The Frog Principal

The Frog Principal

by Stephanie Calmenson, Denise Brunkus
     
 
When Marty Q. Marvel the magician accidentally turns Mr. Bundy into a frog, the students of P.S. 88 don't know what to do! It's not always easy having a slimy, green-skinned amphibian for a principal. Even worse, Mr. Bundy has started playing leapfrog, swimming in the kindergarten sink, and eating students' fly collections. Will he ever be his old self again?

Overview

When Marty Q. Marvel the magician accidentally turns Mr. Bundy into a frog, the students of P.S. 88 don't know what to do! It's not always easy having a slimy, green-skinned amphibian for a principal. Even worse, Mr. Bundy has started playing leapfrog, swimming in the kindergarten sink, and eating students' fly collections. Will he ever be his old self again?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A not-too-skilful magician turns Mr. Bundy, "the best principal in town," into a frog in this fun-filled variation on the tale of the enchanted frog prince. When he rescues their ball from a pond, the students must fulfill their promise to let him be their frog principal. He displays some zany behavior in this role, to the amazement of the kids, until he returns to his normal form, or almost. Lively watercolor and colored pencil illustrations depict a group of kids being their real, in-school selves, while the anthropomorphic frog has a great time. The scene where the kids make their promise while creating negative magic with crossed fingers and sneaky looks is a classic. 2001, Scholastic, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Teachers and students all agree that Mr. Bundy is the best principal that a school could ever have. He thinks a special magic show would be a nice addition to an upcoming assembly and he finds just the right magician. However, in a brief demonstration of some educational tricks, Marty Q. Marvel accidentally turns Mr. Bundy into a frog and can't remember how to restore him to his former self. The creature takes a few leaps to a nearby pond and finds it delightful, especially the flies that are buzzing around-very tasty. When a student hits a baseball into the water and he and a couple of his buddies come to retrieve it, Mr. Bundy makes them a deal: he'll get their ball if he can be principal. They are quite surprised that the frog can talk-and how can it be their principal? Crossing their fingers, the kids make the promise and then race off with their ball. In the end, all is set to rights, and the last picture provides a surprise and a giggle. Calmenson's version of "The Frog Prince" takes many liberties with the original tale, adding quirky humor and delightful situations. Brunkus's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations accentuate the hilarity of this spoof on the traditional fairy tale. Read aloud or alone, this book is sure to get its share of chuckles.-Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Even though I'm small, green and slimy, I can still be a good principal, can't I?" So hopes P.S. 88's responsible, much-loved Mr. Bundy, afflicted by a bumbling magician's spell in this ribbit-tickling companion to "The Principal's New Clothes "(1989). Calmenson sticks to the original folktale's broad outlines: Bundy offers to fetch a baseball from the pond if his stunned students will accept him as the substitute Principal while the real Mr. Bundy is "away," and though they make their promise with fingers crossed, they're forced to stick to their bargain. Brunkus endows both him and his young charges with a lively range of expressions and postures before, during, and (finally) after his transformation. Even on four legs, Bundy is the very model of a benevolent father figure, spending more time in halls and classrooms than in the office. But when he finally regains his old, dapper-no Captain Underpants he-shape not by being thrown against the wall, or, as in sappy modern versions, being kissed, but by taking a baseball on the noggin, students and teachers welcome him back joyfully. Lucky is the school with a Principal like Mr. Bundy. "(Picture book. 6-8)"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590370707
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.08(d)
Lexile:
230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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