Thursday, October 11, 2012

Once Upon A Toad

Once Upon A Toad by Heather Vogel Frederick.
Once Upon a ToadSummery: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 isthat? 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?
Romance:Flirting, liking/crushing, thinking/talking about someone.
Violence:Yelling/arguments, kidnapping, mean words, bullying.
Other:Divorce, lying/hiding something, magic, fairy godmothers.
Time Period:Modern.
My Thoughts:Although this wasn't really in my age group (more middle school) I still really enjoyed this book! It was a delightful retelling and it made me rejoin a younger self hidden within me...the one that goes crazy over fairy tales and such. Anyhow, it was a good book, lighthearted and very funny! I would recommend it to tween girls. Especially those who enjoy fairy tales!
My Favorite Character:Would probably be Cat. You really relate to her and her adventure is just such an amazing one with a bunch of fun :D
My Stars:3.9 (I'd almost read it again, but it wasn't super outstanding. For me anyways)
Love, Sierra

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