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A Frog in the Bog

A Frog in the Bog

4.8 4
by Karma Wilson, Joan Rankin (Illustrator)

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There's a small, hungry frog
sitting on the log
in the middle of the bog.

He flicks ONE tick off a stick.
He sees TWO fleas in the reeds.
He spies THREE flies buzzing in the skies.

The frog is feeling pretty fine, but then...
the log in the middle of the bog starts to rise....
What a surprise!


There's a small, hungry frog
sitting on the log
in the middle of the bog.

He flicks ONE tick off a stick.
He sees TWO fleas in the reeds.
He spies THREE flies buzzing in the skies.

The frog is feeling pretty fine, but then...
the log in the middle of the bog starts to rise....
What a surprise!

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
Bear Snores On author Karma Wilson teams with illustrator Joan Rankin to serve up this tasty morsel of a picture book about a frog and his appetite gone awry.

When "a frog on the log in the middle of a bog" spots a solitary tick, he gulps it up and happily "grows a little bit bigger...." The hungry croaker's belly isn't satiated, though, and after he slurps "TWO fleas as they leap through the reeds," "THREE flies as they buzz through the skies," and more unsuspecting insects, the frog's stomach has grown to mammoth proportions. But when the frog's seat "starts to rise...and the frog sees eyes!," a big "GATOR!" scream lets all the insects scurry out of his mouth, leaving the poor critter "right in the middle of his holler...a whole lot smaller" and bugs leery of going near him again.

With rhyme schemes that tickle your tongue and Rankin's silly watercolor illustrations, kids will surely snicker over this frog's tummy-turning situation. Hilarious scenes of the bugs crowded inside the frog's belly, their eventual escape to freedom, and plenty of slyly placed extras (like a line of flies at the "flyrodrome") are on target for rip-roaring storytellings and other times when readers need a pick-me-up. A boggy delight to tickle your funny bone. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
This rhyming picture book about an amphibian with a big appetite has as much bounce as its titular character's spring-action legs. The "small, green frog/ on a half-sunk log/ in the middle of a bog" has, apparently, an expandable belly that can keep up with his big eyes and quick tongue. He rapidly ingests "one tick/ as it creeps up a stick," "two fleas/ as they leap through the reeds," and so on, until his wildly bulging form comes to the attention of an alligator-whom the frog had mistaken for the half-sunk log. After a dramatic splash, all the creatures involved get their just deserts. Wilson's (Bear Snores On) blend of early learning concepts, humor and wordplay make for a jaunty read-aloud. Rankin's (Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats) sassy, intricately composed watercolors feature variegated, saturated backgrounds that often look appropriately bog-spattered and sun-dried (even, sometimes, tie-dyed). Throughout, various insects and the frog himself are more crisply rendered, allowing readers to appreciate their comic expressions. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A new addition to the genre that includes stories like "Wide Mouth Frog" and "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly," this book uses repetition and counting in a way that is predictable and ordinary. The frog eats one tick then two flies and three flies and so on. In the end all are freed when the frog is scared by a large 'gator and the lunch menu is able to escape. Not for the squeamish, educators and librarians will quickly realize that in these pages creatures are eating other creatures. Additional readability issues arise. The rhythm is catchy and suggests at times that the text should be sung aloud or presented with some activity. Font changes and parentheses also call for audience participation but no directions are given. The artwork is lush and provocative. For such a picture-dependent story the illustrations often seem misplaced. Useful for story time. 2003, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division,
— Elizabeth Colbroth
School Library Journal
PreS-This imaginative counting book will keep children laughing as a little frog eats his way through a variety of swamp delicacies, including "ONE tick," "TWO fleas," "THREE flies (Oh, my!)," "FOUR slugs," and "FIVE snails." Upon consuming each snack, "the frog grows a little bit bigger." After he has reached massive proportions, he is suddenly startled when the log he has been resting on develops a pair of yellow eyes and wide jaws. He screams "Gator!" opening his own mouth so wide that the creatures he has eaten are able to escape from his crowded stomach. The countdown is from five to one as the frog shrinks back to his normal size. Happily, the gator loses interest and swims away, because "the itty-bitty frog/isn't big enough to chomp." This gastronomic adventure is told in catchy rhyming verse, complemented by soft, dreamy watercolors that perfectly re-create the bog. The illustrations are enhanced by humorous details, including a flea circus set up in the background, the frog's jaunty sun hat, and the expressive faces of the swamp creatures crammed into the frog's belly. Reminiscent of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this quirky counting book makes a fine companion to similar titles such as Marilyn Singer's Quiet Night (Clarion, 2002) and Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel, 1969).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A simple counting rhyme relates the tale of a frog who eats his way through the bog: one tick, two fleas, three flies, and so on. Eventually, he gets so fat that the "log" upon which he sits takes notice and reveals itself to be a hungry alligator. The frog's panicked scream allows the contents of his tummy to escape, and out they come, from five snails, to four slugs, back down to the one tiny tick. The appropriately folksy text is nicely complemented by pale, splashy watercolors that evoke the swampy setting perfectly. Frog, fleas, flies, and the other "meals" learn a gentle lesson-the smallest ones stay away from the frog, who therefore stays small enough himself that the gator won't pay him any attention. Since the counting only goes up and down to five and everyone is safe at the end, this is especially suitable for the youngest beginning counters. (Picture book. 3-6)
From the Publisher
"The tautly told tale, dramatic surprise, and appropriate comeuppance for the protagonist will delight young listeners."
Horn Book Guide

"Wilson's bouncy, humorous verses mesh well with Rankin's cartoonlike, watercolor illustrations, which fairly teem with visual asides."

"This imaginative counting book will keep children laughing...."
School Library Journal

"Wilson's blend of early learning concepts, humor, and wordplay make for a jaunty read-aloud."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product Details

Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Karma Wilson is the bestselling author of several picture books for Simon & Schuster, including the Bear Books series and Where Is Home, Little Pip? Karma lives in Montana.

Joan Rankin has illustrated more than twenty-five books for children. She received the South African HAUM Dann Retief Prize for Children’s Book Illustration in 1986 and the Katrina Harris Award for Children’s Book Illustration in 1991. Books she has illustrated include A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson and Off to First Grade by Louise Borden. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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A Frog in the Bog 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Alliesopinions More than 1 year ago
What an adorable story! My son loves the rhyming and counting all the different bog critters that the frog ingests. The illustrations are cute and match the story line. This is always great for littles. They love to see the story come alive in picture’s as it’s being read. My son loves frogs and gator’s so combining the two into one story was great. Add the rhyme and …well it’s a winner winner chicken dinner. I enjoyed how the story does have moral’s to it. It was subtle but still there. All in all, great story for littles. To see my full review, check out my blog AlliesOpinions on Wordpress!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because my child loves frogs, as I do. It is very well written and explains the gluttonous eating habits of a not-too-smart frog thru a series of rhymes. It teaches a child that just because you CAN eat it, should you? Also the trouble that one can get into if one is too stuffed to move quickly.