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It’s my habit to browse the new books bin at one of our libraries and bring home as many new books as I can manage each time we make a run to this particular library. Our other libraries don’t get in as many new books at a time–or they don’t group them all together. Whatever the case, I don’t even usually expect many new books at the other libraries, so my trips there are not quite as pleasantly anticipatory. There are things I don’t like about this particular library, despite its apparently larger book budget–namely the huge television screen in the children’s room, which is sometimes blaring some inane cartoon while we
browse sit mesmerized by the glow of the screen. I’m not sure what the idea here was, but I don’t like it one little bit. Too bad they didn’t ask me. 😉 (Ahem. Apparently I just needed to get that off my chest. Now back to your regularly scheduled program. 🙂 )
When I saw Toads on Toast by Linda Bailey, I honestly thought the little toads on top of the slice of bread looked more like space creatures than toads, but I thought we’d give it a shot. It turns out to be a really fun book, and it inspired me to break out of our normal breakfast routine one morning and try something fun and different, so maybe that makes up for the quirky cover art. Toads on Toast is the story of a bored fox who decides he’s tired of his usual meal time routine of catching, skinning, boiling, and eating a big, fat toad. He heads to the cookbook store for inspiration where he discovers that young, small, tender toads are much more delicious. He finally catches the quick, young hoppers and takes them home for supper, only to be surprised when a big mother toad hops through his window. Well, this mother toad is quite the wily amphibian, and she figures out a way to outfox Fox. It’s a “Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby” tale of a sorts, and it has a particularly satisfactory happy ending. Even better is that you can make Mamma Toad’s secret recipe yourself afte reading the tale. Colin Jack‘s digitally rendered illustrations are quirky, but they’re also cartoonish and fun. They remind me a bit of an old Looney Tunes cartoon. This is a fun story. (Kids Can Press, 2012)
Unfortunately, I didn’t let the eggs cook quite long enough, and since my girls have a particular aversion to “runny” eggs, most of the enjoyment from this came from the doing of it.