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A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog

A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog

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by Mercer Mayer

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A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp.

They spot a frog in the water.

Can they use a net to catch him?


A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp.

They spot a frog in the water.

Can they use a net to catch him?

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Mercer Mayer, beloved creator of classics like Little Critter and There's a Nightmare in My Closet, brings back his first book starring a rambunctious boy who's out to catch a wily frog.

A wordless picture book originally published in 1967, Mayer's launch into the world of children's books helped him become known as a founder of the wordless style. In it, black-and-white illustrations show a boy and his pooch heading down to the pond to catch a frog, but a series of klutzy moves lands them both in the water and without their croaker. Unfortunately, their many attempts to snag the smiling frog don't work, but after they leave for home, the frog realizes he's a bit lonely. So with a go-get-'em attitude, he hops off to their place, where he joins his new friends in the bath.

Sure to spark kids' imaginations as they think up their own words to go with the pictures, Mayer's A Boy, A Dog and a Frog is an inspired, lighthearted springboard for creative discussions about recognizing actions and feelings. With Mayer's fresh, simple illustrations, this timeless book is sure to give kids plenty to ponder. Matt Warner

Children's Literature
This classic wordless picture book focuses on the adventures of a young boy and his pet dog and their attempts to catch a frog. Dressed in a pair of waders and carrying a pail and net, the young boy, with his dog, march determinedly down to a nearby small pond, where they hope to capture a frog. Unfortunately, when they reach their destination, they quickly discover that it is not going to be an easy task. After two attempts, they angrily give up and head back home. Safely perched upon his rock, the frog watches the pair slowly disappear over the hill and becomes saddened by their departure. He decides to follow the mischievous pair and traces their muddy footprints back to the boy's house, where the twosome is washing up in the bathtub. He surprises them by jumping into the water and joining in the fun. Young children will enjoy flipping through the pages of this small book and retelling their own version of the story over and over again. The delightful black-and-white artwork perfectly captures the innocence of days gone by. Mercer Mayer, a pioneer in the wordless picture book genre, has created a gem for readers of all ages. 2003 (orig.1967), Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 3 to 7.
—Debra Briatico

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog Series
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.33(d)
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Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Prof_McGonagall More than 1 year ago
Mercer Mayor has "written" a series of these wordless books about a boy and a frog. Wordless books are made to be shared and discussed, so I bought this to add to my collection of other wordless books, which I use in my 2cd grade classroom. Without words, literature is not dependent on the adjectives and descriptions found in the text, but can be as complex as the vocabulary of the "reader". This book is easy to follow even for preschoolers and its main message is friendship. I rated it four stars only because wordless books are not for everyone; they are best for sharing so that each "reader" can find details in the illustrations and give their opinion on what is happening and predict what will happen next.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Thru pictures (no words) a child can 'read' a book about a child who goes to the woods to catch a pet frog.