Synopses & Reviews
Now available in a twentieth anniversary edition, this modern classic has been given a new afterword by the author and stunning new jacket art by Tony DiTerlizzi.
Jennifer Murdley would give anything to be beautiful. But then she buys a particularly ugly toad--one who can talk and, in fact, won't shut up--who shows her a thing or two about the meaning of true beauty.
California Young Reader Medal
Children's Choice Award Nominee (in ten states)
"Endlessly funny. . . . A roller-coaster ride of a story, full of humor and even wisdom."--Kirkus Reviews
When homely Jennifer stumbles into Mr. Elives Magic Shop, she ends up buying a talking toad named Bufo. Jennifer must make a painful choice about beauty when she faces a terrifying witch who is seeking the "Jewel of Perfect Happiness" concealed in Bufos forehead. Illustrations.
Celebrate Twenty Years of Magic!
Jennifer Murdley, a homely fifth-grader who would give anything to be beautiful, accidentally stumbles into a magic shop and purchases a very ugly toad. The toad, it turns out, can talk and ends up getting Jennifer into the worst trouble of her life. This madcap, head-spinning adventure is also a thought-provoking story about the nature of true beauty.
About the Author
is the bestselling author of dozens of books, including Armageddon Summer
(cowritten with Jane Yolen), My Teacher Is an Alien
, Into the Land of the Unicorns
, and The Monsters of Morley Manor
. He lives in Syracuse, New York.