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

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ISBN: 039955677X     ISBN-13: 9780399556777
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
OUR PRICE: $18.99  

Binding Type: Library
Published: March 2018

Annotation: A tiny toad suddenly finds himself in a tree then, as other creatures startle him with a peck, a buzz, or a bump, he hops to new locations along the road.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Toads; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Frogs & Toads
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017007606
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 10.50" W x 0.25" (0.74 lbs) 40 pages
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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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