What a Party!

What a Party!

by Sandy Asher, Keith Graves
     
 

It's Grandpa's birthday, and Froggie can't wait to give him his present. But first he has to make the costume . . . and build the stage . . . and create the programs . . . then, it's finally time to sing his song! What a performance! What a party! But then it's all over, only Froggie wishes it weren't. He's been waiting for this day for so long—how can it end

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Overview

It's Grandpa's birthday, and Froggie can't wait to give him his present. But first he has to make the costume . . . and build the stage . . . and create the programs . . . then, it's finally time to sing his song! What a performance! What a party! But then it's all over, only Froggie wishes it weren't. He's been waiting for this day for so long—how can it end so quickly?

From the team who brought us the wildly popular Too Many Frogs! comes this simple story all children will recognize about the buildup and letdown of a big day—and the surprising things that comfort us when all the excitement is over.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1
Froggie stands in for the quintessential overexcited child in this companion to Too Many Frogs! (Philomel, 2005). He loves sleeping in his own special hut by the pond, but on his grandfather's birthday, he eagerly wakes up and heads for the celebration. He quickly makes a costume, a stage, and programs so that he can give his present to Grandpa-a performance of his favorite song. When the party ends, Froggie doesn't want to leave. His friend Rabbit plays the part of the patient parent, taking him home and reading him a story. Finally settling down, he reminisces about his wonderful day. The colorful multimedia illustrations range from full-bleed spreads to spot art, which adds movement and visual interest to the pages. While the spotted frogs are appealing, Rabbit, who is blue and rather odd looking with an elongated forehead and fluffy white mustache, is a bit off-putting. Nevertheless, youngsters will empathize with Froggie's feelings. The fact that Froggie, who seems so clearly to be a preschooler, apparently lives alone is a bit jarring. However, the rhythmic, repetitive refrain of his song will work well for audience participation, and both intergenerational and birthday stories are always in demand.
—Amy Lilien-HarperCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Young Froggie has such fantastic experiences at Grandpa's birthday party that he doesn't want it to end. Waking up in the morning with the adrenalin pumping, Froggie dashes out to where his populous family (first introduced in Too Many Frogs!, 2005) is already setting out food and decorations, and after whipping up a costume and an entire stage, belts out his favorite wordless song for Grandpa and other appreciative listeners. Graves fills the woodsy setting with blobby green frogs in purple party hats, adding an eager-and then mutinous-looking youngster in a bright yellow costume that resembles oversized pajamas. Eventually, Froggie crashes, surrendering to the temptation of a bedtime story from old Rabbit. Parents should find the whole scenario entirely familiar. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399244964
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Sandy Asher lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Keith Graves lives in Austin, Texas.

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