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