The Toad Who Loved Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea there is nothing I enjoy more than reading a book at the same time. Sadly I am not very good at finding the time to do this. So when Faziz Kermani contacted me and asked if I would like to review his latest book which had a tea theme I just had to say yes. The Toad Who Loved Tea is a children’s comedy book aimed for ages 7-11 and beyond. It is all about the exciting journey of a toad called Tungtang who leaves her home at Muddy River to venture into town where humans live. She finds herself in a tea shop and this is really where her adventure and learning more about both humans and tea begins. Tungtang causes havoc in the tea shop and the owners get complaints for mud on the tablecloths and tea that mysteriously disappears. The owners finally discover that Tungtang has been responsible for the mysterious occurrences in the shop. All is forgiven after discovering about her passion for tea and they decide to ask Tungtang to work in the shop as their official tea taster. This proves to be very successful and she is even offered to join the World Tea Council. Of course the residents of Muddy River get to know of her success via papers left by the humans.

On opening the book I was greeted by a lovely personal handwritten message from Faziz with a sticker below of what I can only describe as a cheeky frog. Before you embark on chapter one there is a lovely rhyme which is a lovely introduction to the story. On the opposite page is a picture of what I can only describe as a friendly but cheeky toad with a cup of tea. This helps kick start your imagination about the toad you are going to meet and the exciting adventure that they are going to go on. The book is 47 pages in total and is broken down into ten chapters with some fantastic illustrations in between.

It did not take me long to read this lovely story. I would love to have experienced some of Tungtangs adventure. From being part of the community at Muddy river and listening to Granpa Nutbelch’s stories. I could never imagine a human getting away with how I would describe as acquiring guests cakes and teas, but then they can’t hide easily like a toad. I was left imagining what it would like to lie on a bed of tea every night and indeed how it would ever be possible for a human to do this. My favourite earl grey tea even got a mention. I loved that TungTang became chief tea taster and used her imagination and experience to change the Royal Jubilee blend with some rose petals and lemongrass. I can only imagine how any fellow tea lover like myself would love to have Tungtang’s job.

So would I recommend this book? Yes definitely. I loved everything about it, from the delightful character names and their personalities, and the way your imagination was stimulated even further through the delightful illustrations. Most of all is the important underlying message that you should follow your dreams and that it is possible to achieve them.

Disclaimer: I received this book in return for an honest review. All of the opinions are honest and my own.

57 Comments

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      Hi, I am sure that they will love it as will their parents.

  1. January 23, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Tea is definitely my favourite drink in the world! I definitely wish I had more time to sit down with a nice cuppa and read a book. This one sounds so fun and I wish I was a tea taster in real life. That’s the perfect job! X

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      Hi, wouldn’t it be great to be a professional tea taster 😊

  2. January 23, 2018 / 7:35 pm

    This sounds like a lovely book – my son is only 4 so perhaps a little too young to enjoy at the moment! Being a tea taster would def be my ideal job as I’m partial to a cup or three !!!

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 7:37 pm

      Oh I am sure he would love it in few years. Wouldn’t it be great to be a professional tea taster 😊x

  3. January 23, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    This was such a lovely, cosy read. Theres a tea shop in Newcastle you would absolutely love! xx

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      Oh what’s it called and I can save if I ever get to pop up, thanks.

      • January 23, 2018 / 9:25 pm

        It’s called the Quilliam Brothers Tea house! Right up your street! ⭐️

        • pinkiebag
          Author
          January 23, 2018 / 9:26 pm

          Thank you that’s great 😀

  4. January 23, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    This book seems just right for you. So lovely to talk about it on your blog.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 23, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      Hi, it was a lovely read perfect for a tea lover, grown up or children.

  5. Lena Dee
    January 23, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    Lol this is mega cute 💕💕☺️ I so excited to know there’s a storybook surrounding tea and it’s awesomeness. Talk about an awesome job! I’m sure they’d be some lovely ones who’d enjoy this book.

