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Publishers Weekly Review
The amphibious cast of Toad Rage ("saucy fun from start to finish," according to PW) returns for a third installment, Toad Away by Morris Gleitzman. Testing his Aunty Pru's theory that "friendship is possible between all species," Limpy heads to the Amazon to discover how cane toads might live peacefully with humans. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
School Library Journal Review
Gr 3-6âÇôLimpy, the pacifist cane toad, continues his noble quest to make friends with humans in this third entry in the zany Australian series. He is convinced that making peace is the way to stop humankind from flattening his relatives on the highway. His cousin Goliath, a perfect caricature of a gruff, dimwitted platoon sergeant, prefers to wage war. Hearing that their Amazonian relatives have discovered the secret to a peaceful coexistence between human and toad, Limpy, his sister, and Goliath hitch a ride on some migratory birds and rush to uncover the mystery. Finding the Amazon to be a murderous war zone with hostility among all of its animal inhabitants, the toads think their mission is hopelessâÇôuntil they find that all humans are not bent on destroying them, and one in particularâÇôan ancient wise manâÇôreveals the sought-after secret. Ecological and peace-loving messages are nicely woven into the text, and all the toads have appealingly distinct personalities. A loving sibling relationship adds a gentle touch. The plot moves quickly, and there is enough kooky humor to hold children's interest. Although the book stands on its own, readers may seek out the earlier adventures. Animal fantasy fans will be delighted with this unusual perspective on the world and will be gobsmacked when they learn the secret to peaceful coexistence. A helpful glossary of tricky Australian lingo is included.âÇôQuinby Frank, formerly at Green Hedges School, Vienna, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.
Gr. 4-6. In his third adventure, Limpy, an Australian cane toad, heads to the Amazon with Cousin Goliath and Sister Charm to learn how their relatives coexist successfully with humans. The humor is occasionally gross (and sometimes not for the squeamish), but the pace is fast, the prose lively, and Gleitzman presents intriguing facts about toads as he acquaints kids with some important environmental issues. Give this to children who like the nonfiction Grossology series as well as readers already acquainted with the intrepid toad. A glossary of Australian slang terms is appended. --Shelle Rosenfeld Copyright 2006 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
In his third outing (Toad Rage, 2004; Toad Heaven, 2005), Limpy the cane-toad peacenik travels all the way to the Amazon in search of an end to the bitter "war" humans seem determined to fight against all his ugly kind. Deciding that the secret to peace, if there is one, must be with his remotest ancestors, Limpy (along with his militant, dimwitted cousin Goliath and brilliant little sister Charm) leaves behind his carefully-tended stacks of dried out, road-killed "rellies" for distant South America. But rather than landing in the expected haven, he finds the jungle teeming with "thousands of creatures trying to hurt and maim and kill each other and eat one another's brains." As it happens, there actually is a solution to war there, too. Suffice it to say that Goliath's seemingly suicidal urge to attack humanity by scratching the finish on its cars and peeing in its drinks actually turns out to have some merit. There's a pacifist message somewhere beneath all the casual killing, poo jokes and warty angst in this slash-and-burn satire; maybe some readers will be able to see it. The appended glossary of Aussie slang is anything but superfluous. (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.