Wheelers Books

Toad Heaven

Toad Heaven

Limpy sets off in search of a nature reserve for him and his friends and family to stay. Accompanied by Goliath he embarks on an epic adventure, but nothing goes quite according to plan.

Sorry, this title is not currently available from any of our suppliers.

Quick Reference

ISBN 9780141314822
Barcode 9780141314822
Published 1 August 2002 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New title
Alternate Format(s) View All (10 other possible title(s) available)
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Availability Not currently available

... view full title details below.

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780141314822
ISBN-10 0141314826
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 1 August 2002
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New title
Edition New title
Author(s) By Gleitzman, Morris
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Adventure Stories
Animal Stories
Number of Pages 192
Dimensions Width: 127mm
Height: 201mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 144g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Toads, Juvenile fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823
Catalogue Code 211435

Description of this Book

The sequel to Toad Rage, the story of Limpy - a heroic and slightly squashed cane toad. This time Limpy has more extraordinary adventures as he sets off in search of a nature reserve he has heard about, where he and his friends and family will be safe. Accompanied by Goliath he sets off on his epic adventure but nothing goes quite according to plan.

^ top

Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Children's Choice Book Awards: Fiction for Older Readers 2002
UK Review In these continuing adventures of Limpy the cane toad, who first shot to fame in Toad Rage, the story opens with Uncle Nick being squashed flat by a truck and baked hard in the Australian sun. The resourceful Limpy covers him with sap from the sticky sap tree, so that big cousin Goliath can use him as an insect-trapping frisbee. Then the toads no longer need to venture onto the dangerous highway to catch the supper lurking under the streetlights. Basking in praise for the success of this plan ('your invention is going to make flat cane toads a things of the past') and being hailed - by Mum and Dad at least - as a future leader, Limpy dreams up an even more daring plot. In a bid to escape from the four-wheel drives threatening their placid swamp existence, he proposes to move the whole toad troop to a national park - places where 'no living thing is ever shot, trapped, poisoned, stabbed, run over, blown up with bike pumps or bashed over the head with cricket bats. Or folding chairs'. But first he has to convince Ancient Eric, and deal with power-crazed Malcolm - and the 'conservationist' who - according to his dog - wants to infect them all with a virus. The sort of book which will keep most children glued to the pages for a good couple of hours: well-written, inventive and hysterically funny (for adults too). Ages 8-11 (Kirkus UK)
US Review Gleitzman brings back the pustulant pipsqueak hero of Toad Rage (p. 329) for further ground-level riffs on man's inhumanity to animal-with an Aussie beat. Wrongly believing that he's been infected with a contagious disease as part of a cane-toad extermination program, gimpy Limpy reluctantly hops off alone in search of a fabled National Park where his surviving rellies might find refuge from all of the maniacal motorists intent on turning his kind into flattened roadkill. Meanwhile, buying the smooth promises of hunky grifter Malcolm, said relatives hie off in the opposite direction into what promises to become a death march. Many references to slugs, slime, bugs and poo later-along with narrow squeaks, plus trenchant encounters with slaughterhouse-bound sheep and lacquered-toad gift-shop novelties-Limpy returns to effect a rescue, and, with the help of loyal gourmand sidekick Goliath and doughty little sister Charm, leads his people back to their cozy swamp. Some of the humor may be lost on readers unfamiliar with the warty main cast, but the cliffhanger-laden plot and high yuck! factor will carry them through this sequel. (glossary of slang) (Fiction. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews)

^ top

Author's Bio

Morris Gleitzman was born in Lincolnshire and moved to Australia in his teens. He worked as a paperboy, a shelf-stacker, a frozen chicken thawer, an assistant to a fashion designer and more before taking a degree in Professional Writing at Canberra College and becoming a writer. He has written for TV, stage, newspapers and magazines but is best known for his hugely successful children's books including Two Weeks With the Queen, Bumface and Once.

^ top