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Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken thawer, an assistant to a fashion designer and more before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best known for his hugely successful children's books including Two Weeks With the Queen, Bumface and Once.


Gr 3-6-Morris Gleitzman's comical story (Puffin, pap. 2008) about an Australian cane toad and his adventures among humans combines animal fantasy similar to E. B. White and satire akin to Dr. Seuss. Limpy, introduced in Gleitzman's previous Toad stories, is on another mission to spread peace and good will between the human race and cane toads. His journey begins when he hitches a ride with a bearded fireman he mistakes for Santa Claus. Along the way, he overcomes many obstacles while learning more about humans and the celebration of Christmas. Limpy's altruism is rewarded with new friendships he forms with insects, cats, dogs, and even people. Some Briticisms might need explanations. The tale is impeccably narrated by the author who gives each character an appropriate voice: compassionate Limpy, egotistical cousin Goliath, and protective sister Charm. A fun listen.-Cynthia Grabke, Halifax Elementary School, MA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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