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|Can I tell you a secret?|
Author: Kang, Anna
Monty the frog has a secret he wants to share with you--he cannot swim!
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 182665
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/16)
School Library Journal (02/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Monty, a frog, has an embarrassing secret that he is reluctant to share with anyone but his trusted reader. He is desperately afraid of water and cannot swim. With the support of said reader and confidante, he musters the courage to tell his parents about this humiliating dilemma. Accompanied by his parents, along with the added support of a snorkel, Monty ultimately makes his victorious leap into the pond. The absurdity of a frog petrified of water will surely amuse young readers, particularly the scenes where Monty dodges raindrops with an umbrella and submits a doctor's note to his swimming coach. Children with any kind of phobia will especially relate to this off-beat picture book read-aloud. Weyant's splashy, expressive illustrations complement the text, featuring a beady-eyed, bulbous-headed frog who has the look and appeal of a beloved cartoon character. The overall message should be clear that it is as important to share problems with at least one caring friend as it is to be a good listener and safeguard a friend's secrets. Pair this choice with the creative team's earlier title You Are (Not) Small (Amazon, 2014). VERDICT An enjoyable picture book that is worth repeated readings.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.