HOPTOAD is one of the shortest picture books (if not the shortest) I have ever written.But the pictures by Karen Schmidt give it a longer story. The piece began as a silly rhyme which I thought might be a board book, but my editor had broader (wider?) thoughts and so it became a picture book.


  • Junior Literary Guild selection 2003

What reviewers have said:

  • *STARRED REVIEW* “Psychedelic desert skies add a surreal touch to this suspenseful, appealingly understated story of tragedy narrowly averted.”—Booklist
  • *STARRED REVIEW* “The youngest listeners will need the pun at the heart of the story explained to them, but everyone will root for this warty, new hero.”—Kirkus
  • “Fun for new readers, the book also serves as a quick read-aloud for preschoolers, who will thrive on the suspense.” —School Library Journal

Available in the hardcover.

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