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Toad Rage

Toad Rage

A cane toad called Limpy wants to become a mascot for the Sydney 2000 Olympics to save the reputation and life of cane toads everywhere! But what does a cane toad with so much determination do when he's laughed at by all the other mascots?

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ISBN 9780141306551
Barcode 9780141306551
Published 2 December 1999 by Penguin
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Down to Earth
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Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780141306551
ISBN-10 0141306556
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 2 December 1999
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Series Down to Earth
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 204mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 122g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Human-animal relationships, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823
Catalogue Code 15836

Description of this Book

Limpy can't understand why humans hate all cane toads so much that they even squash them with their cars. He is determined to save his own family from ending up as flat as place mats. He sets off on a 'mucas-chillingly dangerous and wart-tinglingly daring journey' and risks everything to make humans see that cane toads are really very nice. The story is very funny, the epic of a slightly-squashed young cane toad's challenging quest.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of YABBA Award for Fiction - Older Readers 2000 -- Winner of Dymocks Children's Choice Awards: Favourite Older Reader 2000 -- Short-listed for Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 1999
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
US Review Ugliness may be only skin deep, but that turns out to be deep enough in this droll odyssey from Down Under. Puzzled as to why humans seem willing to go out of their way to turn any of his species that they catch into roadkill, Limpy, a cane toad, leaves off his morbid hobby of collecting flattened relatives to discover why-and put a stop to it. After several harebrained schemes, including a campaign to have cane toads declared Official Olympic Mascots, come to naught in hilariously chaotic fashion, he organizes a Nonhuman Games for crocodiles, fleas, kangaroos, and other failed mascot contenders-only to be declared too hideously warty to participate. In the end, Limpy does nothing for his species' image, but returns to his roadside swamp a hero nonetheless, having learned a quick method of escaping oncoming motorists from a human pole vaulter. Along with a plot filled with hair's-breadth escapes and silly turns, this toad's-eye view of human society provides both solid entertainment and a barbed commentary on the importance of looks. Worth a squiz. (Aussie glossary) (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken thawer, an assistant to a fashion designer and more before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best known for his hugely successful children's books including Two Weeks With the Queen, Bumface and Once.

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