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Gr 3-6-Morris Gleitzman's comical story (Puffin, pap. 2008) about an Australian cane toad and his adventures among humans combines animal fantasy similar to E. B. White and satire akin to Dr. Seuss. Limpy, introduced in Gleitzman's previous Toad stories, is on another mission to spread peace and good will between the human race and cane toads. His journey begins when he hitches a ride with a bearded fireman he mistakes for Santa Claus. Along the way, he overcomes many obstacles while learning more about humans and the celebration of Christmas. Limpy's altruism is rewarded with new friendships he forms with insects, cats, dogs, and even people. Some Briticisms might need explanations. The tale is impeccably narrated by the author who gives each character an appropriate voice: compassionate Limpy, egotistical cousin Goliath, and protective sister Charm. A fun listen.-Cynthia Grabke, Halifax Elementary School, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.