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

  6. January 23, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    This looks so cute! I don’t have any kids in my life but if I did, this would make such a wonderful gift. What a novel idea x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Hi, it certainly would make a lovely gift.

  7. January 24, 2018 / 12:56 am

    Oh Chloe,
    what a delightful review & book, how exciting for this grandmother to pass on my love of tea in a children’s story time!

    Each time my grandchildren & I have a visit, we enjoy our special tea time together, how lovely to include a story about tea too!
    Thank you!
    Jennifer

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Hi, it sure would be a lovely way to enjoy teatime with your grandchildren.

  8. January 24, 2018 / 10:45 am

    This book sounds totally up your street! Sounds like it had a lovely message too. Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:37 pm

      Hi, it certainly does have a lovely message i would love to meet Tungtang in the tea shop.

  9. January 24, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    What a sweet sounding book! If/when I have kids, I’d certainly think about reading them something like this. Especially as I love tea as well.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:36 pm

      Hi, this is a fab book for all ages and as someone who loves tea I am sure that you would enjoy reading it.

  10. January 24, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    This sounds like a brilliant book and one I’m sure Ben would enjoy as he loves flicking through books even though he’s too young to read!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:35 pm

      Hi, I think Ben would love this as would his mummy, the illustrations are lovely.

  11. January 25, 2018 / 1:37 am

    This is so cute! #BloggersBest

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      It sure is and a lovely read.

  12. January 25, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    Aww what a lovely idea for a book! I’ll have to get a copy for my kids in school, we were just saying today that we’re running out of stories so I’m sure they’d love this!
    PaleGirlRambling xo
    http://palegirlrambling.co.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Hi, it is a lovely book and I am sure that the kids would love it.

  13. January 25, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    That looks like a great children’s book. I like the idea of it being a frog too. Good write 🙂

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:33 pm

      Hi, it sure is a great book, and I am little jealous of the toads job.

  14. January 25, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    What a lovely idea for a book! This is great for kids!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:32 pm

      Hi, it sure is and its a great read for grown ups as well.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      Hi, it sure is a lovely book and certainly is my cup of tea 😊.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you.

  15. January 25, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    What a lovely book! And being a tea tester has to be THE best job ever 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC x

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 25, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      It sure does, its my dream job.

  16. Lisa's Notebook
    January 25, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    Oh wow, the perfect book for you (not that I’m implying you’re an amphibian, haha) What a lovely story and the illustrations look gorgeous. So glad Earl Grey tea got a mention 😉 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Hi, it sure was the perfect for me, yeh for earl grey 😊.

  17. January 26, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Thank you for your toad-ily tea-rrific review! If any other tea lovers are interested in reviewing the book I’d love to hear from them. I think that amphibian tea tasters are the future!

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Hi Faiz, no problem it was a truly delightful book.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 8:50 pm

      Hi, it sure is.

  18. January 26, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    This sounds like a lovely book for when my girls are older. I never find time to read either. #sharingthebloglove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 26, 2018 / 8:45 pm

      It’s tough isn’t it finding dedicated reading time, this sure is a lovely book.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 6:30 pm

      Oh great are there any that you can recommend that I should try? Thanks.

      • January 29, 2018 / 9:10 pm

        Twinnings tea (apple flavor) you are going to love the blend so much…

        • pinkiebag
          Author
          January 30, 2018 / 8:26 pm

          I shall keep an eye out for this thank you.

  19. January 29, 2018 / 8:43 am

    What a perfect book for you! And a perfect job too – I can imagine there aren’t many tea tasting jobs around, but I think you’d be ideal for it! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 6:28 pm

      Hi, sadly there aren’t many jobs around but I can dream 😊.

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      January 29, 2018 / 7:41 pm

      Hi it sure is and it’s always very book for all ages.

  20. January 30, 2018 / 10:38 am

    The perfect book for you, it sounds like a fun one too. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  21. Creative Nails
    February 4, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Haha, what a great book for you! It looks super cute, the illustrations are great!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • pinkiebag
      Author
      February 4, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Hi, yes it was perfect for me even as a grown up.

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