An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night is the story of a young toad named Andrew, pondering whether his life would be more interesting had he been hatched a frog.
Andrew embarks on his first solo hop to ask his grandpa some questions about what it means to be an amphibian. The story is blended with factual information that compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among toads and frogs.
About the Author, Joanne McGonagle:
Joanne is the author of The Tiniest Tiger children’s book and the award-winning website The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. Inspired by her cat Gracey, Joanne transitioned from a career in specialty food marketing to writing and studying all cats big and small. She has a Master of Zoology GFP from Miami University and an MBA from Ohio University. She recently spent time in Kenya and Namibia learning about lions and cheetahs. Joanne lives in Ohio with Paul and Gracey.
About the illustrator:
Rachael Mahaffey is an award-winning freelance artist and illustrator located in the historic area of Charleston, South Carolina. She specializes in digital art media, but loves to experiment with new art techniques. Rachael has drawn since early childhood and turned her hobby into her career after graduating from the Art Institute in 2003. She loves to work with authors to make their imaginations come to life.
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Joanne McGongle pens "An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night", a delightful tale about an ordinary toad named Andrew who visits his grandfather wanting to know why he wasn't born a bull frog. The author's lessons about bullying and appreciating who you are, is one of the better explanations I've seen for young children. My nephew is going to love this book when I see him in September, my neighbors kids thought Andrew was the best ordinary toad they've ever seen! I need to mention that the illustrations done by Rachael Mahaffey are fantastic and very well done to the point I was totally impressed and that's not easy to do with illustrations. I highly recommend this book to all children and parents alike.
I give "An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night" a 5 star rating.