Sept. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554536626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554536627
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 0.9 x 26.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"... almost 100 percent of your students will want to hear the book again." --Kirkus Reviews "... crackerjack dialogue ... loose, humorous cartoons ... Children in foodie households accustomed to discussions of how dishes are prepared will take to this and they'll probably enjoy Toad-in-a-Hole, too." --Publishers Weekly "Bailey's dialogue is snappy and amusing, and the illustrations recall the scrappy TV-animation style of Chuck Jones." --The New York Times

About the Author

Linda Bailey is an award-winning author of many books for children, including Goodnight Sweet Pig, Stanley's Party, the Stevie Diamond Mysteries, and the Good Times Travel Agency series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Colin Jack works as a story artist and character designer in the animation industry, and has been involved in such productions as Hotel Transylvania, Grossology and Ed, Edd n Eddy. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and their two toadlets.

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Linda Bailey is the author of the series about the mischevious mutt, Stanley. Stanley's adventures are all about how to get into and out of trouble- and Bailey is never afraid to go a little darker than most picture books would.

In this book the ennui-ridden Fox gets new culinary inspiration from some new cookbooks (the bookstore owner giving Fox the stinkeye for trying before buying is a favourite scene). This means he's off to find some young toads for dinner. But young toads mean one thing - a protective mama toad. Will Fox get his delicious dinner? Will Mamma Toad sacrifice herself to save her alieneseque young? There's real tension before we get the answers.

The inclusion of a recipeat the back (toad is luckily scratched off the ingredient list) is a great addition, and my kids had fun cutting holes in the bread for our version of Toad in the Hole.
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The book was a fun read ...and the recipe at the end was an added and tasty bonus! What a great lesson in seeing alternatives.
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the Grandkids want it read over and over. I gave it to 2 families and both are enjoying the book
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My 22-month old son loves this and so do I! Very cute pictures and easy-to-read story.
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HASH(0xa428a3f0) out of 5 stars A wonderful accompaniment to a Toads-in-the-hole breakfast Feb. 1 2015
By Sunshine on a Rainy Day - Published on
Fox is bored and wants to try something different. Every day he catches fat toads by the pond. He goes to a book store and reads that he should be catching small toads that are young and tender. Fox sets out and catches a bag full of young toads even though it is more difficult work. As he is getting ready to cook the young toads, Mama toad comes along and tries to persuade Fox not to eat her children. She shows him how to make a recipe called Toad-in-a-hole which doesn't involve toads at all. The Fox and toads sit down to eat this delicious treat and no toads are harmed in the process.

The illustrations are made digitally. They are bold and heavy on color.

At first I was disturbed by this story as it talks about skinning, boiling and eating toads and the fox is excited about eating the legs of the smallest toads. He has a row of knives he is prepared to use in the cooking of the toads. But the story turns less violent when Mama toad comes on the scene. The violence troubled me especially because this book is advertized for ages 3-7. Perhaps skipping the more graphic words while reading this aloud for the littlest ones would make it work better.

Throughout the story, the young toads create quite a bit of mischief in the background which is fun to watch and gives you the feeling that Fox would never be able to hold on to those toads long enough to eat them.

At the end, the author includes a recipe for Toad-in-a-hole so you can make your own after reading the story. This is the American version of Toad-in-a-hole (egg inside of toast) not the British version that includes sausage.
HASH(0xa42d4198) out of 5 stars Very cute June 14 2014
By Soul Thirsty - Published on
I checked this out from the library maybe a year ago and my 3 year old daughter still remembers it. Besides the fact that we like stories about foxes trying to eat animals and getting deterred (we love the big bad wolf!), this was especially cute because it has a simple recipe included on it and my daughter enjoyed eating it.
HASH(0xa42d4210) out of 5 stars Wonderful Book July 31 2013
By Allison Dollar - Published on
I loved this book. It's a standard mother-saves-kids story, but the mother is so calm and funny that it doesn't come off as run of the mill. Add to that pictures that are full of lively baby toads that will make the kids laugh and you've got a book that every kid should read.
HASH(0xa42d45a0) out of 5 stars A Good Canadian Read "Toads on Toast" Nov. 3 2013
By Naomi Zehr - Published on
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I enjoyed this book as much as my little nephew (for whom I purchased it). It is wonderfully imaginative and the recipe at the end is a cute twist to a practical meal. The illustrations are very clear and adorable. I purchased the hard back copy.
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