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Elmo Freem can't believe he has to do a book report on a dumb book called Frog Medicine. But suddenly, the book doesn't seem so dumb when he finds himself turning into a frog.

Elmo Freem cannot seem to do his book report and as a result starts turning into a frog.

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Overview

Elmo Freem can't believe he has to do a book report on a dumb book called Frog Medicine. But suddenly, the book doesn't seem so dumb when he finds himself turning into a frog.

Elmo Freem cannot seem to do his book report and as a result starts turning into a frog.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elmo Freem, star of The Trouble with the Johnsons and Moog-Moog, Space Barber , is back, and in yet another fix. The problem now is a pesky book report that has him in a dither--and sprouting frog feet to boot. With his cat Leon in tow, Elmo is whisked to Frogtown, where Dr. Frank Galoof, author of a book called Frog Medicine (the book report tome, naturally), counsels him regarding his condition, treats him to dinner at a swampy local restaurant and sends him on his way. Although this new tale doesn't pack as much punch as Moog-Moog , and the plot seems slightly contrived, it's still a diverting outing. Teague again demonstrates his knack for dealing with the kinds of predicaments that loom large on children's horizons in a fresh and funny way. His brash, arresting images are enhanced by scrupulous attention to fine points: witness the gradual transformation of Elmo's surroundings as his metamorphosis begins, such as the lilypad wallpaper that appears in the bathroom when he first discovers his alarming new feet. Ages 6-9. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- The third of Teague's Elmo Freem tales takes the boy on a forced march through a book report. While his classmates select all the good titles, Elmo is left with Frog Medicine. The night before the assignment is due, he tries to write the report without reading the book, and falls asleep. The next morning he discovers that he is turning into a frog from the feet up. Seeking a cure from the author of his book, Elmo is assured that the book is not dull, and neither are frogs; back at home he starts to read, finds the story interesting, and is cured. A wildly improbable tale, this volume has allure with its painterly, luminous pictures of a froggy dream world, complete with a taxi floating down the pond-street that is now filled with lily pads. The oddly flat coloring befits the starkness of dreams--no dirt, no clutter, just glaring outlines. A book that will appeal to those who may not like reading but who will enjoy the pictures and be drawn in by them. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590441773
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1991
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Teague
Mark Teague

Mark Teague

Mark Teague is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose books include DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL, the 2002 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year; DETECTIVE LARUE: LETTERS FROM THE INVESTIGATION; LARUE FOR MAYOR: LETTERS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL; FUNNY FARM; and PIGSTY. He is also the illustrator of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen. Mark lives in Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and daughters.

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