Last Badge

Last Badge

by George Mcclements
     
 

Samuel Moss is a twelfth-generation scout. He is determined to become part of his family's Album of Scouting Greatness, but there is only one way to do it: he has to earn the elusive Moon Frog Badge. To do so, he has to find the moon frog-a rare amphibian that hibernates for 30 years and only appears at the 12th hour of the 12th night of the 12th month! So

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Samuel Moss is a twelfth-generation scout. He is determined to become part of his family's Album of Scouting Greatness, but there is only one way to do it: he has to earn the elusive Moon Frog Badge. To do so, he has to find the moon frog-a rare amphibian that hibernates for 30 years and only appears at the 12th hour of the 12th night of the 12th month! So Samuel sets off on a funny and action-packed adventure to track down the moon frog. Along the way, he will have to accomplish such feats as hiking in the Screaming Forest; driving out of the city making only right turns; crawling through Booger Cave, and running down Avalanche Hill. Will he be up to the challenge?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Fans of McClements's Jake Gander: Storyville Detective, will welcome this hilarious story about a Grizzly Scout "determined to earn a place in his family's Album of Scouting Greatness" by earning the "ever elusive" Moon Frog Badge. Humorous collage illustrations feature the dogged and knobby-kneed Samuel wearing an official Scout uniform and a resolute grin as he spends long hours in exotic libraries and bookstores to discover the exact location of the Moon Frog, which surfaces only "once every 30 years at the 12th hour of the 10th night of the 8th month." McClements fills the pages with enough details to insure a second and third reading, including a parody of a Scouting Guidebook and a picture of Samuel's numerous badges (e.g., the Old-Lady-Crossing-the-Road Badge). Eventually, Samuel and his father spare no adventure in finding the frog with just hours to count down. They drive out of the city using right turns only, crawl through the nose-shaped Booger Cave, "turn left at the fork in the path" (a literal table fork stuck in the road) and arrive just in time for Samuel to snap a photo of the amazing frog. The frog's collage portrait will not disappoint, and a surprise denouement with a hero who chooses anonymity and the environment over stardom offers a welcome antidote to celebrity culture. Ages 4-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Samuel Moss, a 12th-generation Grizzly Scout, wants to earn his place in his family's Album of Scouting Greatness (you have to be in it to even look at it). He has his badges for ninja training, thermonuclear dynamics, Bigfoot tracking, and a host of others, but now he must earn his Moon Frog badge. The problem is that the Moon Frog hibernates for 30 years, only appearing in the open on the 12th hour of the 10th night of the 8th month. Predictably, his father helps him on his frantic race against time to meet his deadline, allowing the boy to learn a valuable lesson along the way. The mixed-media illustrations border on the busy side, but they are funny, and young readers will warm up to Sam and his quest to become part of his family's legacy.-Lisa Gangemi Kropp, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For 12 generations, the Moss family has maintained an album of Grizzly Scout Greatness. Young Samuel would love to peruse it, but one must be in it to view the great feats of Grizzly Scouts past. So Samuel determines that the best way to get in is to earn the last badge, the only one he has yet to earn, the Moon Frog Badge. To do that, he must provide evidence of the mythic Moon Frog's existence. After months of research, he divines the location and precise date of the Frog's appearance. He snaps a photo, only to have an attack of conscience. What will happen if the world knows the truth about the frog? They'll capture it and study it; it will be miserable. Fear not, it turns out that saving the Moon Frog is the heroic deed every generation has done to enter the pages of the album. Young audiences and independent readers will glory in the sly humor and punny text, not to mention the humor-is-in-the-detail collage illustrations. McClements's sophomore effort is a gem of an environmental intergenerational tale that is sure to please. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786809561
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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