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review 2017-04-28 22:40
Short but sweet
I Don't Want to Be a Frog - Dev Petty

I've fallen for Dev Petty and Mike Boldt again. I Don't Want to be a Frog reunites us with our spunky frog friend and his glasses-wearing dad as he continually asserts that he'd rather be anything except a frog. Once again, the humor and illustrations pair together perfectly to tell a fantastic little story about an adolescent amphibian that doesn't feel overly satisfied with his lot in life. (Frogs have to eat bugs after all. Yuck!) Get ready for the end because it's sure to cause howls of laughter with the little people in your life as you read it out loud to them. I could go on and on about how much fun I think this book is but I have to get back to reading. :-P

 

PS This is definitely one for storytime.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-04-11 18:26
I really am my mother's daughter. It's another frog book!
I Don't Want to Be Big - Dev Petty,Mike Boldt

I didn't mean for this to happen but somehow I ended up running across another picture book that prominently features a frog. This one is I Don't Want to be Big by Dev Petty with illustrations by Mike Boldt and much like Frog on a Log? it's part of a series. It was the artistic style which originally drew me to this book but it's the humor that had me taking it along to storytime. This is a fantastic book to read to kids since it deals with that all-important topic: 'growing up'. Our main character is adamant that growing up is the absolute worst and he is determined that he's not going to do it. His father (an adorable frog wearing glasses) tries to convince him of the merits (all in the name of eating his dinner I might add) but the little frog has some pretty convincing arguments. I'd say my one niggling criticism is the way that the speech bubbles tend to overlap on the page which can make it a bit confusing at times (especially when you're doing different character voices). Other than that, it's a solid readaloud book that I highly recommend. 9/10

 

Source: Amazon

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-08-29 23:07
I Don't Want to be a Frog Review
I Don't Want to Be a Frog - Dev Petty

This book is about a little frog who is very unhappy about being a frog. He talks with his dad about other animals he would rather be, and his father repeatedly tells him he can't be those animals because he is a frog. Then, a dog (or wolf) comes along and tells the frog he should be glad he's a frog because he likes to eat all the other animals. The little frog then realizes that he is happy being a frog and not someone else.

I would read this book in my lower level classes. The students could write about all the things they like about themselves, or they could write the frog a letter to persuade him that frogs are, in fact, pretty cool. It could also go with a small science lesson about frogs, since they mention some of the characteristics of a frog.

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text 2016-03-18 17:18
I Don't Want to Be a Frog - Dev Petty

In the classroom, I would use this book to help students realize that they are perfect just how they are. After reading this book, I would get students to draw a self-portrait of themselves. Afterwards, I would get the students to write positive things about themselves all around their self-portrait. When they are finished, I would get the students to volunteer to share their artwork and words. I would use this in a first or second grade classroom. 

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text 2015-10-13 15:40
I don't want to be a frog.
I Don't Want to Be a Frog - Dev Petty

By Dev Petty

Illustrated by Mike Boldt

 

This frog would rather be something cute and warm like a pig or a cat. Being a frog is to wet and slimy. His father will patiently explain once and again why he can't be a bunny... or an owl...

But of course the little frog will find out by himself the advantages of being a frog. For example not being part of some frightening individual's food chain!

 

Funny story with two adorable characters. It is completely written in dialog form, and speech bubbles are used. The pictures are attractive, colorful without being strident. 

 

Age range: 4 to 7 years old.

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