Illustrated by Karen Lee Schmidt
ISBN# 0-15-216352-2 hardcover
HOPTOAD is one of the shortest picture books (if not the shortest) I have ever written.But the pictures by Karen Schmidt give it a longer story. The piece began as a silly rhyme which I thought might be a board book, but my editor had broader (wider?) thoughts and so it became a picture book.
A Junior Library Guild book; starred reviews in Booklist and Kirkus.
What reviewers have said:
- “Fun for new readers, the book also serves as a quick read-aloud for preschoolers, who will thrive on the suspense.” School Library Journal
- “Psychedelic desert skies add a surreal touch to this suspenseful, appealingly understated story of tragedy narrowly averted.” Booklist
Available in the hardcover.