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Toad Heaven (The Toad Series) [Audio]
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Another hilarious and heart-warming story from Australia's funniest children's author.

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Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was 16. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he's an award-winning, internationally bestselling children's author. He was named Favourite Australian Author 1999 in the Dymocks Booksellers Children's Choice Awards and won Best Book for Older Readers 2000 in the YABBA Awards for Toad Rage. Morris has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was 16. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he's an award-winning, internationally bestselling children's author. He was named Favourite Australian Author 1999 in the Dymocks Booksellers Children's Choice Awards and won Best Book for Older Readers 2000 in the YABBA Awards for Toad Rage. Morris has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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Gr 3-6-In this sequel to Toad Rage (Random, 2004), a young Australian cane toad longs to find a place where his family can live safely from the humans who seem to delight in squashing them. After an encounter with a conservationist, Limpy mistakenly believes that he has been injected with a virus that will wipe out his species. Hearing stories of a fabled "national park" where living things are protected, he sets out, hoping to find this refuge for his family before he dies. This is not a philosophical animal quest in the mold of Richard Adams's Watership Down (Scribner, 1974), but a rather darkly comic fantasy. Limpy and his two traveling companions-his slow, pugnacious cousin and his timid little sister-are a scruffy but oddly endearing crew. He is the brains of the outfit-a somewhat reluctant leader who manages to guide the others through encounters with militant fire ants, crocodiles, and a boatload of tourists. The often-raucous dialogue includes lots of body humor and gross-out descriptions of toad diet and personal habits. Even death is a frequent source of amusement, from the toads' eerie use of a flattened relative as an insect trap to the companions' unsettling experiences among stuffed souvenir cane toads in a gift shop. Readers will appreciate the combination of rowdy humor and adventure as well as the emphasis on individual courage and achievement.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Limpy, from Toad Rage, which PW called "a hilarious dark comedy," takes another star turn. Here he seeks a paradise for cane toads, free from human threats. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"This hero's quest features a most unusual hero - the cane toad, considered by some to be the national pest of Australia. Limpy, the lame hero, dreams of leading his species to a safe haven - a national park free of persecuting humans with their off-road vehicles. Accompanied by his little sister, Charm, and his best friend, Goliath, he overcomes danger by using his head in surprising and resourceful ways. Clever word play will tickle children and adults. Not all authors make the best readers of their own work, but Gleitzman is just right. It's all satisfying fun with some valuable lessons about loyalty, persistence, and the value of brains over brawn." -- AudioFile Magazine

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