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A Hippy-Hoppy Toad
Contributor(s): Archer, Peggy (Author), Wilsdorf, Anne (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0399556761     ISBN-13: 9780399556760
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 2018

Annotation: From the illustrator of the award-winning Sophie's Squash comes a rollicking read-aloud featuring a very tiny toad who gets displaced as animals--and humans--brush past him on the road.

In the middle of a puddle
in the middle of a road
on a teeter-totter twig
sat a teeny-tiny toad.
Snap! went the twig!
Up went the toad!
And he landed on a tree
by the side of the road.

It's hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him. . . . Then a bee buzzes. . . . Then a dog barks . . . and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker!), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm, this is the perfect story for sharing one-on-one or in a group.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals - Frogs & Toads
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2017007606
Lexile Measure: 470
Physical Information: 0.4" H x 10.6" W x 8.55" (0.80 lbs) 40 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 195140
Reading Level: 2.8   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Peggy Archer is the author of Name that Dog: Puppy Poems from A to Z and From Dawn to Dreams: Poems for Busy Babies, among other books. A Hippy-Hoppy Toad won the 2015 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Award. You can follow Peggy Archer on Twitter at @PeggyAArcher and visit her at peggyarcher.com.

Anne Wilsdorf's illustrations for Sophie's Squash were described as "bursting with color and energy on every page" in a starred review from Booklist. She has illustrated numerous books for children, including Sophie's Squash Go to School, the sequel to Pat Zietlow Miller's Sophie's Squash, as well as Susan McElroy Montanari's My Dog's a Chicken, Elizabeth Bluemle's Dogs on the Bed, Eileen Spinelli's The Best Story, Sharon Arms Doucet's Alligator Sue, and Lenore Look's Ruby Lu series.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
A toad inadvertently sets off on an adventure--and encounters trouble with a bee, cricket, dog, and gust of wind--before finally latching on to a pair of sneakers that return him to his original spot, bringing the story full circle. Chantable rhymed text pairs well with brightly colored art, and the side-of-the-road landscape and its small creatures provide big comedy, excitement, and personality. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
Rhyming verse introduces this picture book's hero: "In the middle of a puddle / in the middle of a road / on a teeter-totter twig / sat a teeny-tiny toad." This opening scene, in pale, earthy hues, provides scale—the toad is smaller than the snail, a bit bigger than the ants, and overshadowed by the patch of clover. It can be difficult being small (as children know), and this idyllic picture is soon disturbed: "Snap! went the twig. / Up! went the toad. / And he landed on a tree / by the side of the road." Things escalate from here: he's chased by a bee; an altercation with a cricket leads to trouble with a dog, a lizard, and a big gust of wind. With his mouth often set in a hard line of worry, the resilient little amphibian takes all challenges in stride until the final stop on this adventure brings him into contact ("Bump!") with a pair of huge, brightly patterned sneakers in motion. He grips on tightly and a double-page spread maps the path the sneakers are running, reversing the toad's direction and eventually returning him to his original twig, bringing the story full circle. The chantable rhythm of the text and the occasional burst of onomatopoeia pair well with the art, and the side-of-the-road landscape and its small creatures provide big comedy, excitement, and personality. julie roach Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

PreS-Gr 2—"In the middle of a puddle/in the middle of the road/on a teeter-totter twig/sat a teeny-tiny toad." No sooner are readers introduced to the smiling yellow toad than he's catapulted into an adventure: "SNAP! went the twig./UP! went the toad." It's the first of many abrupt transitions in the toad's cumulative, circuitous odyssey down a road and back again. Every shift in the action is marked with onomatopoeia—the toad hops, thumps, swooshes, and lots more besides—adding punch to the rhyming repetition of the text. Lively, textured illustrations, done in bold naturalistic colors, also enhance the action, spanning the gutter of every spread and establishing a pleasing sense not only of momentum but also of scale: this "teeny-tiny" toad is indeed dwarfed by nearly every animal and object he encounters. VERDICT A solid storytime pick; be prepared for repeat readings.—Rebecca Honeycutt, NoveList, Durham, NC

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
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