Synopses & Reviews
Out of the dirt on Toddand#8217;s smelly sockand#160;came a race of miniature people who worship Todd as a god.
Now, the tiny Toddlians need everyone's prayers!
The Toddlians have always believed in the omnipotence of their god, twelve-year-old Todd Butroche. After all, Todd is their creator and they would not exist if it were not for him and his benevolent grossness. But when the Toddlians are confronted with a vile and#147;red thingand#8221; (a moldy apple) and its mysterious and horrifying inhabitant (a worm!), they begin to believe Todd has forgotten all about them. Thereand#8217;s only one solution to the Toddliansand#8217; problems: to find a new god! And so they decide to build a raft and#224; la Noahand#8217;s ark in order to search for a more thoughtful deity. But who can the Toddlians turn to in their time of despair? And does Todd really not remember the miniature race generated by the dirt on his smelly sock? It will take more than divine intervention to save the Toddlians and mend their relationship with their neglectful creator.
and#8220;This story is all about the ride, in all of its gross and grimy glory. Galveston . . . delights in the icky habits of the Toddlians (and#8220;dead skin cell and toe jam sandwichesand#8221; are a delicacy), yet her portrayal of the brutalities of middle school feels as real as the things Todd learns about friends, popularity, and being true to oneself.and#8221;
and#8220;Fans of both the smart and the gross . . . will take to this one.and#8221;and#160;
and#8211;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
and#8220;Hilarious premise and . . . excellent cast of supporting characters.and#8221;
and#8220;A dirty sock has never been such fun! A zany and hilarious adventure of bravery and friendship.and#8221; and#8212;Donna Gephart, author of How to Survive Middle School
and#8220;All hail Todd! Who can resist a story of a kid so slovenly that intelligent life forms on his filthy sock?and#8221; and#8212;Mark Peter Hughes, author of Lemonade Mouth
and#8220;By the Grace of Todd is deliciously gross. It made the ten year old locked up inside of my head howl with laughter. Wonderfully disgusting, yet thought provoking.and#8221; and#8212;Thomas E. Sniegoski - New York Times bestselling author of THE FALLEN series, and the BONE: QUEST FOR THE SPARK Trilogy
Praise for By the Grace of Todd:
and#8220;Galveston[and#8217;s]and#8230;portrayal of the brutalities of middle school feels as real as the things Todd learns about friends, popularity, and being true to oneself.and#8221; and#8211;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Hilarious premise and . . . excellent cast of supporting characters.and#8221; and#8211;Booklist
and#8220;Fans of both the smart and the gross . . . will take to this one.and#8221;and#160;and#8211;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Perfect for fans of Andrew Clements and The Borrowers, By the Grace of Todd is the laugh-out-loud answer to what happens if you leave dirty laundry on the floor . . . and donand#8217;t follow your motherand#8217;s instructions to clean your room.
Twelve-year-old Todd has created life through sheer grossness.
How did he become an accidental god?
Ingredient A: A worn athletic sock
Ingredient B: Dirt from the Great and Powerful Todd himself
Instructions: Leave under bed for months. Do not clean room.
Yields: 50 ant-sized Toddlians
BUT WATCH OUT! When school bully Max Loving puts the future of the tiny Toddlians in jeopardy, Todd will have to do everything in his power to save the race his very negligence created.
About the Author
Louise Galveston is a writer, playwright, and director of childrenand#8217;s theater. She lives with her husband in the Midwest and, like Todd, she presides over a small civilization of her own: a parrot, cockatiel, horse, African dwarf frog, and eleven tiny people who happen to be her children!
Come visit Louse (and the Toddlians!) at www.bythegraceoftodd.com or on Twitterand#160;@LouiseGalveston.