|I don't want to be a frog|
Author: Petty, Dev
A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.60
Points: .5 Quiz: 174224
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 1.20
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 71372
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/14)
School Library Journal (12/01/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (06/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2014 PreS-Gr 2—Expressive, painted illustrations depict two bipedal frogs deep in a discussion. The duo is set against a solid colored background where sparse details successfully highlight the conversation, which is conveyed in speech balloons. The smaller of the frogs announces that he doesn't want to be a frog, he'd prefer to be a cat, pig, rabbit, or owl. The larger frog has a counterargument for each choice. Finally, a large wolf interjects that we would eat anything, except for frogs, the reasons being the qualities that the small frog also dislikes: too wet, slimy, and bug-eating. This amusing story ends with a laugh and a much more content frog.—Laura Hunter, Mount Laurel Library, NJ - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 06/01/2015 We are who we are, and our young protagonist is a frog, much to his/her chagrin. As a parental-seeming grownup frog explains why Junior can’t be a cat, rabbit, pig, or owl-all for a variety of good reasons, but namely because Junior is a frog-audiences will giggle with recognition. Petty clearly knows the drill with kids’ questions and parents’ responses, playfully juxtaposing childish desires and parental exasperation. Bold and bright illustrations amp up the humor, imbuing large and small frog with perfectly fitting facial expressions; the spectacle-wearing grownup is suitably forbearing, while young frog is unselfconscious and inquisitive. Side characters prove equally enjoyable, particularly as cat, rabbit, pig and owl bound across the endpapers in a cameo appearance as the little frog looks on. With encompassing full-page spreads and relatable, laughter-inducing dialogue, this lighthearted exploration of identity will delight as a readaloud, no occasion needed. AA - Copyright 2015 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.