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Beware of the frog, William Bee

Label
Beware of the frog
Title
Beware of the frog
Statement of responsibility
William Bee
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sweet old Mrs. Collywobbles lives on the edge of a big, dark, scary wood, but has a pet frog to protect her from greedy goblins, smelly trolls, and hungry ogres
Tone
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2009
Review
  • Gr 1–4— This is a quirky story in which an old woman who lives alone at the edge of a dark, scary wood is protected by her pet frog. The creature easily handles any danger by swallowing each potential evildoer whole. The first villain to meet his fate is Greedy Goblin, followed by Smelly Troll, and finally Giant Hungry Ogre. As each bad guy nears Mrs. Collywobbles's house, he recites a rhyme themed around his distinct characteristics. "Nickerty-noo, nickerty-noo,/if I get a chance,/I'll steal from you," sings Greedy Goblin. The tale ends with a wicked twist. The narration and illustrations are joined tightly together. The text describes the scene in the pictures, pointing out specific things to notice. "Look! There is little Mrs. Collywobbles, hiding in her bathroom." The pen-and-ink and Macintosh artwork statically captures the "action" and creatively portrays each character. As he gobbles each villain, the frog sits passively with the feet, tail, and clothes of his victim hanging out of his mouth. Bright, flat colors contrast sharply against the white background. Stylized flowers and leaves give the pictures a 1960s look. The odd deadpan humor will not appeal to every child, but older readers and literature students will appreciate the irony of this almost fairy tale.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH --Carolyn Janssen (Reviewed July 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 7, p66)
  • Joining the rapidly swelling ranks of seemingly innocuous tales for younglings in which main characters are suddenly killed off, this charming outing stars sweet little old Mrs. Collywobbles and the small attack frog that guards her doorstep. The doorstep needs guarding too, as out of the adjacent "big, dark, scary wood" shamble a Greedy Goblin ("Nickerty-noo, nickerty-noo, / if I get a chance / I'll steal from you…"), a Smelly Troll and a Giant Hungry Ogre in succession. All meet the same fate, depicted on spreads with the single word "GOBBLE" and a view of the frog with various disconnected body parts hanging out of its mouth. Mrs. Collywobbles rewards the frog with a transformative kiss—which sets the stage for a final bit of snacking. Set in a mottled, woodsy landscape filled with stylized flowers and leaves, and populated with creatures more ugly than scary-looking, the episode fits neatly among the equally unsettling likes of Jeanne Willis's Tadpole's Promise (2005), illustrated by Tony Ross, and Kara LaReau's Ugly Fish (2006), illustrated by Scott Magoon. (Picture book. 6-8) (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
266407
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bee, William
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.B38197
LC item number
Bew 2008
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frogs
  • Monsters
  • Old age
Target audience
preschool
Label
Beware of the frog, William Bee
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
21 x 23 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
1 v.
Isbn
9780763639204
Lccn
2007040401
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)166388024
Label
Beware of the frog, William Bee
Publication
Dimensions
21 x 23 cm.
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
1 v.
Isbn
9780763639204
Lccn
2007040401
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)166388024

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