‘Tad’ is the smallest almost-a-frog. She struggles to keep up with her tad sisters and tad brothers. Yet in the depths of the pond, Big Blub awaits- GULP!  Tad hides in the rocks and plants and wiggles as quickly as she can to safety.

Tad’s tadpole brothers and sisters grow- swoosh- wriggle-swish swish-wiggle- swoosh– losing their tails and moving beyond their little sister. Eventually, she is the only tadpole in the pond left to face Big Blub. What will become of ‘Tad’?

I love Benji Davies’ empathetic palette and descriptive language, the swirls of words and movement. The explosive conclusion is glorious. ‘Tad’ is a tender, compassionate, accessible and engaging picture book. I recommend it highly to younger readers, as a gift book, as the ideal choice to share and love.



Sometimes the biggest stories have the smallest beginnings

Benji Davies

(HarperCollins)– hardback

Tad‘ is the smallest of the almost-a-frogs. She has to wiggle her tail twice as fast just to keep up! It is important to keep up, for in the depths of the pond lurks Big Blub! As time passes, the number of tad sisters and brothers declines so that soon ‘Tad’ is alone. Can she keep safe from Big Blub? Will she escape the pond and leap into frog-dom?


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