Following the re-release of the first three books in this beloved series, here are the final three classic wordless tales in attractive, low-priced hardcover editions. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, the first book in this series, launched Mercer Mayer's distinguished career over twenty-five years ago, and also helped to create the wordless picture book genre. Full of warmhearted mischief and play, the books express the humorous trials and tribulations of friendship and the joy of summertime discovery. Readers will want to collect the entire set.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I was in college, we reviewed the book "Frog Goes to Dinner" by Mercer Mayer. One of the reasons why this cute wordless book is so useful for kids, is that it allows children to use their imagination and deductive reasoning skills. Children can learn how to understand a story without being told explicitly what is going on. In addition - before children have the ability to read, they are able to peruse a book - and really get it! This gem of a book is easily understandable - but by no means simple. the illustrations are so wonderful - I was able to ask a three year old child what feelings specific charachters were displaying, and he was able to tell me straight out - and they give a wonderful depiction of the hysterical story. There was one issue that I had with this book, and that is that it was poking fun at real damages. For example, one of the highlights of the book is when a musician falls through, and breaks, a drumset. This came across as funny in the book, while in reality, it is anything but! On the whole, a terrific book to share with kids!