Easy-to-read rhyming fun.
From the hilarious endpapers, where the frog is cast in many poses, including reading the newspaper while on the toilet, readers know they are in for an irreverent treat. A bossy cat starts the fun with an impertinent, large, white speech bubble: “HEY, FROG!” The cat continues, “Sit on a log!” When the frog tries to avoid the splintery log by sitting on a mat, the cat loftily informs him, “Only cats sit on mats.” And that’s not the only rule. Hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, and gophers sit on sofas. The silliness escalates with each page turn, almost daring readers to keep a straight face, as when the cat assures the frog that “lions sit on irons and parrots sit on carrots.” Snarky cartoon illustrations with bright, saturated, solid-colored backgrounds show a squinty-eyed know-it-all cat and any number of animals sitting on their rhyming objects. A fox (on a box, naturally) holds a magnifying glass over a mess of fleas sitting on peas. New readers will feel confident tackling what at first sight looks like a rather challenging picture book. The clear, guffaw-inducing illustrations and repetition and rhyme give all the support they need for success. Mo Willems fans will find this a perfect challenge, and storytime will never be the same.
Impossible to resist. (Picture book. 3-7)