A Hippy-Hoppy Toad (Hardcover)

By Peggy Archer, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, 9780399556760, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2018

Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List

“Clever rhyming text bounces on the page with glorious illustrations. A perfect book for story times and lap times!”
— Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
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From the illustrator of the award-winning Sophie's Squash comes a rollicking read-aloud featuring a very tiny toad who gets displaced as animals--and humans--brush past him on the road.

In the middle of a puddle
in the middle of a road
on a teeter-totter twig
sat a teeny-tiny toad.
Snap went the twig
Up went the toad
And he landed on a tree
by the side of the road.

It's hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him. . . . Then a bee buzzes. . . . Then a dog barks . . . and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker ), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm, this is the perfect story for sharing one-on-one or in a group.

About the Author

Peggy Archer is the author of Name that Dog: Puppy Poems from A to Z and From Dawn to Dreams: Poems for Busy Babies, among other books. A Hippy-Hoppy Toad won the 2015 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Award. You can follow Peggy Archer on Twitter at @PeggyAArcher and visit her at peggyarcher.com. Anne Wilsdorf's illustrations for Sophie's Squash were described as "bursting with color and energy on every page" in a starred review from Booklist. She has illustrated numerous books for children, including Sophie's Squash Go to School, the sequel to Pat Zietlow Miller's Sophie's Squash, as well as Susan McElroy Montanari's My Dog's a Chicken, Elizabeth Bluemle's Dogs on the Bed, Eileen Spinelli's The Best Story, Sharon Arms Doucet's Alligator Sue, and Lenore Look's Ruby Lu series.