The Froggy Books

March 4, 2013 at 6:01 am (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , )

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Title: The Froggy Books

Author: Jonathan London

Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz

If I never have to read another one of these books that would be fine by me! BUT, that’s not going to happen as the kiddo so kindly nominated these as the must read series for the last two weeks running.

I picked up ten titles in the series at the library and have not had a break from them since.  She saw frogs on the cover, so frogs we had to have, and we checked out everything available in the series.

They aren’t bad, they’re very toddler friendly actually, I’m just tired.  Any time Froggy goes somewhere he has to flop, flop, flop.  When he puts on his clothes it’s with a lot of zips, zats, and znats.  There are bonks and clangs, lots of “Froooooooogggggy!” and “Whaaaaaat!” exchanges between Froggy and his parents.  Then of course, there’s that defining moment in each story when Froggy “more red in the face than green” discovers he’s doing something ridiculous.

The kiddo loves them and I cannot sit down to read a Froggy book without reading at least three Froggy books.  This week, on multiple occasions, Froggy has gone to school, learned to swim, gone to bed, played T-ball, eaten out, gone to Hawaii, played in a band (kiddo’s favorite), gotten dressed (my least favorite), had the best babysitter, and had a sleepover.

They don’t have to be read in any particular order, but if you happen to find them in order you will definitely benefit.  London does a good job of bouncing previous lines from previous stories into a later book.  For instance, if we had not read Froggy Learns to Swim I would not have understood why in Froggy Goes to School the characters start chanting ‘bubble  bubble toot toot chicken airplane soldier’ and think that it has anything to do with swimming.  I guess I missed out on that swimming lesson as a child.  But thankfully, I’d been to Froggy’s swimming lessons, so it wasn’t too weird.

There’s a lot of Froggy books and I’m sure we shall read more of them in the future as we come across them.  As I said, great toddler titles… for the toddler.  Parents: you’ll be longing for the days when you were reading Eric Carle twenty times instead.


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The Low Down on Kid’s Books

January 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

How do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms – Yolen

This is Ayla’s first dinosaur book and the first thing we’ve read by Jane Yolen. Cute, clever, and rhyming this is great board book for a 14 month old learning to put her toys away before she leaves a room and goes to another. Its quickly becoming an afternoon favorite.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs – Barrett

Ayla and I read this recently for the first time. She seemed to enjoy it when I made the action loud enough, but its definitely going to be more exciting when she’s a little older. All in all, though, it does not live up to its hype.

Punctuation Station – Bryan P. Cleary

Ayla and I love Bryan P. Cleary books and are trying to collect them all. We checked this one out of the library this week, and as usual she found the rhymes exciting, even if she doesn’t quite know what they mean yet!

The Sea of Bath – Bob Logan

Ayla loves this one. She’s really into the illustrations and there’s the perfect amount of story per page, so she is able to sit still for just the right amount of time before she turns the page for you. We checked this copy out of the library, but I think I’ll have to go buy a copy soon.

Where to, Little Wombat – Charles Fuge

Ayla wasn’t sure about sitting through the first page, but by the second she was hooked.  The first time we read this she made me read it three times in a row and carried it around the house for an hour after that.  The illustrations are fun and she loved being introduced to new animals she hadn’t seen before: wombat, emu, and koala. Plus, the story is super cute too.
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