Toad Surprise

Publisher: Puffin

Review

Limpy, the slightly squashed Australian cane toad, is determined to heal the rift between toads and humans and is convinced that the warring species can become friends despite graphic indications to the contrary.

One night, out on the highway, he witnesses a human swerving to avoid killing his compatriots and, mistaking the driver for Santa, decides to begin his peace mission by becoming one of Santa's little helpers.

Delivered with a good dose of Morris Gleitzman's wry humour, Limpy's futile quest involves multiple disasters and near-death experiences and is characterised by a wonderfully toad's eye view of the world, Christmas and humankind.

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