Once Upon a Toad (Hardcover)

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A girl gets into a mouthful of trouble in this modern fractured fairy tale, from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.

Once upon a time, Cat Starr lived with her astronaut mom in Houston. But when her mother gets sent on a long-term mission, Cat has to move to a far away land—her dad’s house, halfway across the country—and share a room with her real-life evil stepsister, Olivia. Just when Cat can’t take it anymore, Great-Aunt Abyssinia comes to the rescue. And things go from bad to worse.

The next morning, Cat opens her mouth and a toad hops out! What’s more, when Olivia speaks, diamonds and flowers appear. How unfair is that? Before you can say "happily ever after," the girls are on the run from jewel thieves and a government agency. Can Cat save the day—and get rid of all those toads?

This is an enchanting fractured fairy tale from acclaimed Mother-Daughter Book Club author Heather Vogel Frederick.

About the Author

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the incredibly popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed; The Education of Patience Goodspeed; and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her husband and sons in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…

“In this enjoyable twist on a Charles Perrault fairy tale . . . Frederick keeps readers entertained with an action-packed, zany plot and an even wackier cast.”

--The Horn Book Magazine

"For fans of fantasy and fairy tales, this is a gem."–School Library Journal

"Recommended for fans of pure wackiness."


"Fans of Frederick’s The Mother-Daughter Book Club should thoroughly enjoy this modern version of an old fairy tale."

--Library Media Connection

"A light-hearted read, sure to entertain no matter what your taste—flowery or toad-ally gross."

-Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan

Product Details
ISBN: 9781416984788
ISBN-10: 141698478X
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 10th, 2012
Pages: 262
Language: English