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Title:
Frog on a log?
Uniform Title:
Oi Frog!
ISBN:
9780545687911
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Frog on a Log? was originally published in the UK by Hodder Children's Books, a division of Hachette Children's Books, under the title Oi Frog!"--Copyright page.
Summary:
In rhyming text, cat explains why frog has to sit on a log, even if he finds it uncomfortable.
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Summary

Summary

"It's very simple, really. Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas, and frogs sit on logs."



Each animal's designated seat rhymes with that animal's name. "It's not about being comfortable," explains the cat. "It's about doing the right thing."



The frog does not want to sit on a log. Doing his best to find an alternative place to sit, the frog asks the cat a litany of questions. For every answer the cat has, the frog has another question--until the frog finds out what dogs sit on!



Peppered with catchy rhymes, FROG ON A LOG? shows young readers that every animal has a special place to sit. With rhymes that are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's beginner books, FROG ON A LOG? is a fun, educational read-aloud story that helps teach phonics!


Author Notes

Kes Gray is the award-winning author of LEAVE ME ALONE and other books for children. This is his first picture book for Scholastic Press. He uses his childhood memories as inspiration for creating stories. He lives in Essex, England, with his wife and children.



Jim Field is the illustrator of Frog on a Log? . He has illustrated several children's books published in the United Kingdom, including Cats Ahoy! , which won the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize. He lives with his girlfriend, a grumpy cat, and a great sense of humor in Paris. Visit him online at jimfield.co.uk.


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Rhyming animal names with objects is a common early reader theme. There have been plenty of cats on mats and frogs on logs. But a lion on an iron? Apes on grapes? This playful book takes that theme to absurd extremes. The story, such as it is, starts with a cat telling a frog to sit on a log. The frog balks, and the cat explains that this is just how things work. "You're a frog, so you must sit on a log." The conversation flows from there. "'What about puffins?' asked the frog. 'Puffins sit on muffins,' said the cat. 'Puffins sit on muffins, snakes sit on cakes, owls sit on towels.'" At last the frog asks what dogs sit on. The cat responds, "'I was hoping you weren't going to ask that.'" The final page shows the frog being squished by a dog. Rhyming words are slightly larger and darker than the others, and the illustrations are as bright and silly as the text. VERDICT A fun and welcome addition to the world of rhyming animal books.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

A frog and cat engage in hilarious conversation about where animals must sit based on what rhymes with their name. Combining tongue twisters and vocabulary, this reads like a modern Dr. Seuss. Creative illustrations focus on animals' facial expressions (a story unto themselves) as they bring the cat's ridiculous commands to life. The book ends with a visual joke sure to delight preschoolers. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

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) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The quizzical frog on the cover, seen in more than 50 outlandish poses on the endpapers, signals fun ahead. On the first page, a bossy cat demands that our hero sit on a log because he is a frog. Unhappy about the discomfort, the frog offers lots of alternatives, only to be rebuffed because each choice is governed by its rhyming companion; cats sit on mats, and it's a chair for the hare. But it's not just the frog that's disgruntled. Fourteen gophers on sofas seem particularly uncomfortable, until we see 20 foxes trying to squeeze into boxes (while below fleas are lining up to sit on peas). The eyes of each animal reflect its emotions, including confusion (seal), annoyance (gorilla), and obliviousness (mole). And their awkward poses are hilarious, particularly mule perched precariously on a stool. The clever and skillful artwork is highlighted by the pure, bright background colors, making this an eye-catcher for groups. Expect lots of laughter especially at the twisty ending and some creative additions. Pair with Jeff Mack's Look! (2015) for more slapstick with captivation illustrations.--Ching, Edie Copyright 2015 Booklist