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Crunchy, not sweet
Milwaukee, WI : KWiL Publishing, [2019]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 22 cm
A tree frog searches for a snack that is crunchy but not sweet. Join Little Tree Dude as he swings his way through the rain forest in search of a frog treat.-- Provided by Publisher.


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JP Ward

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What does an adventurous, red-eyed tree frog do when he suddenly finds his diet of squishy, mushy worms BORING? He sets off exploring! Not afraid to try new foods, Little Tree Dude tastes a banana (too mushy!), a berry (too sweet!), and even a nut (no way to crack it!). What will this famished frog find to eat? "Zipping and flipping a dark spot zooms by..." What is it? Something crunchy, not sweet, and the perfect frog treat.

With a nod to concepts such as "diet" and "carnivore/herbivore" and a short glossary of "Frog Facts," Crunchy, Not Sweet is a STEM-themed book for the youngest of readers. It can also be used to encourage the pickiest of eaters to try new foods--just like Little Tree Dude. But mostly, Crunchy, Not Sweet is the kind of picture book that kids will ask to read again and again...and again!

Vibrant colors, sing-song rhyme, and fabulously funny frog faces will leave readers captivated by Little Tree Dude's taste-testing adventure through the rainforest.

Author Notes

Amy Ward is a published author/illustrator and art teacher. Her illustrations pair digital collage with crayon-resist watercolor papers that she creates in her art studio. She also works with photographed textures from vintage clothing, papers, and architecture. When she is not drawing or teaching, you can find her biking, decorating, or playing a mean game of Pickleball with her family of boys in Illinois. Crunchy, Not Sweet is her debut picture book.

Reviews 1

Kirkus Review

A red-eyed tree frog is on the hunt for something new to eat.Little Tree Dude ("Dude" for short) is perched atop branches looking for his next meal. All those worms that he has been eating are too boring. (Alas, the illustrations show an inchworm, which isn't technically a worm.) He wants something crunchy and tasty. With a hop and a plop, he jumps to where a monkey is eating lunch. The banana looks delicious, so he takes a big bite. "Too mushy! Too sweet! And there's no crunch to munch!" (Young readers are bound to enjoy the sight of Dude spitting that mouthful out with no concern for manners.) He also tries berries and nuts, but nothing satisfies his craving. Until he hears a buzzing: "Zip-zipping and flipping, a dark spot zooms by. / The sound is appealing. He thinks he knows why." His long, sticky tongue snaps out and finally catches a tasty treata fly! Ward's mottled little frog, made in a watercolor and crayon resist technique, is as snappy as the text, hopping and flipping all over the page. One clunky misstep ("a deep no-food rut") stalls the rhythmic momentum, but it does match the frustration the frog is feeling at the time. A quick list of "Frog Facts" closes the book.A tad slight on science but full of pep. (Picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.