Toestomper and the Caterpillars by Sharleen Collicott

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Toestomper is mean, rude, and disgusting. Along with his friends Nightmare, Basher, and Barfy-the Rowdy Ruffians-he loves to make trouble and pick on folks. But when a slew of warm and fuzzy caterpillars begin following Toestomper around and look up at him with their pleading eyes, he's not sure what to do. He yells at them to leave but they still won't go, and then they start to look a bit cold huddling outside Toestomper's hut. Gradually the fuzzy furballs wend their way into Toestomper's life. But what will the Rowdy Ruffians think of Toestomper's change of heart?
 

About Sharleen Collicott

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Sharleen Collicott lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she writes and illustrates full-time. She is also the author of Toestomper and the Caterpillars, which was a Publishers Weekly Bestseller of 1999.
 
Published September 27, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Toestomper and his friends the Rowdy Ruffians, a rough-and-tough band of rodent and reptile characters, like to act “mean, rude, and disgusting.” When Toestomper stumbles upon a bush of caterpillars, he stomps the bush flat, leaving the caterpillars homeless.

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Having undergone a metamorphosis of his own in Toestomper and the Caterpillars, Sharleen Collicut's hero watches his charges transform in Toestomper and the Bad Butterflies.

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PW called this story of a hard-hearted hellion who magically turns into a touchy-feely pushover "a cursory tale."

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He even shuns his friend Nightmare's offer to ""go to town and be rude"" and Barfy's invitation to ""go to town and be disgusting."" After the Ruffians tie Toestomper to a tree and attempt to feed the caterpillars to the birds, the improbable happy ending finds Toestomper playing cards with the R...

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