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Children's LiteratureAs she did in Excuse Me! Kopelke uses humor to teach a lesson in behavior that will be appreciated by all the parents and teachers who are tired of improperly wiped runny noses. Frog and his friends do everything together, including wiping their running noses on their arms. At home Frog's mother suggests that he should use tissue and blow his nose. During their ballet recital, Frog and his friends are in trouble with their sniffles. When Frog remembers the tissues and manages not only to work one into his dance but also to inspire his friends to do the same as they pirouette across the stage. The Dance of the Tissue-Box Fairies becomes the "big finale of every dance recital." Acrylic paints create a quintet of frogs guaranteed to produce gleeful giggles across double pages. Kopelke takes particular creative liberties with their legs, elongating them and exploiting their linear flexibility for expressive and esthetic effects. Eyes are also used for dramatic purposes, emphasizing a lesson that should be remembered. 2004, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz