Review: The Toad by Elise Gravel – ISBN 9781770496675

Review: The Toad by Elise Gravel – ISBN 9781770496675

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This book review first appeared in the September 2016 issue of Life in Québec Magazine and on Quebec news and information portal LifeinQuebec.com.

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The Toad
By Elise Gravel
ISBN: 9781770496675
Price: $12.99
Publisher: Tundra Books

Review by Lorie Pierce 

The Toad, the latest book in the Disgusting Critters series by award-winning Montréal author-illustrator Elise Gravel, is a picture book about how to appreciate an animal whose appearance and habits may be less than attractive.

A friendly toad assists with the narration as the reader learns weird and wonderful facts about its life and habits. For example, did you know that both toads and frogs are descended from a common frog ancestor that lived millions of years ago in South America?

What younger readers are bound to find most interesting are the creepier details, such as the fact that toads shed their skin and then eat it. Eww! There are no dry facts here, however. Side comments and humorous drawings stir up a range of emotions from sadness to jubilation and disgust to contentment.

Each page is uniquely illustrated with large, engaging cartoon images drawn by the author. The tadpoles in particular are very cute for critters with no arms and legs. The Toad is sure to become a favourite alongside other Disgusting Critters books such as The Rat, The Worm, The Fly, The Slug and The Head Lice (double eww!).

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This book is available at Livres Trois Canons – the English Bookstore in Quebec City at Place Naviles.

LIVRES TROIS CANONS
PLACE NAVILES
3400-SS2, CHEMIN DES QUATRE-BOURGEOIS
QUÉBEC (QUÉBEC)  G1W 2L3
Tel: (418) 204-4325

info @ livrestroiscanons .com
Quebec City English bookstore

Librairie anglaise à Québec 

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