Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I Don't Want To Be A Frog by Dev Petty, Book Review

By: Dev Petty
Illustrated by: Mike Boldt
Published by: Doubleday Books
Released on: 2/10/15 - TODAY
Ages: 3 & up
Rating: 4.5 Owlets - We Really Enjoyed It
Source: book from publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review
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"A lively look at self-acceptance."—Kirkus Reviews"This amusing story ends with a laugh and a much more content frog."—School Library Journal
Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

A fantastic children's book. This book delivers a great message and a lot of laughs.

Why be a slimy, wet, bug eating frog when you can be another animal? That's what little frog wants to know. He's tired of being a frog. He wants to be something else. Something like an wise old owl, or a warm and fuzzy cat or a rabbit. After all he can hop, and so can a rabbit. Even being a pig who eats garbage doesn't seem so bad. As little frog finds out, many of the things these animals can do, are things he can't do. In fact, out of all the animals he wants to be, not one of them eats bugs like he does. Though he's told he can't be anything other than who he is, the young frog still has hope in changing. That is until he meets a hungry wolf. Lucky for frog, wolves don't eat frogs, but they sure do enjoy eating many of the other animals frog wanted to be. Thanks to wolf, frog realizes that being a green, slimy, bug eating frog isn't so bad after all.

With great illustrations, plenty of laughs, and a great message about being happy with who you are, I Don't Want To Be A Frog is a book that will be read over and over again. I highly recommend this one.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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