Toad Food and Measle Soup

Toad Food and Measle Soup

by Christine McDonnell, Diane deGroat
     
 

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Toad food and measle soup? Yuck! Luckily, Leo's mom's vegetarian cooking is just an experiment. But that's the least of Leo's problems. He also forgot about his book report, and he may have to return his brand new pet. What's a kid to do? Newly reillustrated by G. Brian Karas, these five episodes of Leo's all-too-normal life will have readers howling with

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Toad food and measle soup? Yuck! Luckily, Leo's mom's vegetarian cooking is just an experiment. But that's the least of Leo's problems. He also forgot about his book report, and he may have to return his brand new pet. What's a kid to do? Newly reillustrated by G. Brian Karas, these five episodes of Leo's all-too-normal life will have readers howling with laughter.

"Funny, plainly told, and lovingly wrapped in a warm family atmosphere." (Booklist)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Readers who stick with this book past the first—and weakest—story will be well rewarded. Leo Nolan and his family are a friendly, cheerful bunch who approach everyday life with reasonable expectations, interest in each other and a refreshingly polite sense of humor. Leo's school predicaments, deliberations over how to spend his allowance and adjustments to the challenges of growing up generally are realistically and sensitively depicted. Here is a nice boy with loving parents, living life in a familiar, yet interesting, way. McDonnell is at her best describing Leo's quests for just the right pet and his learning process in finding one, in "The Lizard Letdown" and "The Lost Dog." His tendency to daydream in school and the trouble this gets him into provide an opportunity for an encouraging father/son chat about the good points of imagination and how to control it. Many parents might take a cue from the low-key, positive approach adopted by Mr. Nolan. An upbeat outlook and reasonable problem solving might well be the hallmark of this agreeably ordinary family. Parents and teachers will welcome this new edition of an appealing set of child-friendly stories for early and middle-grade readers. 2001 (orig. 1982), Viking, $15.99. Ages 7 to 11. Reviewer: Anne Field

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140317244
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
04/03/1984
Series:
Storybooks Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.78(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Christine McDonnell, a children's librarian and the author of many books for children, lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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