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THE BIGGEST FROG IN AUSTRALIA by Susan L. Roth

THE BIGGEST FROG IN AUSTRALIA

By Susan L. Roth (Author) , Susan L. Roth (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80490-3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 Roth (Creak, Thump, Bonk!, 1995, etc.) achieves startling collage images that beautifully enhance a comic Australian folktale. The frog, a huge red monstrosity that is never pictured in his entirety, drinks up all the water (rendered by a marbling effect), and the other animals must think of ways to make him laugh so the water will spill from his mouth. Kookaburra tells a lame joke, Kangaroo does jumping tricks, and Koala waddles ridiculously to no avail. Only an eel has the right stuff, with the wished-for results. The colors, textures, and layout of the illustrations place readers smack-dab in the Australian outback. There are other stories about Tiddalik the frog--Roth mentions her inspiration in an author's note, and also provides a glossary--but this one casts a very long spell. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)