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.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Bad Frogsby Thacher Hurd
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/b>
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!
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
- Candlewick Press
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- 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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