A red-eyed tree frog is on the hunt for something new to eat.
Little Tree Dude (“Dude” for short) is perched atop branches looking for his next meal. All those worms that he has been eating are too boring. (Alas, the illustrations show an inchworm, which isn’t technically a worm.) He wants something crunchy and tasty. With a hop and a plop, he jumps to where a monkey is eating lunch. The banana looks delicious, so he takes a big bite. “Too mushy! Too sweet! And there’s no crunch to munch!” (Young readers are bound to enjoy the sight of Dude spitting that mouthful out with no concern for manners.) He also tries berries and nuts, but nothing satisfies his craving. Until he hears a buzzing: “Zip-zipping and flipping, a dark spot zooms by. / The sound is appealing. He thinks he knows why.” His long, sticky tongue snaps out and finally catches a tasty treat—a fly! Ward’s mottled little frog, made in a watercolor and crayon resist technique, is as snappy as the text, hopping and flipping all over the page. One clunky misstep (“a deep no-food rut”) stalls the rhythmic momentum, but it does match the frustration the frog is feeling at the time. A quick list of “Frog Facts” closes the book.
A tad slight on science but full of pep. (Picture book. 3-6)