Frederick, Heather Vogel Once Upon a Toad, 262 p. Simon and Schuster, 2012. $17. Content: G (danger, but no violence).
Cat Starr’s mom is off to the International Space Station, so Cat is relegated to her dad’s house across the country. Not so bad, really – except for her wicked step-sister Olivia, who is out to ruin Cat’s life for daring to step on her turf. When Cat sends a plea to her mother for help, it comes in the form of Great Aunt Abyssinia, who Cat finds out is really her fairy godmother. Only Olivia is sprouting flowers and diamonds, while Cat is stuck with toads – every time she makes a sound. If the two girls don’t stop arguing long enough to stop cooperating, something really bad will happen – worse than the kidnapping of the girls’ little brother Geoffrey.
Frederick has definitely channeled E.D. Baker in her latest novel. Cute and fun are high praise in this case. EL, MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher