A boisterous concept book offers opportunity for wordplay, vocabulary-building, and audience participation.
When it’s froggy, it’s just froggy everywhere! A weather announcement introduces the primary wordplay concept: It’s just “froggy” today. A tour through the town bears witness to what happens when greatly enthusiastic, anthropomorphic frogs overrun the streets, bus, park, shops, construction sites, and more. Bright, warm applications of blue, yellow, and green along with round, simplified faces and cartoony frogs invite young eyes to the page. Reds, browns, and blues are added to balance the truly busy and “froggy” nature of some full spreads. Layered silhouettes bring depth to some spreads. The printed text meanders or tucks itself into negative space, with “frog” or “froggy” printed in boldface to stand out. Working on the premise that repetition is a building block for learning, the persistent frogs urge readers to hop from page to page. Each scene offers a chance to point out new and unfamiliar vocabulary along with chances to make a honking boat sound or perhaps count the number of frogs that can fit into a teacher’s hair (at least three). The majority of the unnamed characters are white and fairly slender, with no visible disabilities. Thin on plot and thick with frogs, this book would pair well with an old favorite like Deborah Bruss and Tiphanie Beeke’s Book! Book! Book! or David Shannon’s Duck on a Bike (both 2001).
A picture book true to its name. (Picture book. 3-5)