Once Upon a Toad

Once Upon a Toad

Title:Once Upon a Toad
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781416984788
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

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.


    Once Upon a Toad Reviews

  • Melody

    I really enjoyed this over-the-top reworking of an old fairy tale. I found the characters fun and believable, the set-up enjoyable, and the payoff delightful. I loved that it's set in my town, and I d...

  • Emma

    I loved this book too! I like how there is always a big problem in the book that this author writes, and the characters always come up with very interesting ways to solve them! I couldn't put this boo...

  • Katezz

    This was an awesome book!! It had a wonderful plot line!! I thought it was going to be so predictable but it had so many twists and turns that i couldn't make easy predictions! Loved IT...

  • Elliott Winter

    A fun filled book that combines the modern times of now with Fairy Tale elements. It's very much of the story of the sister and evil Step-Sister, although with no evil Stepmother as Catriona's stepmot...

  • Kiran Galsinh

    Cat Starr the heroine of Once Upon a Toad is forced to live with her father when her mother is called away to an urgent mission in space. When Cat goes to live with her father she is tormented by her ...

  • MaoMeow1035

    5th to 7th gradeAs this is the same author of the Mother Daughter Book Club, the book has the same writing style. In this book, Cat does not have a good relationship with her step-sister, Olivia(don't...

  • Laura

    This was a fun and original take on Charles Perrault's tale. I did enjoy the first half of the book more than the second half, which contained plot holes big enough to drive a truck through, and some ...

  • Tara Wilson

    My 14 yo daughter reads this book every summer, and this year she brought the audio book along from the public library for us to listen to on our family road trip. I loved experiencing one of her most...

  • Noelle

    From the description, it sounds like a typical fairy tale book: an evil Stepsister, toads, flowers and diamonds. Once you get into the book, you'll realize that it's not a classic fairy tale. I really...

  • Madison Wright

    Was sort of confused in the first 7 chapters.. But overall I enjoyed this....