Green Wilma, Frog in Space

Green Wilma, Frog in Space

by Tedd Arnold
     
 

Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn't notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wilma on board their spaceship while leaving their child, Blooger, behind. Poor Blooger, stuck on the bewildering planet Earth. Poor Wilma, hungry and confused (though also having the ride of her

Overview

Green Wilma is so determined to catch a tasty fly that she doesn't notice a family of galactic visitors to her pond. In a case of mistaken identity, the alien parents beam Wilma on board their spaceship while leaving their child, Blooger, behind. Poor Blooger, stuck on the bewildering planet Earth. Poor Wilma, hungry and confused (though also having the ride of her life!). Will the two be able to switch back in time for supper?

It's a warp-speed comedy sure to please the fans of Tedd Arnold's Geisel Honor-winning Hi! Fly Guy, his beloved Parts books, and especially Green Wilma, which was an IRA-CBC Children's Choice book and a PBS Storytime featured selection.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 1

In perfect rhyme, a pop-eyed frog on a log (Wilma) embarks on her favorite adventure: chasing a plump fly. In hot pursuit, she fails to notice the purple spaceship that lands at her pond. The alien child who drops out of the ship looks a lot like Wilma, only blue. So when Wilma is robotically grabbed and stuffed into a space suit for takeoff, nobody realizes that she's not little Blooger. Her wild enthusiasm for chasing flies is what sets the resolution, and the spaceship, in raucous motion. When Wilma's greenness is discovered, "Robot doctors tried to find out/what the problem was./And only Wilma noticed a/familiar little buzz./She chased it all around the room/and out into the ship./She hopped across the flight controls/and things began to tip." The illustrations explode across the pages with frantic innocence. The only characters that don't look 100 percent sweet are the alien robots. Even the flies are adorable. Onboard, the robot waiter offers cool glasses of pond water while aliens munch Martian bugs that look like large crustaceans. There's a deliciously scary close-up as Wilma is examined by the robot MDs. To say that the pictures complement the text is like declaring that the Sun complements the Earth. Children will adore Wilma .-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Kirkus Reviews
More than 15 years ago, Green Wilma made a splashy, absurdist debut (Green Wilma, 1993), and now Arnold has splendidly resurrected the young frog. The rhymed narration is as light as bubbles-"One morning Wilma woke to hear a buzzing in the sky. / She hopped into the air to catch a tasty little fly"-gently pushing along the story of Wilma's accidental hoisting into an alien spacecraft and her subsequent return-posthaste, after she shoots her tongue at that same fly, which has worked its way aboard with Wilma. In contrast, however, the artwork has wonderful heft and presence. The wealth of panels holds evocative colors: dim in the innards of the spaceship, soft summer light at the frog pond. It is not surprising that there is a high degree of humor, from the bug eyes on the fly to Wilma being mashed into the spacesuit. What gives Wilma a touch of the special is her equanimity; after all, she finds herself in some pretty strange precincts, but she keeps her cool and her focus, even though she never gets the fly. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803726987
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
636,858
Product dimensions:
9.74(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Elmira, New York, Tedd grew up in a family of six with three brothers. His family lived on a farm in Pennsylvania for several years then returned to Elmira until Tedd was ten years old. His father's work then required that they move to Gainesville, Florida. There, Tedd's first art lessons in an abandoned dentist's office over the Happy Hour pool hall eventually led to a fine arts degree from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Carol, started their family in Tallahassee where Tedd worked as a commercial illustrator. Carol, a Kindergarten teacher, drew Tedd's attention to children's books. Their first son, Walter, inspired his breakthrough picture book, No Jumping on the Bed!. His second son, William, now stars in No More Water in the Tub!, a sequel to his first book. He has now published more than 30 books as author and illustrator. When not working on his books, Tedd's interests include tennis, sketching, reading, coin collecting, and the computer.

"The inspiration to begin writing and illustrating for children came from my wife, Carol. As a kindergarten teacher, she collected picture books. I was attracted to their colorful pages and the way the words and pictures played with each other, much like the captioned cartoons I had drawn when I was young.

"Perhaps the biggest surprise of my career as an author is that I'm now going back to elementary school! Visiting young readers in classrooms and libraries is something I love. Kids keep me on my toes and they ask a lot of questions. The number one question seems to be, 'Where do you getyour ideas?' It's also the hardest question to answer because every idea is different. Some ideas seem to pop out of thin air — while I'm in the shower or walking the dog. Others come from reading or research. But most of my ideas come from my family and the things they do and say.

"For instance, one time when my first son, Walter, was five years old, I found him lying on the couch, looking pale as a ghost and clutching a Bible to his chest. He was praying! When I asked what was wrong, he wouldn't answer. In fact, he wouldn't even open his mouth. My wife, Carol, finally coaxed a response from him: he pointed inside his mouth. Carol exclaimed, 'You have a loose tooth!' Walter's eyes nearly popped out with fright. We quickly assured him that it was perfectly okay for his tooth to come loose and that a new one would replace it. But Carol and I looked at each other and realized that despite all our efforts to be good parents, we had somehow completely forgotten to warn Walter that teeth fall out! He had thought he was falling apart! I made a little note in my journal; then ten years later, I expanded that memory into my book Parts."

Tedd Arnold lives in Elmira, New York, with his wife, Carol, two sons, Walter and William, two cats, Cody and Frankie, and one dog, Hershey.

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