FROG TROUBLE by Sandra Boynton

FROG TROUBLE

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 18

KIRKUS REVIEW

For listeners of all ages, Boynton and Michael Ford’s latest CD/songbook combination presents 12 new songs in a country-western mode.

In this grand collection for children and their caregivers, the producers of Philadelphia Chickens (2002) sample styles beyond country music: cowboy, bluegrass and blues, honkytonk and hillbilly rock. The book has three sections: lyrics (or at least the first verse or two), written by Boynton and illustrated with her cartoons; musical notation (melody and chords) and complete words; and performers’ biographies. On the CD, the all-star collection of musicians includes names familiar to fans of the genre. They put these songs over convincingly, although it’s hard to imagine there weren’t some giggles along the way. The tunes, some written in collaboration with keyboardist Ford, are catchy and appealing, the arrangements simple enough to understand the words and the lyrics, which are appropriate for young children. There’s heartbreak, as a bunny bewails how “[t]hey make me clean up my room”; a small boy’s delight in “Trucks”; the dreamy “When Pigs Fly”; and two different versions of the titular “Frog Trouble.” The background percussion for “I’ve Got a Dog” includes The Scotty Brothers playing spoons. “Alligator Stroll” is followed by instructions and diagrams for simple dance steps. Backmatter includes instructions for making a folded-paper frog puppet.

This is children’s music grown-ups won’t mind hearing over and over, no trouble at all. (Songbook/CD. 3 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-7611-7176-8
Page count: 70pp
Publisher: Workman
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2013




OUR CRITICS' TAKES ON MORE BESTSELLERS

See full list >
Cover art for LIVING WITH A WILD GOD
VERDICT:
BUY IT
Cover art for CARNAL CURIOSITY
VERDICT:
SKIP IT
Cover art for THE DEATH OF MONEY
VERDICT:
BORROW IT
Cover art for IN PARADISE
VERDICT:
BORROW IT

MORE BY SANDRA BOYNTON

ChildrenCHRISTMAS PARADE by Sandra Boynton
by Sandra Boynton
ChildrenARE YOU A COW? by Sandra Boynton
by Sandra Boynton
ChildrenTICKLE TIME! by Sandra Boynton
by Sandra Boynton

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenJUMP UP! by Dan Zanes
by Dan Zanes
ChildrenGO! by Daniel Kirk
by Daniel Kirk
ChildrenIT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING by Christine Davenier
by Christine Davenier