Toads on Toast (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781554536627, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Linda Bailey's story will thoroughly entertain pre-readers, as it hits the right notes of droll humor spiced with just enough suspense. The lively artwork by Colin Jack keeps the energy level high, and the scenes of the toadlets wreaking havoc on fox's kitchen while he is distracted --- rolling in honey, pelting canned peas at each other, parachuting off the cabinet using bread slices --- provide a funny visual subplot to the story that will keep youngsters involved. This book would provide a wonderful starting point for conversations about how sometimes the person who seems the strongest isn't the winner in the end, which could tie into a character education lesson on perseverance. It might also launch a discussion about trying new foods, after which the included recipe could be prepared as a classroom activity.
About the Author
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.
Praise For Toads on Toast…
With cheeky illustrations, a smart, humour-filled story and a recipe you can make at home, you can expect to read this book again and again.—Canadian Family
Bailey's dialogue is snappy and amusing, and the illustrations recall the scrappy TV-animation style of Chuck Jones.—The New York Times
... 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
... almost 100 percent of your students will want to hear the book again.—Kirkus Reviews