Once Upon a Toad (Hardcover)

By Heather Vogel Frederick

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781416984788, 262pp.

Publication Date: April 10, 2012



A girl gets into a mouthful of trouble in this modern fractured fairy tale, from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Once upon a time, Cat Starr lived with her astronaut mom in Houston. But when her mother gets sent on a long-term mission, Cat has to move to a far away land--her dad's house, halfway across the country--and share a room with her real-life evil stepsister, Olivia. Just when Cat can't take it anymore, Great-Aunt Abyssinia comes to the rescue. And things go from bad to worse.

The next morning, Cat opens her mouth and a toad hops out What's more, when Olivia speaks, diamonds and flowers appear. How unfair is that? Before you can say "happily ever after," the girls are on the run from jewel thieves and a government agency. Can Cat save the day--and get rid of all those toads?

This is an enchanting fractured fairy tale from acclaimed Mother-Daughter Book Club author Heather Vogel Frederick.

About the Author

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series as well as the acclaimed Patience Goodspeed and Spy Mice series. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.

Praise For Once Upon a Toad

“In this enjoyable twist on a Charles Perrault fairy tale . . . Frederick keeps readers entertained with an action-packed, zany plot and an even wackier cast.”

--The Horn Book Magazine

"For fans of fantasy and fairy tales, this is a gem."–School Library Journal

"Recommended for fans of pure wackiness."


"Fans of Frederick’s The Mother-Daughter Book Club should thoroughly enjoy this modern version of an old fairy tale."

--Library Media Connection

"A light-hearted read, sure to entertain no matter what your taste—flowery or toad-ally gross."

-Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan