A reissue of the classic Australian picture book which follows the mischievous Taggarty Toad on his adventures.

The mischievous and clever Taggarty Toad has been on many adventure and has countless fearless stories to tell. He’s battled giants, sailed the Seven Seas and even bent the moon but Taggarty also knows that some are venturing to pay him back for his escapades!


Peter Pavey created some of the most unique and innovative Australian picture books. After studying commercial art at Swinburne Institute, Peter shunned the idea of going into advertising. His passion for children’s books and his connection to renowned illustrator Ron Brooks led him to illustrate Olaf Ruhen’s The Day of the Diprotodon (1976). Peter’s next work, which took about three years to complete, was One Dragon’s Dream (1978), the first book he both wrote and illustrated. It was a huge success, winning him the CBCA Book of the Year (1980), and was published to worldwide acclaim in a number of countries, including Britain, America, Germany and Italy. He followed this with the highly-acclaimed book, I’m Taggerty Toad (1980), in which a Baron Munchausen-esque hero recounts his epic adventures which may (or may not) be true. Though no less fantastical, his next work, Battles in the Bath (1982), placed the imaginative adventure in a domestic setting and was a finalist in the 1983 CBCA Picture Book of the Year category. His 1987 book, Is Anyone Hungry?, about an admiral searching for the elusive ‘twittering grimbix’, was also his last. Peter has since retired from writing and illustrating and works on a walnut farm.


In my opinion this was Peter’s greatest work and I treasure it.


I love this book. It is so bizarre that it just seems to work. Pavey’s illustrations are something else all together. There are an incredibly detailed mix of styles from cross-hatch to sparse cartoon-ish parts coloured gently with pencil. There are bright and arresting elements and then at times some very realistic looking animals. These are all combined on each page. There is just so much to look at it’s fantastic!

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