Toads on Toast

Toads on Toast

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, ©2012
ISBN: 9781554536627
Branch Call Number: E BAI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jack, Colin


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Feb 01, 2015

Fox is bored and wants to try something different. Every day he catches fat toads by the pond. He goes to a book store and reads that he should be catching small toads that are young and tender. Fox sets out and catches a bag full of young toads even though it is more difficult work. As he is getting ready to cook the young toads, Mama toad comes along and tries to persuade Fox not to eat her children. She shows him how to make a recipe called Toad-in-a-hole which doesn't involve toads at all. The Fox and toads sit down to eat this delicious treat and no toads are harmed in the process.

The illustrations are made digitally. They are bold and heavy on color.

At first I was disturbed by this story as it talks about skinning, boiling and eating toads and the fox is excited about eating the legs of the smallest toads. He has a row of knives he is prepared to use in the cooking of the toads. But the story turns less violent when Mama toad comes on the scene. The violence troubled me especially because this book is advertized for ages 3-7. Perhaps skipping the more graphic words while reading this aloud for the littlest ones would make it work better.

Throughout the story, the young toads create quite a bit of mischief in the background which is fun to watch and gives you the feeling that Fox would never be able to hold on to those toads long enough to eat them.

At the end, the author includes a recipe for Toad-in-a-hole so you can make your own after reading the story. This is the American version of Toad-in-a-hole (egg inside of toast) not the British version that includes sausage.

green_thumb Nov 24, 2014

Really funny. We loved the pictures and seeing what all the little "toadlets" were up to while their Momma was trying to save their skin.

forbesrachel Oct 14, 2012

A silly story that is sure to get some giggles, and some yums from your kids. Ends with the recipe for Toad-in-a-hole toast.

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