Morris Gleitzman is my new favorite author. After Then, a title from a Holocaust series that is simply one of the best books in the genre I’ve ever read, I expected Toad Rage to be good. I didn’t expect it to be terrific, and it absolutely is. Designed as a book for children, it starts by focusing on the age-old question: Why do humans hate cane toads? Never having heard of cane toads, I had no clue and was as interestd in finding out the answer as is Limpy,the protagonist in the story. You see, too many of his “rellies,” that’s Austrailan for “relatives” are getting flattened on the bitumin (Austrailan: road) when they venture out for the flying insects they can only get on the highway. Limpy, who got his name from his own encounter with a semi, sets out to save the toads by making humans like them. Now, if you are thinking “Ah, Disney movie” you would be mistaken. You see, humans really DO hate the cane toads! Limpy embarks on quite an adventure and the result is funny and gross in an invasive-species kind of way. There are a lot more books in this series, and I hope we can bring them to EHCCS. Toad Rage is available through the Atlantic County Library.
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