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Scritch scratch scraww plop!
Uniform Title:
Scritch scratch dip clapote! English
First American edition.
New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"Originally published in France in 2002 as Scritch scratch dip clapote!"--Copyright page.
When Jeremy, a young frog who is afraid of the dark, hears a "scritch scratch scraww plop," he and his father investigate the strange noise.


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Every evening the sun sets over the pond. And every evening, Jeremy feels afraid. Dad reads him a story and Mom comes to give him his goodnight hugs and kisses, but once they've left, he begins to hear terrible noises under his bed. Scritch scratch scraww plop. . . . What can it be?

Kitty Crowther was born in Brussels and lives in Wallonia, Belgium. She has created over forty books, many of which have been translated into other languages. In 2010, Crowther won the most prestigious award for children's literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Author Notes

Kitty Crowther: Kitty Crowther was born in Brussels and lives in Wallonia, Belgium. She has created over 40 books, many of which have been translated throughout the world. In 2010, Crowther won the most prestigious award for children's literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Jeremy is a young frog who is afraid of the dark. When the sun sets, he and his parents share a cozy bedtime ritual. But when the lights go out, Jeremy hears "scritch, scratch, scraww, plop!" and heads for his parents' bedroom. At last, Jeremy's dad hears the same thing, and so together father and son go outside to find out where the noise is coming from. Soon, they learn that the "scritch, scratch, scraww, plop!" is caused by other pond inhabitants. Jeremy is no longer afraid of the dark as he and his dad curl up on a lily pad for a good night's sleep with night noises all around. Illustrations, which appear to be colored pencil, provide a soft, cozy atmosphere, successfully presenting a watery world at nighttime. VERDICT Though the idea is not particularly original, this is a fine addition to the canon of books to soothe nighttime fears.-Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

There's no shortage of books about bedtime fears, but Lindgren Award-winner Crowther (Jack and Jim) brings a distinctive, quirky tenderness to this one. Jeremy, a frog who is frightened of the dark, lives in a house with several inches of water on the floor; readers will watch with delight as he and his parents slosh cheerfully through it. Jeremy's parents do not scorn his fears. In fact, they're endlessly patient as they get Jeremy ready for bed and tuck him in: "All right, my little green bundle," his mother murmurs. Alone in the dark, though, Jeremy hears a noise ("scritch scratch scraww plop") and imagines the worst. He crawls into his parents' bed, "But poor Dad can't fall asleep next to the wriggly Jeremy. Exhausted, he... gets into Jeremy's little bed, where he falls right to sleep. But a 'scritch scratch scraww plop' startles him awake." It's a delicious moment-the parent awakened by the same noise that scared the child. The search for its source produces an affectionate resolution, and Crowther's expressive artwork will leave readers eager for more. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Nighttime-averse frog Jeremy hears noises under his bed. When his skeptical dad tries sleeping in Jeremy's bed, he discovers that his son is correct, and the two investigate. This story is purposeful but doesn't skimp on familial affection. A marvelous visual: as would suit any frog family, a few inches of water cover the floors of their cozy, den-like home. (c) Copyright 2016. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

In this French import, a little frog is afraid of nighttime sounds until his parents help him feel safe. Even though his mother and father help him through his bedtime routine, little Jeremy doesn't want to go to bed alone in his room after his father reads to him. He hears the titular noises"scratch scratch scraww plop"and runs to his parents' bedroom. The setting of the anthropomorphic frogs' home has a delightful detail befitting its inhabitants' amphibious nature: the floors are submerged in a small depth of water. This is apparent in the cover art and in illustrations devoted to interior scenes. The first time Jeremy splashes over to his parents' room, Dad brings him back to his bed. (As a side note, textual inconsistency refers to the father as both Dad and Daddy and to the mother as both Mama and Mom). This happens twice more, and on the last time Jeremy crawls into his parents' bed. Now his father can't sleep, and so he goes outside to sleep on a lily pad. Once there, he too hears the sounds that frightened his son. He brings Jeremy out to the lily pad, and there they discover the neighborly sources of these sounds (a mole, a bird, and a fish) before drifting off to sleep, themselves adrift. A sweet treatment of a common theme. (Picture book. 2-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In this tender twist on a bedtime-fears story, Crowther tells the tale of Jeremy, a young frog who has trouble falling asleep. He's perfectly comfortable when his parents are around, but once he's in his bedroom alone, the night noises something going scritch scratch scraww plop' scare him right into his parents' bed. Driven out by his squirmy son, Dad tries to sleep in Jeremy's bed, but he, too, hears the night noises. Dad wakes Jeremy, and together they investigate the source of the sounds, ultimately finding something far more comforting than they anticipated. Originally published in France, this English translation aptly captures the gentle tone of Crowther's heartwarming story. The Belgian illustrator keeps her narrative simple and straightforward, pairing each pages' lines with striking artwork. In childlike scenes rendered in thick pencil strokes and soft colors, Crowther zeros in on Jeremy's universally recognizable fears while also highlighting the warmth and gentleness of his parents' patience and love. Beautifully written and illustrated in an endearingly old-fashioned style, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.--Lock, Anita Copyright 2016 Booklist