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by Ruth Brown

Published by Dutton, 1997
28 pages
ISBN: 0-525-45757-7

Ages 3 - 6

Toad settles into the muck of a primeval swamp, wallowing in the gooey glory of his ghastly toadiness: "He's nasty, septic, toxic, and bitter, and he leaves a slimy trail..." These are features that will serve him well, however, when he's snapped up by a "monster" (a dinosaur), who promptly spits him out because he tastes so awful. It's survival of the fittest in Ruth Brown's rollicking, rhyming tale, cleverly set in prehistoric times. The realistic paintings heighten the drama by subtly showing the predator, lurking in the background, waiting for the right moment to strike, as the toad trundles along "...clumsy and careless, sluggish and slow..." CCBC categories: Picture Books (KTH; Feb 16)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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