Froggy Plays in the Band [NOOK Book]


Here comes Froggy's marching band, led by the one and only Frogilina.  Froggy and his pals are sure they can win the big prize in the Apple Blossom Parade, even though they haven't been playing together very long.  They just need to remember the rules: Don't look left.  Don't look right.  And DON'T STOP FOR ...
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Here comes Froggy's marching band, led by the one and only Frogilina.  Froggy and his pals are sure they can win the big prize in the Apple Blossom Parade, even though they haven't been playing together very long.  They just need to remember the rules: Don't look left.  Don't look right.  And DON'T STOP FOR ANYTHING!  But when Froggy's around ,things never go quite as planned...

Froggy's marching band practices for their debut at the Apple Blossom Parade, hoping to win the big prize.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Froggy and friends' latest adventure, they enter a marching band contest, and Miss Martin's rules are clear: "Don't look left/ Don't look right/ And Don't stop for Anything!" So when they reach the reviewing stand, the obedient hero gets bonked in the head by Frogilina's falling baton in Froggy Plays in the Band by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Here comes Froggy with a brand-new adventure. This addled amphibian has been the star of ten enormously popular stories to date, and this new picture book is certain to join the parade. That's just what Froggy wants to do, when he convinces his music teacher to start a marching band, so they can compete against other schools in the Apple Blossom Parade¾and maybe win a prize. Froggy and his friends take up instruments and practice, practice, practice. Even Frogilina gets in on the act¾she learns to twirl a baton and becomes the band's majorette. Finally, the day of the big parade arrives. And Froggy learns that even when things don't go as planned, if you just march can still be a winner! Charming, full-color illustrations accompany this humorous story for younger readers. 2002, Viking,
— Dianne Ochiltree
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Froggy is back. After reading a sign in school about a marching band contest and a "Big Prize!" he follows the suggestion of the music teacher to start one with his friends and compete against other schools. He remembers his dad's old saxophone in the attic and then he gets: "Max on drums-. Leah on triangle-. Emma on recorder-. And Hannah, her twin, on cymbals-." Frogilina doesn't play an instrument, but she can twirl a baton. The music teacher tells them the rules for marching bands: "Don't look left. Don't look right. And DON'T STOP FOR ANYTHING!" Finally, after three weeks of practicing, the big day arrives. Everyone is looking straight ahead, and not stopping for anything, until Frogilina tosses her baton-and misses-knocking Froggy down right in front of the judges' stand. Remkiewicz's vividly colorful and animated signature illustrations will produce the same results that all Froggy fans enjoy-giggles, laughter, and fun-whether the book is read aloud or independently. However, this is a slightly different protagonist: he's more focused and independent. These added dimensions are particularly evidenced in how he handles this mishap. Froggy is growing up. What a great transition for children to witness, even if he is green.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Like all of London's Froggy stories, this one is a charmer, but it lacks the tempo, funny little asides, and sight gags that percolate through his other adventures. Froggy's latest flap revolves around his participation in a marching-band contest. The story quickly becomes one-note song: "Don't look left. Don't look right. And DON'T STOP FOR ANYTHING!" So that is what Froggy and his pals practice: marching. Not much of a witty story can be built upon that foundation, though London strives hard and Remkiewicz's illustrations keep the atmosphere as endearing as possible. It's the finale that's a particular letdown, with the circumstances too obvious and too forced in their cheeriness, and the artwork failing to capture the scant energy of the text. One of the great pleasures of the Froggy stories is their original approach to life's unavoidable misadventures; another is the comic timing between the illustrations and the incidents being described by the text. Neither one appears with much success-forget about the usual dazzle-in this work. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101653425
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/12/2004
  • Series: Froggy Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 405,935
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

"My ideas for stories come from experience I've had, or from dreams or leap right out of my head - from my ever-active imagination," explains Jonathan London, who burst on the children's book scene in 1992 with the publication of three picture books. Since then he has published more than 20 picture books, including the popular Froggy series and the young adult novel, Where's Home?

"There are worlds of possibility within our own imaginations from which we can create stories that can make someone want to cry or laugh, play a saxophone or make a snowman. This act of writing, for me, is a part of my celebration of life, a way to give back a little for all that I have been given. Kind of thanks."

Jonathan London started writing poetry in his late teens. Although he received a Masters Degree in Social Sciences and never formally studied literature or creative writing, he began to consider himself a "writer" about the time he graduated from college. After college he became a dancer in a modern dance company and worked at numerous low-paying jobs as a laborer or counselor.

However, during this twenty-year period, London continued to write. He wrote poems and short stories for adults, earning next to nothing despite being published in many literary magazines. "It wasn't until I had kids of my own that I became a writer for children," he explains. "It all started with telling them stories when they were very young. I wrote down one of these stories, and it became The Owl Who Became the Moon, my first picture book sale (though it was my fourth to appear in print). Now I am finally making a living as a writer. A dream come true!"

Born a "Navy brat" in Brooklyn, New York, Jonathan was raised on Naval stations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Today he lives with his wife, Maureen, and their two sons, Aaron and Sean, in rural Northern California where they like to backpack in the summer, play in the snow in winter-and dance all year around.

copyright ? 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.
Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated numerous books for children, including the popular Froggy books by Jonathan London (Viking and Puffin). He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Froggy... Band

    This is a great music or band book. I used it to help my class see all the instruments needed to make the songs we hear. We also got to practice marching with our instruments like froggy and his friends do.

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