Saturday, May 26, 2012

LET'S GO FROGGY! Written by Jonathon London

My Granddaughter, Faith and I were searching for something new to read when we came across a Little Froggy book by Jonathon London. She and her cousins have laughed at this ridiculously funny little green neon frog so many times.

"LET'S GO FROGGY!" Written by Jonathon London

& Illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz 
(Penguin/Viking, 1994)
Pages: 32
Ages: 2 to 6

This is the first Froggy book that we added to our little library. The girls love Frank Remkiewicz's cartoon illustrations of Froggy and his family but it is the sound effects that make them laugh.

Page 3
This story featuring our little hero Froggy, begins with him waking up. He looks out his window and sings, "Hurray!" "I want to go out and play!"

Froggy's father hears him from the other room and asks Froggy if he would like to go for a bike ride and picnic.

Page 4
Of course Froggy wants to go but he has to get dressed first. With a zap and a zip, Froggy pulls on his underwear and shorts. 

Frank Remkiewicz creates visual variety by placing Froggy on a white background on this page.

Whenever I look at Froggy the word silly pops in my mind. The image of him pulling up his underwear just makes me want to laugh and his big grin is contagious.
Page 7

Now that Froggy is all dressed, his father reminds him that he needs his bicycle helmet.

I'm glad Froggy wears his helmet. He is such a good role model! LOL

Page 8

Froggy tells his father that he does not know where his helmet is. His dad responds,
"It's wherever you left it!"
"I forget!"
"You have to look for it!"

Froggy looks in the most absurd places for his helmet.

The girls tell me Froggy is silly for looking in the fridge for his helmet and then they giggle. But once again it is the sound effects that make my granddaughters laugh. BONK!

Once Froggy finds his helmet, his father tells him to find his butterfly net then the ball grandpapa gave him, then the peaches Auntie Loulou gave him.

Now that they are all ready to go, Froggy's Father can't find his red backpack. Froggy gets to tell his his father that "It's wherever you left it!" Turns out it is on his back. Both Froggy and my granddaughters point and laugh. 

Now they are truly ready to go but Froggy announces that he is hungry so the pair eat their picnic on the patio.

With their tummies full, Froggy and his father "peddled into the sunset - wee!"

From School Library Journal

Preschool - Grade 2-A fun-for-all, tongue-tangling, giggle-getting, "flap," "bonk," "slam" of a rousing read-aloud. Froggy and his father prepare for a bike outing and picnic. Froggy says, "'I don't know where it is!'" about each item, and his father replies, "'It's wherever you left it!'" After much searching, complete with sound effects, the pair are too hungry to proceed, so they have their picnic on the patio, and then set off on their bicycles. Spirited, bright watercolor illustrations drip with Froggy greenness and the background is awash with wonderfully intense, saturated tones and accent colors that have a neon brightness. Cartoon frogs in flipper-shaped sneakers pedal off into the sunset with their helmets securely in place. Rich with opportunities for audience participation, Let's Go, Froggy! should be a story-time favorite with innumerable theme possibilities.
Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

The reader "will surely laugh out loud," commented a critic for Publishers Weekly in a review of Froggy Gets Dressed. A versatile and engaging writer for children, London blends bouncy, alliterative verse rhythms and clear, understated prose to create books for young children that make a difference.

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From School Library Journal

It's now summertime for the hero of Froggy Gets Dressed (Viking, 1992). When an overzealous swing ride tosses him into a pond, his patient mother assures her terrified son that all frogs are great swimmers, and she teaches him how. He is still reluctant until he puts on his flippers, mask, and snorkel. Then he won't get out of the water?all night! Vivid watercolor cartoons add to the humor, showing the comical facial expressions and hilarious beachwear. Froggy's childlike dialogue and the sound words?"zook! zik!"; "flop flop...splash!"?make this story a wonderful read-aloud. Pair it with Marc Brown's D.W. All Wet (Little, 1988) to promote discussion about overcoming fears.?Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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