Kindergarten-Grade 2-A hungry amphibian eats his way through Ravenous Gulch and is pursued by all of the townspeople. Walton creates suspense by a clever use of vocabulary and layout. Most double-page spreads end with a verb in bold print that changes its meaning on the following page. For example, readers would expect the frog to have fled the scene after reading, "Bullfrog dashed-," but the completion of the sentence on the following page-"-the watermelon to the ground" proves differently. Illustrations are contained within bright, bold, desert-hued squares surrounded by white margins. The comical Bullfrog is seen running off with a large watermelon and again as he is cornered against an apple tree trunk. Typeface for the text is made up of unusual curlicues on most every letter with an uneven baseline that could make reading difficult for new readers but adds to the sense of rapid movement through the story. Supplemental fare.
Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Some amusing plays on words, and a keen device for keeping little hands turning pages doesn't quite succeed in this picture book from Walton (So Many Bunnies, 1998, etc.). Bullfrog heads for Ravenous Gulch, and he sure is hungry when he gets there. He swipes a pizza from Starvin' Marvin, picks a watermelon, steals bread from a bakery, takes apples from a tree, and finally ends up in Ravenous Gulch's Fine Groceries, Fine Dining, and Fine Art Emporium where he eats everything in sight with such enthusiasm that he knocks the pictures from the walls. Bullfrog finds salvation, though, when the townsfolk realize they have a contender for the County Super Eater Contest. Most pages end with a word in boldface; its meaning changes with the turn of the page, e.g., the bullfrog ``bolts'' on one page, implying that he's hopping away, but the next page reveals that what he bolts is ``the door shut.'' The action appears on square paintings offset by white borders and full of skewed perspectives. The images combined with the squiggly, hard-to-decipher typeface will make this hard on newer readers, but they might appreciate the language: ``Stop eatin' my apples, you canyon-mouthed fruit catcher!'' (Picture book. 6-9) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description