Toads on Toast Hardcover – Sep 1 2012
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 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.