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Toad on the Road: A Cautionary Tale

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  74 reviews
With bouncy call-and-response text and vivid illustrations, this lively picture book from author-illustrator Stephen Shaskan is sure to have readers giggling along with Toad's silly antics. A perfect read-aloud!

Who’s that coming down the road?

Oh yikes! Oh yikes!

It’s a bear on a bike.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Did momma set up the toad so she would get more business for her towtruck? Inquiring minds want to know!
Sebastian HM
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Mary Lee
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
So much fun for little ones and language learners! Rhyme, repetition, foreshadowing in the illustrations, big loud onomatopoeia.
Grant Fontenot
Cute, if a little repetitive. I suppose that's the point though. If you're children like playing in the road. Read this to them and hope they make the metaphoric leap from a baby toad to themselves. Alternatively, they might just attempt to save every toad that stumbles into the street, which might be counterproductive.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cute story! Great illustrations and rhyming text will appeal to preschoolers especially!
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable book for preschoolers. Repetitive text lets little ones "read" with you.
Almost as good as Shaskan's A Dog Is a Dog, which makes me happy.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
Haha! The illustrations crack me up, and there's a fun opportunity for sound effects. Really want to try this one out at storytime.
Mama Bibliosoph
This cute and catchy story combines three great elements: vehicles, physical comedy, and a repeating storyline. And wow, is my son Luke ever obsessed with it.

A little toad plays on the road, but Oh no! Oh no!, we can see the silhouette of a vehicle approaching. Who's that coming down the road? The text asks and the child tries to guess the vehicle based on the shape of the silhouette. An additional phonemic clue (i.e. Oh, yikes! Oh, yikes! It's a...) will encourage some kids to guess the vehicle
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really cute for preschoolers, especially when they are old enough to use the context clues to guess the next vehicle coming down the road.
Peggy Archer
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A simple story told in rhyme about a toad sitting in the road, and the characters who try to avoid running into it. They all ask, 'What do you think your mama would say?' At the end we find out.
Terri Curtis
Perfect read-aloud for littles.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful storytime book! Bright colors, simple rhyming story. I think children would really get this story and enjoy it.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect storytime book!
Great for a read-aloud; rhyming text, repetition of phrases.
Robin Rockman
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This will make a cute Storytime book.
Juliana Lee
Oh no! Oh no! There's a toad in the road! Little Toad causes several traffic accidents by playing in the road until finally his mother arrives driving a tow truck. She gets him out of the road and cleans up the accidents.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This cautionary tale about a toad on the road is fun and repeats a warning before the accidents happen. Lots rhyme and rhythm in this story and fun for the children to join in with the repeated parts. I would read this aloud to kids in preschool and lower elementary grades they would love the repeat and joining in.
Becky Ransberger
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, storytime
Cute story would be fun for a storytime read aloud. Has a fun rhythm to keep attention and opportunities for children to chant along.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A super funny story about a toad playing in a road. The animals keep driving towards him and crashes. Themes are; frogs, cars, and safety. Great read for storytime.
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This will make a great read-a-loud for active participation.
Katie Dicesare
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the repetition, the illustrations--especially the shadow like clues that students can use to guess who's coming down the road. Very fun and engaging for young readers.
Sara Grochowski
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a win! I love the call-out to the audience and the vole in the van is totally groovy.
Edward Sullivan
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Lively call-and-response story makes great use of rhyme and repetition.
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a cute little toad is causing all kinds of trouble. Great repetitions and fun words for kids to join in with if you're reading it aloud.
Erin Murphy
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
This is a cute book and it is very fun to read! I think it would really well as a elementary school read aloud. It's very interactive and I think the story will make the kids laugh :)
Michelle Leonard
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Fun read aloud with great rhyme and repetition. Great for preschoolers!
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very funny. Will definitely be using this one for a storytime.
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A tad repetitious, but young readers won't mind. Great read aloud that invites participation.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My SLJ review: Toad sits in the middle of the road, playing with his friend, a fly, when along comes Bear on a bike. "Everyone shout: Look out! Look out!" Bear crashes with a loud "Skid! Screech! Bam!" He warns the young toad that a road is no place to play. "Vamoose! Skedaddle! Without delay!/What do you think your mama would say?" Croc in a car and Vole in a van follow the same pattern as Bear, creating a pileup of wrecked vehicles. When Mama Toad arrives in her tow truck, one wonders if she's ...more
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