"A funny space adventure that spoofs Star Wars while providing an easy-to-read story." —Booklist
It's been a long trip, and Commander Toad and the crew of the Star Warts are bored. They've played all the games and watched all the movies and read all the books on the ship. Suddenly the alarm goes offpirates are coming aboard, led by Commander Salamander, Scourge of the Skies and Goon of the Galaxies. Is the crew going to have to play his favorite gameHop the Plank?
Fans of DK Readers: LEGO Star Wars, Tom Angleberger's Origami Yoda, and silliness will toad-ally love Commander Toad!
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Can the Crew Defeat the Space Pirates? It could be argued that pirates are a popular subject in the media these days, but I think that’s always been the case. Witness Commander Toad and the Space Pirates from the late 80’s that gave us pirates in space in a children’s picture book. It’s been a long, uneventful space voyage for the crew of the Star Warts. You can tell by how truly bored the crew is. They’ve read all their books, watched all their movies, and played all their games multiple times. They are ready for any excitement they can get. Their wish is fulfilled when the space ship of Commander Salamander comes on their radar. He is Commander Toad’s arch nemesis, and he quickly boards the ship and takes the crew hostage. He wants to introduce them to his favorite game – Hop the Plank. With only Doc Peepers free, can he come up with a way to defeat the pirates and save his crew? Unfortunately, this book isn’t one of the better books in the Commander Toad series. The puns, one of the aspects I love, aren’t quite as plentiful, especially once the story gets started, although I think we get every possible pun on hop. There are still some enjoyable ones, but they are further and farther between. Meanwhile, the story just falls a little flat for me. The twist at the end is a bit rushed and just doesn’t ring true. But I’m probably looking at this as an adult expecting more than a kid would expect. I have a vague recollection of this book as a kid, and I was okay with the story then. I will put out a warning that this book is definitely scarier than many that have come before. The pirates feel like a much more menacing villain than even a sea monster and a planet that seems to swallow the crew, things we have faced in previous books. If your child is easily frightened, this probably isn’t the book in the series to start with. As always for the series, the language is perfect for an easy reader, and the illustrations by Bruce Degen really help bring it to life and include a joke or two of their own. Fans of Commander Toad will probably still enjoy this book, but Commander Toad and the Space Pirates just doesn’t hold up to the better books in the series.
Have you ever heard of a book called Commander Toad and the Space Pirates? The main characters of the story are, Mr. Hop, and Commander Toad. This is about playing games and the Pirates. Commander Toad is green and slimy, Mr. Hop is very nice. Mr. Hop had Commander Toad's ship hooked onto his. To get more information read Commander Toad and the Space Pirates. I don't like Commander Toad and the Space Pirates because it's too easy for me I wonder why Commander Toad and the Space Pirates is mostly about playing games , but the cover doesn't say that . In my opinion I wouldn't read it again because I hate it. My book is not good. I don't recommend my brother to read Commander Toad and the Space Pirates because it's too easy for him and me, because my brother is in middle school. I only recommend it to 2nd graders and 1st graders because they will like the pictures because they are cool, the words are too easy to read.