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Children's Nonfiction Reptiles & Amphibians

The Toad

The Disgusting Critters Series

by (author) Elise Gravel

Publisher
Tundra
Initial publish date
Jul 2016
Category
Reptiles & Amphibians, General, Science & Nature
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781770496675
    Publish Date
    Jul 2016
    List Price
    $12.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780735267176
    Publish Date
    Jul 2020
    List Price
    $8.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4

Description

She's good for the environment... and she's disgusting!

Distinctive trait: Warts
Food preference: Bugs and worms
Special talent: Eating her own skin

Disgusting? Yes, but fun, too!

The Toad is the next installment of the Disgusting Critter series. Hilarious illustrated non-fiction about toads perfect for beginning readers. Although silly and off-the-wall, The Toad contains factual information that will both amuse and teach at the same time.

About the author

 

ELISE GRAVEL a écrit et illustré une vingtaine d'albums jeunesse. La jeune auteure use d'un humour mordant pour exprimer ses vues et éveiller le sens critique de ses jeunes lecteurs. Elise a remporté le prix du Gouverneur général en 2012 dans la catégorie illustrations pour son livre La clé à molette.

 

 

 

ELISE GRAVEL has won a Governor General's Award for illustration, two Applied Arts Awards and a Grafika award. She also was short-listed for Mr. Christie's Book Award. She has written and illustrated several books for children in both French and English. Elise lives in Montreal, Quebec.

 

 

 

Elise Gravel's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Information Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Having surveyed worms, spiders, flies, and head lice, Gravel continues her Disgusting Critters series with a quick hop through toad fact and fancy .... A light dose of natural history, with occasional "EWWW!" for flavor.” - Kirkus Reviews
“Gravel uses her obvious passion for seemingly unlovable creatures to excite the curiosity of young readers .... What sets this book apart from other early readers is the engaging humor. Gravel’s cartoonish illustrations will keep children involved with the material and the important environmental message.” - School Library Journal
“One of the highlights of the book is the toad eating her skin with a bottle of ketchup and a giant “Ewww!” speech bubble. I have a five-year-old in my house who, after reading this book, went around quoting this page for the rest of the day.” - CM Magazine
“Using a cartoon framework, Gravel rattles off fast facts accompanied by wisecracking amphibians, giving spreads the feel of a gag strip .... Young readers will squeal and squirm .... Kids will readily respond to Gravel’s hilarious illustrations, simple sentences, and dynamic fonts, as well as her call to help toads by keeping the planet clean.” - Booklist

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