A HIPPY-HOPPY TOAD
by Peggy Archer
illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
Schwartz & Wade (Random House)
A HIPPY-HOPPY TOAD
"...a rollicking read-aloud featuring a very tiny toad who gets displaced as animals–and humans–brush past him on the road."
In the middle of a puddle
in the middle of a road
on a teeter-totter twig
sat a teeny-tiny toad.
Snap! went the twig!
Up went the toad!
And he landed on a tree
by the side of the road.
It’s hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him. . . . Then a bee buzzes. . . . Then a dog barks . . . and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker!), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm, this is the perfect story for sharing one-on-one or in a group.
quote from Kirkus Review:
The cadence of the language calls to mind the nursery classic “Over in the Meadow,” but the predictable, circular plot is different enough to warrant multiple rereadings. Archer’s wordplay shines in her use of rhyming adjectives, such as “teeter-totter,” “raggy-shaggy,” and “hush-rush.”
"A catchy, “hippy-hoppy” storytime read-aloud with “easy, breezy” language." (Picture book. 3-7)"
quote from School Library Journal:
"...No sooner are readers introduced to the smiling yellow toad than he's catapulted into an adventure: "SNAP! went the twig./UP! went the toad." It's the first of many abrupt transitions in the toad's cumulative, circuitous odyssey down a road and back again. Every shift in the action is marked with onomatopoeia—the toad hops, thumps, swooshes, and lots more besides—adding punch to the rhyming repetition of the text. Lively, textured illustrations, done in bold naturalistic colors, also enhance the action..."
quote from The Horn Book Magazine:
"...The chantable rhythm of the text and the occasional burst of onomatopoeia pair well with the art, and the side-of-the-road landscape and its small creatures provide big comedy, excitement, and personality."
The Wall Street Journal
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The Children's Book Review:
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A Hippy-Hoppy Toad won the 2015 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Award for picture book text.