Toads on Toast
Overview - As this delightful picture book opens, Fox is bored of his usual meal of plain old toad, so he turns to a cookbook of toad recipes for inspiration. Having caught a sackful of small, young toads as recommended, Fox is deciding on a recipe when he is startled by the appearance of the mother of these small ?toadlets, ? Read more...
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As this delightful picture book opens, Fox is bored of his usual meal of plain old toad, so he turns to a cookbook of toad recipes for inspiration. Having caught a sackful of small, young toads as recommended, Fox is deciding on a recipe when he is startled by the appearance of the mother of these small ?toadlets, ? who is horrified to discover that Fox is planning to eat her babies. ?Stop ? she commands him, to no avail. Mamma Toad frantically tries everything in her power to save her offspring, even offering herself for Fox to eat. But nothing works. Until she suggests preparing her own delicious ?secret? recipe for Fox instead- --- Toad-in-the-Hole. (The secret? No toads ) 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."
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Bailey (Stanley's Little Sister) ventures into scary, gobbling-up territory in the first few pages of this clever story as a carnivorous fox decides that young toads are tastier than old toads ("Ah, here's a good one," Fox says, thumbing through recipes as the toadlets he's caught wait wide-eyed on the counter). Luckily, Mamma Toad shows up promptly to rescue her children and, in a nice bait and switch, suggests Toad-in-a-Hole ("It has toast," she says. "You like toast, right?"). She plays Fox like a pro, fielding every objection. "What about the toads?" he asks. "Try it without," she says. "It doesn't really need toads." Thanks to Bailey's crackerjack dialogue, all Jack (1 Zany Zoo) has to do is supply appropriate pictures, which he does in loose, humorous cartoons that portray the fox in a dapper vest and natty cap, and Mamma with the red hair and elastic lips of Lucille Ball. A recipe for Toad-in-a-Hole is included. 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. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)