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Frog on a Log?
     

Frog on a Log?

by Kes Gray, Jim Field (Illustrator)
 

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"It's very simple, really. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs."

Each animal's designated seat rhymes with that animal's name. "It's not about being comfortable," explains the cat. "It's about doing the right thing."

The frog does not want to sit on a log. Doing his best to find an alternative

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"It's very simple, really. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs."

Each animal's designated seat rhymes with that animal's name. "It's not about being comfortable," explains the cat. "It's about doing the right thing."

The frog does not want to sit on a log. Doing his best to find an alternative place to sit, the frog asks the cat a litany of questions. For every answer the cat has, the frog has another question--until the frog finds out what dogs sit on!

Peppered with catchy rhymes, FROG ON A LOG? shows young readers that every animal has a special place to sit. With rhymes that are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's beginner books, FROG ON A LOG? is a fun, educational read-aloud story that helps teach phonics!

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Praise for LEAVE ME ALONE by Kes Gray and illustrated by Lee Wildish
"Incredibly moving, simply narrated" --MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

Praise for EAT YOUR PEAS by Kes Gray and illustrated by Nick Sharratt
"The book may well tickle funny bones ... thanks ... to debut author Gray's escalating silliness." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

School Library Journal
09/01/2015
K-Gr 2—Rhyming animal names with objects is a common early reader theme. There have been plenty of cats on mats and frogs on logs. But a lion on an iron? Apes on grapes? This playful book takes that theme to absurd extremes. The story, such as it is, starts with a cat telling a frog to sit on a log. The frog balks, and the cat explains that this is just how things work. "You're a frog, so you must sit on a log." The conversation flows from there. "'What about puffins?' asked the frog. 'Puffins sit on muffins,' said the cat. 'Puffins sit on muffins, snakes sit on cakes, owls sit on towels.'" At last the frog asks what dogs sit on. The cat responds, "'I was hoping you weren't going to ask that.'" The final page shows the frog being squished by a dog. Rhyming words are slightly larger and darker than the others, and the illustrations are as bright and silly as the text. VERDICT A fun and welcome addition to the world of rhyming animal books.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2015-06-23
Easy-to-read rhyming fun. From the hilarious endpapers, where the frog is cast in many poses, including reading the newspaper while on the toilet, readers know they are in for an irreverent treat. A bossy cat starts the fun with an impertinent, large, white speech bubble: "HEY, FROG!" The cat continues, "Sit on a log!" When the frog tries to avoid the splintery log by sitting on a mat, the cat loftily informs him, "Only cats sit on mats." And that's not the only rule. Hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, and gophers sit on sofas. The silliness escalates with each page turn, almost daring readers to keep a straight face, as when the cat assures the frog that "lions sit on irons and parrots sit on carrots." Snarky cartoon illustrations with bright, saturated, solid-colored backgrounds show a squinty-eyed know-it-all cat and any number of animals sitting on their rhyming objects. A fox (on a box, naturally) holds a magnifying glass over a mess of fleas sitting on peas. New readers will feel confident tackling what at first sight looks like a rather challenging picture book. The clear, guffaw-inducing illustrations and repetition and rhyme give all the support they need for success. Mo Willems fans will find this a perfect challenge, and storytime will never be the same.Impossible to resist. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545687911
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/25/2015
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
201,209
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


Kes Gray is the award-winning author of LEAVE ME ALONE and other books for children. This is his first picture book for Scholastic Press. He uses his childhood memories as inspiration for creating stories. He lives in Essex, England, with his wife and children.

Jim Field is the illustrator of Frog on a Log?. He has illustrated several children's books published in the United Kingdom, including Cats Ahoy!, which won the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He lives with his girlfriend, a grumpy cat, and a great sense of humor in Paris. Visit him online at jimfield.co.uk.

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