The slimey, sticky toad gets swallowed for dinner by a monster and then, surprisingly, is spat back out, in an amusing tale with rhyming text and detailed, watercolor illustrations.
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Ruth Brown is the author and illustrator of A Dark, Dark Tale (Dutton and Puffin) and other children's books. She lives in England.From Kirkus Reviews:
Gloopy, gloppy, bumpy, and lumpy: Toads provide slews of onomatopoeic opportunities for writers, and plenty of potential for artists interested in drawing warts, slime, and muck. Brown (One Stormy Night, 1993, etc.) is perfect for the task. Her text exaggerates the poor toad's noxious qualities (``odorous, oozing, foul and filthy''), denigrates his cuisine of bugs, worms, and flies, and mocks his clumsy hop. When a monster appears on the scene and attempts to gobble up the toad, readers realize just what the bumps and venom are for. ``Yuuuuuck!'' screams the monster, coughing ``the happy toad, the safe toad'' back into the swamp. Brown's paintings drip with the brown and olive colors of decaying vegetation and fetid swamp stuff. She incorporates that medium's tendency to drip and glop right into her work: Splats of paint cross the toad's bumpy back, while green webbed footprints splash across the title pages. Observant readers will spot the approaching monster long before toad does, heightening the anticipation of the inevitable--though failed--tryst. The endpapers match the amphibious decor, displaying a brocade of frog eggs. Exquisitely slimy. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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