Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole

Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole

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Overview

Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole by Jane Yolen, Bruce Degen

When Commander Toad and the intrepid crew of the spaceship Star Warts encounter a black hole while leapfrogging across the galaxy, Commander Toad must resort to a secret weapon from his past to save the Star Warts from "toad-al" destruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698307414
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 09/01/1983
Series: Commander Toad Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 20.00(w) x 20.00(h) x 20.00(d)
Lexile: 490L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others.

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Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Another Commander Toad Adventure, Complete with Bad Singing and Great Puns While scientists have an explanation for black holes, we get another one in Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole. It’s a picture book, so it’s probably not scientifically accurate, but it sure is fun. Commander Toad and the crew of the Star Warts are passing through a section of space when they notice a big black hole in the distance. Since they grew up living in holes, they figured that something must live in this black hole. Talks turns to their early life, and Commander Toad proves that toads can’t sing. But then the ship gets stuck on something strange. Something long and pink and sticky. No, it isn’t bubble gum. Can the crew get the ship unstuck before they become lunch? I will grant you that these picture books aren’t strong on plot, but this one seems a bit slow to get going. Yes, ultimately, this sets up how Commander Toad and his crew get their ship back, but I was ready for the black hole to provide a problem before it did. This is the first book in the series to have a moral, and it’s one that applies to all kids – human or toad. Don’t sing with your mouth full! All the books in this series are filled with puns, and this one is no exception. Just look at the version of “Home on the Range” that Commander Toad sings as a great example. I always enjoy this aspect of the books. The illustrations by Bruce Degen add to the charm of the story as well. Look at them carefully as a few of them contains jokes in their own right. They complement the text and are such fun. You’ll find that the book works as an easy reader. In fact, the character names might be the most difficult thing for young readers to decipher. With a little help from adults, they should be able to read this adventure all by themselves. And my issue with the slow part is probably me just looking at this as an adult. Kids will be entertained the entire way through Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole, and adults will enjoy the puns and jokes as well.