Toad Has Talent (Hardcover)

By Richard Smythe

Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 9781786030115, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2017

List Price: 17.99*
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Every year when Moonlight Pond freezes over, a talent contest takes place deep in the woods. Ducks dance, mice perform… But there is one animal that never competes. Toad watches the talent show from behind his rock, careful to keep himself hidden. Because Toad doesn't have a special talent--or so he thinks! When Toad is finally discovered, he slips on the icy pond and realises he does have an incredible! This hilarious, heart-warming, story shows the reader that you never know what you can do unless you try.

About the Author

Richard Smythe graduated from an Illustration master's degree in 2010. Since then, he has worked with Simon & Schuster, Walker Books, Faber & Faber, Little Tiger Press and Frances Lincoln. He loves illustrating animals, inventing characters and telling stories.

Praise For Toad Has Talent

"A great choice for a read-aloud, mentor text on action verbs, or guidance lesson on self-esteem and trying new things. Highly recommended."
- School Library Journal

"Smythe's digitized watercolor illustrations are the indisputable stars here, as the talented sylvan insomniacs erupt from lively, purple-hued pages. Despite his accidental success (he really has no talent), the rallying cry of "You never know what you can do until you try!" is a message timid souls everywhere can embrace."
- Kirkus Reviews