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Toad Surprise [Audio]
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Another hilarious and heart-warming story from Australia's funniest children's author.

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Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was 16. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he's an award-winning, internationally bestselling children's author. He was named Favourite Australian Author 1999 in the Dymocks Booksellers Children's Choice Awards and won Best Book for Older Readers 2000 in the YABBA Awards for Toad Rage. Morris has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Morris Gleitzman grew up in England and came to Australia when he was 16. He was a frozen-chicken thawer, sugar-mill rolling-stock unhooker, fashion-industry trainee, student, department-store Santa, TV producer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Then he had a wonderful experience. He wrote a novel for young people. Now he's an award-winning, internationally bestselling children's author. He was named Favourite Australian Author 1999 in the Dymocks Booksellers Children's Choice Awards and won Best Book for Older Readers 2000 in the YABBA Awards for Toad Rage. Morris has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

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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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