Perfect for fans of Andrew Clements and The Borrowers, By the Grace of Todd is the laugh-out-loud answer to what happens if you leave dirty laundry on the floor . . . and don’t follow your mother’s instructions to clean your room.
Twelve-year-old Todd has created life through sheer grossness.
How did he become an accidental god?
Ingredient A: A worn athletic sock
Ingredient B: Dirt from the Great and Powerful Todd himself
Instructions: Leave under bed for months. Do not clean room.
Yields: 50 ant-sized Toddlians
BUT WATCH OUT! When school bully Max Loving puts the future of the tiny Toddlians in jeopardy, Todd will have to do everything in his power to save the race his very negligence created.
About the Author
Louise Galveston is a writer, playwright, and director of children’s theater. She lives with her husband in the Midwest and, like Todd, she presides over a small civilization of her own: a parrot, cockatiel, horse, African dwarf frog, and eleven tiny people who happen to be her children!
Come visit Louse (and the Toddlians!) at www.bythegraceoftodd.com or on Twitter @LouiseGalveston.
What People are Saying About This
“This story is all about the ride, in all of its gross and grimy glory. Galveston . . . delights in the icky habits of the Toddlians (“dead skin cell and toe jam sandwiches” are a delicacy), yet her portrayal of the brutalities of middle school feels as real as the things Todd learns about friends, popularity, and being true to oneself.”
“Fans of both the smart and the gross . . . will take to this one.”
–Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Hilarious premise and . . . excellent cast of supporting characters.”
“A dirty sock has never been such fun! A zany and hilarious adventure of bravery and friendship.” —Donna Gephart, author of How to Survive Middle School
“All hail Todd! Who can resist a story of a kid so slovenly that intelligent life forms on his filthy sock?” —Mark Peter Hughes, author of Lemonade Mouth
“By the Grace of Todd is deliciously gross. It made the ten year old locked up inside of my head howl with laughter. Wonderfully disgusting, yet thought provoking.” —Thomas E. Sniegoski - New York Times bestselling author of THE FALLEN series, and the BONE: QUEST FOR THE SPARK Trilogy
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Delightfully disgusting! It was a bit like The Borrowers, but with the gross-out humor kids (particularly boys) love. Such a fun book!
Loved it! Reminds me of the Junior high school days when I was growing up. Great story. Loved the various characters and their personalities. Easy to read, and you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it. Buy it....you'll love it!
I received an advanced reading copy of "By the Grace of Todd" from a friend. Although I feel like I read for a living (I'm a children's librarian), it took a few weeks to start reading this book due to another pile sitting on my bedside table. I wanted to give this book the time I felt it deserved for me to savor it. I savored up to the booger rating scene, then realized this was a book to be devoured with gusto, like Dr. Pepper & Doritos! Todd is an unassuming young man, best friends with Duddy, fan of Dragon Sensei with a demonic (in his eyes) baby sister, Daisy, and a geeky neighbor, Lucy, who lives across the street. There doesn't seem to be anything special about Todd until, with a spark, a colony of ant size humanoids, the Toddlians, spawns from his gross, disgusting, filthy dirty baseball sock and he becomes a god! Todd doesn't see himself as a supreme being since he spends a lot of his time dodging bullies at school. Then the unexpected happens...one of the bullies chooses him as a partner for the science fair. What does that mean? Is he finally on his way to being cool? Unfortunately, the bully, Max Loving, discovers the Toddlians and decides that the science fair is in the bag. Will the Toddlians survive? Todd struggles with a variety of issues. Is he responsible for the Toddlians? What makes someone a real friend? How clean should your room really be? It's hard to get your priorities straight when you are only twelve. This was a great read and I see it appealing to boys and girls, alike. The characters are well drawn and likable. The three main Toddlians are unique and funny. And there may be more to Daisy than meets the eye... The suspense builds nicely and the ending is satisfying but assures us that there is much more to come. Galveston's book is spot on in her portrayal of middle grade kids (and their siblings) and her book is laugh-out-loud funny!
It was cute but could have been so much more. I would have liked to hear more about the little people and less about Todd. It's mostly about a kid who is bullied. Overall, kind of dull.