Bad Frogs

Bad Frogs

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by Thacher Hurd
     
 

They’re wild! They’re irrepressible! And they’re very, very bad! These gleefully naughty frogs are certain to tickle the inner imp in reader and listener alike.

Calling all frog fans! Follow Thacher Hurd’s crew of 170 funny, funky BAD frogs as they slurp, burp, skateboard, parachute, and PLAY their way through the bright,

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Overview

They’re wild! They’re irrepressible! And they’re very, very bad! These gleefully naughty frogs are certain to tickle the inner imp in reader and listener alike.

Calling all frog fans! Follow Thacher Hurd’s crew of 170 funny, funky BAD frogs as they slurp, burp, skateboard, parachute, and PLAY their way through the bright, action-packed pages of this rollicking book. A hoot to read aloud, this spirited romp will have kids reciting its froggy words and poring over the details in its froggy artwork from morning till midnight. Celebrate life! BAD FROGS FOREVER!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Hurd's artwork is as exuberant as ever-his portraits of mischief-making amphibians have a ripped-from-the-easel sense of fun, with colors that look like they dried only minutes before readers opened the book. But those who have grown up with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon may find Hurd's idea of defying social norms tame: riding motorcycles, burping, "Smelling yucky. Talking crummy. Wearing bad hats. Wearing dark glasses." (This is not to say that parents will wholeheartedly approve of riding skateboards down the banister or spilling water out of the bathtub.) Curiously, Hurd (Mama Don't Allow) doesn't include a larger society being shocked by these actions-if the frogs live in a world where everyone breaks the rules, what's the biggie? Even the concluding reassurance that these frogs are unapologetic in their behavior ("They'll fight with their toothbrushes. They'll fall out of bed. They'll be... bad frogs forever") doesn't make up for their wimpiness as rebellious role models. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
This book is slightly amusing with comical illustrations of frogs riding motorcycles, getting dirty, burping at the table, never saying please or thank you, and otherwise not being well behaved. I am guessing the message is not to be overly proper and to have fun, but I found it boring. The frogs were not being really bad; just kids—er, frogs. The frogs are described as smelly and not well spoken. They wear "bad" hats and dark glasses. They stay up late and kiss their girlfriends—please, this is a picture book, could we do with out kissing? They splash water out of the bath tub—what kid or adult has not? When asked if they could behave and dress up and dance in a straight line, their response is "NO!" Most of the things these frogs are doing are normal kid stuff, but the message I got from this book was do not follow the rules. Not always a good message for very young children. I was not impressed. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Similar to Mordicai Gerstein's misbehaving main character in Minifred Goes to School (HarperCollins, 2009), Hurd's bad frogs-170 of them-revel in mischievous conduct and generate chaos wherever they go. Whether jumping in muck, slurping ice cream, burping at the dinner table, fighting with toothbrushes, or skateboarding down stair railings, the delightfully green, yellow-tinged characters prance across the pages in an array of costumes, entertaining viewers with their antics. The artwork gleams with Hurd's shiny bright colors, and his swinging text, presented in bold purple, trumpets the frogs' badness as they romp through the action-packed illustrations. When the narrative queries, "Could they be good?/Could they be quiet?" the resounding answer is "No way!" In fact, at story's end, the critters "fall out of bed," jump out of windows, and frolic on rooftops beneath the moon and stars, "bad frogs FOREVER." Youngsters are sure to chuckle each time they turn a page.-Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Going one-up on such solitary malfeasants as the wolf-suited Max and Rosemary Wells's Noisy Nora, here no fewer than 170 frogs in human dress tumble, dash, skate and sail across the pages, "Smelling yucky. Talking crummy. Wearing bad hats. Wearing dark glasses. Staying up late. Kissing their girlfriends." "Bad frogs," opines Hurd. "Very bad frogs." The author's reach exceeds his grasp, however, as aside from some hijinks at the table ("Ick-ums," says the disapproving mother frog as her brood belches happily) and in the tub, there is very little misbehavior actually on view. Still, children will delight in the idea-as well as the general visual hyperactivity in the art and the text's rollicking cadences, which, when read aloud a number of times, could make for a rousing chant-along. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763632533
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Thacher Hurd is the son of the late Edith Thacher Hurd and Clement Hurd, who together created many beloved children’s books. He has written and illustrated more than twenty-fi ve books, including MAMA DON'T ALLOW, which won a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award, and ZOOM CITY, which was named a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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