FROGGY'S WORST PLAYDATE by Jonathan London

FROGGY'S WORST PLAYDATE

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Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fans expect a flop flop flop in every Froggy adventure, but in this latest work, Froggy’s emotions flip-flop more than his webbed feet ever do.

Froggy wakes up, excited to start the weekend by going outside to play. But none of his friends are home. Luckily, his mom has a solution: She has set up a play date with Frogilina. Froggy’s reaction? “I’M NOT GOING!” Froggy slams the door—“BLAM!”—wails on his saxophone (“SQUAAAAAAWK”) and throws a ball against the wall (“thump thump thump”) to release some anger. But then he realizes that he does want to see the movie, even if Frogilina has to come along. He snaps on his favorite bowtie, slaps on some of Dad’s aftershave (Froggy’s true feelings come out) and heads to the theater. Froggy, of course, can’t sit still for an entire movie, and somehow Frogilina manages yet again to give him a great big smooch on the cheek. EEEWWW. London deals with a classic young-child dilemma—wrestling with the embarrassment of having a crush—with sympathetic humor. A post-movie visit to an ice-cream stand feels more tacked on to provide additional sound-effect opportunities than derived organically from the story, alas.

Not the most smoothly transitioned of Froggy fare, but endearing nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-670-01427-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2013




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