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Louis's Scottish uncle brings him the birthday gift of a tadpole, plucked right out of Loch Ness. But it soon becomes clear that this "tadpole" is not turning into an ordinary frog! It'll take a little help from friends and a lot of ingenuity to feed and shelter this unusual, ever-growing pet.

The Mysterious Tadpole, with its giddy mix of fantasy, adventure, and high humor, is one of Steven Kellogg's most popular books. It was an ALA Notable, ...
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Overview

Louis's Scottish uncle brings him the birthday gift of a tadpole, plucked right out of Loch Ness. But it soon becomes clear that this "tadpole" is not turning into an ordinary frog! It'll take a little help from friends and a lot of ingenuity to feed and shelter this unusual, ever-growing pet.

The Mysterious Tadpole, with its giddy mix of fantasy, adventure, and high humor, is one of Steven Kellogg's most popular books. It was an ALA Notable, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and won the Irma Simonton Black Award. For its anniversary, Steven has reworked aspects of the story and has created entirely new artwork in the bright, bold colors that weren't reproducible twenty-five years ago. He discusses why he wanted to revise the book in a lively author's note.

It soon becomes clear that Louis's pet tadpole is not turning into an ordinary frog.

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Louis gets the gift that keeps on giving or growing, rather. The story about a boy and his burgeoning birthday present returns in a 25th-anniversary edition featuring revised text and full-color illustrations. Ages 4-up. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140548709
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1992
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Kellogg is the creator of more than 100 children's books.
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  • Posted July 23, 2013

    The BEST!

    My grown children's favorite book when they were learning to read. Such a fun story. Glad to see it back in print.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    My grandkids love Louis and Alphonse as much as their mom did!!

    My daughter and I loved the original version of The Mysterious Tadpole and while on a trip to France found it on a friend's bookshelf in French. We practiced our French with Louis and Alphonse. My daughter's children and I discovered the 25th Anniversary Edition on a visit to the library. The 3 year year old almost has it memorized. It's as much fun reading it today as it was 20 years ago and the new illustrations are delightful!

    Steven Kellogg is our favorite writer/illustrator! The original version of this book started the love affair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    This is a great story for all kids of all ages

    I highly recommend this book!

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