Monday the Bullfrog: A Huggable Puppet Concept Book About the Days of the Week

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A puppet, a huggable toy, a pre-school concept book MONDAY THE BULLFROG in a newly designed cuddly edition!

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Overview

A puppet, a huggable toy, a pre-school concept book MONDAY THE BULLFROG in a newly designed cuddly edition!

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This cute, interactive book features a hungry bullfrog puppet who, when slipped onto a tiny hand, can open wide for his next meal. But what will it be? The colorful board book offers possibilities for every day of the week, teaching concepts about colors, textures, critters, and time. So much fun, kids will want do-overs.
Publishers Weekly
Youngsters will leap to lift the pages of Monday the Bullfrog, the plush toy whose mouth houses the sturdy pages of the text by Matthew Van Fleet. Rounded to act as layers of Monday's tongue, the pages detail what the amphibian eats each day of the week. A stuffed butterfly's wing (for Sunday) and crab's claw (Tuesday's menu) are among the plush clues that protrude from the pages. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This book-puppet-toy is in the tradition of nursery rhymes with a thread of unpleasantness or even violence. It is indeed true that bullfrogs will eat anything that fits into their mouth, and plush, colorful Monday the Bullfrog has a big appetite. Each day of the week, whatever Monday eats is written on his heavy board tongue and crafted out of puffy fabric—butterfly, mouse, crab, caterpillar, firefly, and fish. On Saturday "he wanted something sweet, so Monday ate YOU" and his tongue turns into a mirror. The design of the book is clever and could lead to fun, silly interactions between reader and small child. However, naming the bullfrog Monday in a book featuring the days of the week is confusing, and it is disconcerting to have all the various insects and animals smiling gleefully as they are being eaten. 2006, Simon & Schuster, Ages 1 to 2.
—Karen Leggett
Kirkus Reviews
You can always tell when the cooks have added a special touch of TLC to a recipe. In this case, a could-have-been standard cumulative tale of a fatherly farmer collecting apples and baking a pie is made extraordinary by its fine folk art/folksong sensibilities, its particularly appetizing apple-pie palette of crusty golden-brown, buttery cream, apple-red and cast-iron black and by the artist's inspired use of line. Bean's art, which he acknowledges is "strongly influenced by the work of Virginia Lee Burton and Wanda Gag," is a lively and life-full song of its own, an organic and curvilinear concoction in which circles of visual narrative build upon each other just as Thompson's toothsome text builds upon itself, until readers are cuddled up in a homespun, apple-shaped embrace. Thompson again proves herself a master of mixing up a treat-warm, sweet and satisfying; Bean, who explains his multi-step creative process in a note, is someone to watch. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442409583
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 20
  • Sales rank: 291,758
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 6.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Van Fleet

Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for almost twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog as well as the New York Times bestsellers Cat, Heads, and Alphabet. His books have sold more than three million copies. He lives with his family in New York state.

Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for almost twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog as well as the New York Times bestsellers Cat, Heads, and Alphabet. His books have sold more than three million copies. He lives with his family in New York state.

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