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Toad Heaven by Morris Gleitzman
Book DescriptionLimpy - the heroic and slightly squashed cane toad, is back! Limpy sets off in search of a nature reserve for him and his friends and family to stay. Accompanied by Goliath he embarks on an epic adventure, but nothing goes quite according to plan.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780141314822
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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UK Kirkus Review » In these continuing adventures of Limpy the cane toad, who first shot to fame in Toad Rage, the story opens with Uncle Nick being squashed flat by a truck and baked hard in the Australian sun. The resourceful Limpy covers him with sap from the sticky sap tree, so that big cousin Goliath can use him as an insect-trapping frisbee. Then the toads no longer need to venture onto the dangerous highway to catch the supper lurking under the streetlights. Basking in praise for the success of this plan ('your invention is going to make flat cane toads a things of the past') and being hailed - by Mum and Dad at least - as a future leader, Limpy dreams up an even more daring plot. In a bid to escape from the four-wheel drives threatening their placid swamp existence, he proposes to move the whole toad troop to a national park - places where 'no living thing is ever shot, trapped, poisoned, stabbed, run over, blown up with bike pumps or bashed over the head with cricket bats. Or folding chairs'. But first he has to convince Ancient Eric, and deal with power-crazed Malcolm - and the 'conservationist' who - according to his dog - wants to infect them all with a virus. The sort of book which will keep most children glued to the pages for a good couple of hours: well-written, inventive and hysterically funny (for adults too). Ages 8-11 (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » Gleitzman brings back the pustulant pipsqueak hero of Toad Rage (p. 329) for further ground-level riffs on man's inhumanity to animal-with an Aussie beat. Wrongly believing that he's been infected with a contagious disease as part of a cane-toad extermination program, gimpy Limpy reluctantly hops off alone in search of a fabled National Park where his surviving "rellies" might find refuge from all of the maniacal motorists intent on turning his kind into flattened roadkill. Meanwhile, buying the smooth promises of hunky grifter Malcolm, said relatives hie off in the opposite direction into what promises to become a death march. Many references to slugs, slime, bugs and poo later-along with narrow squeaks, plus trenchant encounters with slaughterhouse-bound sheep and lacquered-toad gift-shop novelties-Limpy returns to effect a rescue, and, with the help of loyal gourmand sidekick Goliath and doughty little sister Charm, leads his people back to their cozy swamp. Some of the humor may be lost on readers unfamiliar with the warty main cast, but the cliffhanger-laden plot and high "yuck!" factor will carry them through this sequel. (glossary of slang) (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Morris Gleitzman
Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken thawer, an assistant to a fashion designer and more before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best known for his hugely successful children's books including Two Weeks With the Queen, Bumface and Once.
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