Book Review: AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad by Tammy Cortez, Illustrated by Noemie Gionet Landry

AbbeyLoo is a curious little girl with a BIG imagination. This imagination takes AbbeyLoo to some very exciting and often unexpected places. AbbeyLoo loves exploring her backyard. There is always something new to see. Her favorite find is the many toads that roam her backyard. AbbeyLoo loves to carefully catch the toads and pet them and talk to them. Normally they don't talk back, but today is totally different. Follow along with AbbeyLoo on her latest adventure as she meets Gus, the talking toad.

Release Date: November 1, 2015
Age Group: 3-5 years
Source: Review copy from publisher
Reviewed By: Kelli & Kaitlyn


AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad is a really fun, whimsical read.  Kaitlyn and I both enjoyed it!

AbbeyLoo loves finding toads in her backyard.  She picks them up to examine them, as they are all different.  She loves hearing them croak, especially at night.  One day, AbbeyLoo picks up a toad, and he starts talking to her!  And she can understand him!  She's astounded at this discovery.  The toad's name is Gus.  And she and Gus figure out together that the reason AbbeyLoo can understand Gus is due to some magic fairy dust she'd sprinkled in the yard, hoping to understand the animals talking.

The next day, Gus takes AbbeyLoo down under the ground to Hopville (after AbbeyLoo uses the magic dust to make herself as small as Gus). What follows is an Alice in Wonderland type of adventure.  AbbeyLoo's experiences in Hopville were fun and imaginative.  I loved the imagery and the illustrations of Hopville (and Kaitlyn did too).  The descriptions of Hopville, especially the town fair, were Kaitlyn's favorite part of the book.

We really enjoyed this book.  The only thing that I didn't love was how much text was on each page.  I wish Cortez had made the book longer, with less words on each page and more illustrations.  I think both Kaitlyn and I would have enjoyed the book more that way: she was anxious to see the next illustration and was a little confused that we weren't turning pages at our usual pace.

With all that said, AbbeyLoo and Gus the Talking Toad is still a great read.  I recommend this book and would definitely read another book by Tammy Cortez.


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