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Cover of Commander Toad and the Space Pirates by Jane Yolen

Commander Toad and the Space Pirates

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy by Jane Yolen

Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid by Jane Yolen

Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole by Jane Yolen

Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes by Jane Yolen

Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen

Sleeping Ugly

This is the book I always use when I do storytelling concerts. It’s fun to tell and always gets listeners–young and old–in a good mood. Princess Miserella is the ugly sleeper of the title. The heroine is Plain Jane. She is ably assisted by the old fairy and Prince Jojo, the youngest son of a youngest

Cover of Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen

Commander Toad in Space

I began the COMMANDER TOAD books because I saw an article in the local newspaper about a boy and his frog who had just won a jumping-frog contest. The frog’s name was “Star Warts.” I thought it would be funnier if the frog had been a toad, since the old superstition is that toads gives you

Cover of Mice on Ice by Jane Yolen

Mice on Ice

One day I was watching the “Ice Capades” with my children and some little brain tickle produced the title “The Mice Capades.” Of course there was no plot or characters–just the title. Gradually that became an easy reading story idea which grew and grew and grew until it was a small chapter book.

Cover of Spider Jane on the Move by Jane Yolen

Spider Jane on the Move

This sequel to “Spider Jane” is another little easy reading chapter book and was similarly lost. That is, it had nice reviews and few sales. I never quite knew why. It is about a house-proud spider and her friend, Bluebottle Burt who helps her keep her web clean. In this book, Spider Jane moves house.

Cover of The Giants Go Camping by Jane Yolen

Giants Go Camping, The

The 1970’s was a time of a great upsurge in children’s publishing, and everyone was trying easy readers. This little book–and its prequel THE GIANTS FARM–were both my entry into that particular genre. The five giants live on Fe-Fi-Fo-Farm which is what I wanted to call our farm when