Will a sleepless little frog ever catch some zzz’s?
Monty, an anthropomorphic frog, can’t fall asleep and uses direct address to ask readers to help. The frog is worried that if they don’t get enough sleep, Mom won’t let them participate in the boat races at the pond the next day. The event is advertised on a poster in Monty’s bedroom with the legend “THE FROGATTA BOAT RACES.” Suggestions, ostensibly from readers, to count sheep and read books backfire humorously, with energetic, cartoon illustrations depicting imagined ovine chaos and then a terrifying encounter with a pop-up book about sharks. Finally, recalling advice from their teacher, Miss Chon, helps Monty go to their internal “happy place,” do some deep breathing, and calm down until they finally drift off to sleep. The last line thanks readers for keeping Monty company, and a closing, wordless spread depicting the whole family at the boat races could be interpreted as a happy dreamscape or as Monty’s joyful participation in the Frogatta the next day.
A hoppily-ever-after ending for this froggy bedtime book. (Picture book. 3-6)