Mercer Mayer, beloved creator of classics like Little Critter and There's a Nightmare in My Closet, brings back his first book starring a rambunctious boy who's out to catch a wily frog.
A wordless picture book originally published in 1967, Mayer's launch into the world of children's books helped him become known as a founder of the wordless style. In it, black-and-white illustrations show a boy and his pooch heading down to the pond to catch a frog, but a series of klutzy moves lands them both in the water and without their croaker. Unfortunately, their many attempts to snag the smiling frog don't work, but after they leave for home, the frog realizes he's a bit lonely. So with a go-get-'em attitude, he hops off to their place, where he joins his new friends in the bath.
Sure to spark kids' imaginations as they think up their own words to go with the pictures, Mayer's A Boy, A Dog and a Frog is an inspired, lighthearted springboard for creative discussions about recognizing actions and feelings. With Mayer's fresh, simple illustrations, this timeless book is sure to give kids plenty to ponder. Matt Warner