A Frog in the Bog
February 2007 (paperback)
Simon & Schuster • lllustrations by Joan Rankin
ISBN-10: 1416927271 • ISBN-13: 978-1416927273

Reading level for this book:
9 - 12 years old


It's a counting book. No, it's a cumulative rhyming tale. No, it's a counting book....Wait--it's BOTH. A small, green frog sits in a bog and eats bug after bug.  From one tiny tick to five slimy snails he gulps them all down. And with each slithering helping, "The frog gets a little bit bigger!" But is that log really a log after all? Frog is in for a big surprise, and he might not be able to keep his supper down! The illustrations are amazingly descriptive and colorful. What's grosser than gross? This book. But c'mon. Kids love gross!

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“Wilson's (Bear Snores On) blend of early learning concepts, humor and wordplay make for a jaunty read-aloud. Rankin's (Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats) sassy, intricately composed watercolors feature variegated, saturated backgrounds that often look appropriately bog-spattered and sun-dried (even, sometimes, tie-dyed). Throughout, various insects and the frog himself are more crisply rendered, allowing readers to appreciate their comic expressions.” –Publishers Weekly reviewing Frog in the Bog.

"This gastronomic adventure is told in catchy rhyming verse, complemented by soft, dreamy watercolors that perfectly re-create the bog. The illustrations are enhanced by humorous details... Reminiscent of "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly," this quirky counting book makes a fine companion to similar titles such as Marilyn Singer's Quiet Night (Clarion, 2002) and Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Philomel, 1969)." –School Library Journal reviewing Frog in the Bog.

"The appropriately folksy text is nicely complemented by pale, splashy watercolors that evoke the swampy setting perfectly. Frog, fleas, flies, and the other "meals" learn a gentle lesson-the smallest ones stay away from the frog, who therefore stays small enough himself that the gator won't pay him any attention. Since the counting only goes up and down to five and everyone is safe at the end, this is especially suitable for the youngest beginning counters." –Kirkus Reviews reviewing Frog in the Bog.

"With rhyme schemes that tickle your tongue and Rankin's silly watercolor illustrations, kids will surely snicker over this frog's tummy-turning situation."
–Barnes and Noble reviewing Frog in the Bog.

“You may already know an old lady who swallowed a fly, but you're about to meet her chief competition:"a frog on the log in the middle of the bog." Author Karma Wilson teams up with illustrator Joan Rankin in a delightfully bouncy, rhythmic jaunt through the culinary exploits of said frog."  "Highly recommended!"
–Amazon.com reviewing Frog in the Bog.

"If  it was slimy, my son adored it. And the slippery creatures in this read-aloud tale certainly fit the bill."
–Parenting Magazine reviewing Frog in the Bog in the Sept. 2003 Issue.

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