This picture book introduces various ways to avoid swearing and also encourages readers to find their own way.
- Book Intro
(English) Catch the Expletive Toad!
“While jumping rope in gym class, I fell because of my rope partner Yang-ji. Right then, blech! A toad came out of my mouth! I apologized, but Yang-ji wouldn't even listen. I felt small and damp like a toad. As I went home feeling down, a soccer ball hit the back of my head. Then, my mouth twisted and toads popped out. I hate it when I throw up toads. How can I stop them?”
Swearing expressed with images
How can we make it easier for children to understand why swearing is so bad? Most parents tell their children that swearing is wrong because they don't want to use swear words explicitly to explain.
In this regard, the author devised a novel and clever idea. He compared swear words to toads that come out of one’s mouth. The illustrator vividly depicts the ugly and damp toad so that children can feel how they might feel when they get sworn at.
Through this book, children can naturally recognize that swear words convey unpleasant feelings and make others feel offended. Children will realize why swearing is terrible and why they shouldn't curse.
Toads that show the nature of swearing
Like a toad's sticky tongue, once you hear a curse word, it's hard to erase it from your memory. Toads, cold-blooded animals that like moist and shaded places, quickly lose their strength in bright and sunny places. Like toads, swear words can be easily brushed off in a positive environment. When someone offends you, you can show a warm smile instead of fighting back with another curse, and the other person's unkind heart will be softened. This book allows readers to learn about the nature of swearing and find smart ways to catch swearing toads.
How to avoid doing bad things
A boy who spits out a curse quickly realizes his mistake and repents. But he is frustrated because he cannot control himself. With the help of his father and friends, the boy tries his best not to say bad things.
Seeing the boy who finally controls his feelings and recovers a clear mind, readers will feel refreshed. The book helps children realize how important it is to try not to do bad things and allows them to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride that they have controlled themselves.
- About the Author
(English) Shin Sun-Jae Studied Philosophy in university and creative writing in a college, started writing children books. I have written this book with a mind to care about every children of grade 1 who are challenging every day. Wrote Spread out real Grade 1’s allowance operation!, A grade 1’s opponent, Here comes the Trio!.
(Indonesian) Shin Sunjae belajar filsafat di universitas dan belajar kreasi seni dan sasatra di sekolah pascar sarjana. Ia saat ini aktif merencanakan dan menulis buku anak-anak.
(Japanese) *シン・スンジェ: 哲学科文芸創作学を勉強し、今は子供の本に文を書きます。今まで書いた本は《三つ足ガマと黄金コイン》、《怒りたくない》、《私とご飯食べる人》などがあります。
(English) Kim Irang studied woodworking at Hongik University and now works as an illustrator. She illustrated Animal Encyclopedia: from Desert to the Arctic; The Hen Trio Fox Hunters; Historic Figure Newspaper; Play Book for One-Year-Old Baby series; Dad, Is Hanyang Seoul?; Mrs. Shooting Star Flies to the Universe; The Shabbiest Science Book in the World; and Lies Clung to Me.