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Bullfrog Pops! [Paperback]

Rick Walton , Chris McAllister
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Sept. 1 2005
Last seen hopping a stage . . . (coach) and finding his hop in Once There was a Bull . . . (frog), our hero is now on an eye-popping eating binge trying to cure his insatiable appetite. Woven through the western town of Ravenous Gulch, the story leaves a cast of many hopping mad. However, just as things look bleak, transitive and intransitive verbs turn the tables and take Bullfrog on another adventure. Part of Rick Walton's tremendously successful Language Arts series.

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From School Library Journal

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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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Format:Hardcover
Living in the old western town of Ravenous Gulch, Bullfrog gets hungry (very, very hungry!) and goest on an eating binge that leaves a lot of people very upset with him! As Bullfrog's appetite and waistline expand he makes a mess of the town. The townsfolk call upon the sheriff who decides to take matters in hand. Chris McAllister's artwork is a perfect complement to each page in Rick Walton's novel and highly recommended little tale, and the pages end as a cliff hangers with a radically different meaning shown on the next page.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump at the opportunity to read this book aloud! Oct. 21 1999
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Format:Hardcover
I am a children's storyteller, at my last reading, the children chose this book because of the front cover, and loved it all the way through the back cover. The Illustrations command a smile, and the story is great to perform (imitate a bullfrog if you can, kids love it!) this is my favorite of Rick Walton's books. The story has a wonderful chase atmosphere, a 'froggy' version of the "Gingerbread Man." The kids loved the names the Bullfrog was being called as he was gobbling up everything in site: 'Pickle-Skinned Pizza Theif,' 'Canyon-Mouthed Fruit Catcher,' 'Loaf-Liftin Cousin to a Grasshopper.' I read a lot of stories to children...this one was a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump at the opportunity to read this book aloud! Oct. 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a children's storyteller, at my last reading, the children chose this book because of the front cover, and loved it all the way through the back cover. The Illustrations command a smile, and the story is great to perform (imitate a bullfrog if you can, kids love it!) this is my favorite of Rick Walton's books. The story has a wonderful chase atmosphere, a 'froggy' version of the "Gingerbread Man." The kids loved the names the Bullfrog was being called as he was gobbling up everything in site: 'Pickle-Skinned Pizza Theif,' 'Canyon-Mouthed Fruit Catcher,' 'Loaf-Liftin Cousin to a Grasshopper.' I read a lot of stories to children...this one was a joy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading with surprises throughout Aug. 3 2004
By Harold McFarland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What happens when one very hungry frog comes to town and starts eating everything he can? From pizza, to watermelon, to bread and anything else he finds, nothing is safe. A fun story with well-done illustrations, it is sure to be popular with all children. One of the things that make this title unique is the way the author ends the page with a partial sentence purposely designed to mislead the reader until they turn the page and read the rest of the sentence. For example one page ends with, "Bullfrog was surrounded. He began to shake..." The following page begins with "... the tree. Down fell the apples." This anticipation and leading off onto the wrong track makes the book even more fun to read. "Bullfrog Pops!" is a highly recommended children's book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and highly recommended little tale! May 9 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Living in the old western town of Ravenous Gulch, Bullfrog gets hungry (very, very hungry!) and goest on an eating binge that leaves a lot of people very upset with him! As Bullfrog's appetite and waistline expand he makes a mess of the town. The townsfolk call upon the sheriff who decides to take matters in hand. Chris McAllister's artwork is a perfect complement to each page in Rick Walton's novel and highly recommended little tale, and the pages end as a cliff hangers with a radically different meaning shown on the next page.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much of a story June 1 2011
By Kimberly Ertsgaard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After reading "Once there was a Bull (frog)" by Rick Walton I took a chance an ordered this one too since I like frogs and his other book was pretty enjoyable. Bullfrog Pops did have some pretty clever name calling which my husband and I found amusing. Our young granddaughter didn't understand the humor. The idea of over eating is absurd and unhealthy even for a bullfrog. So the premise for the story is unappealing to me. The name of the first person to chase the frog "Starvin Marvin" is so unoriginal it almost made me want to stop reading right there. The ending was even weaker than the rest of the story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bullfrog Pops! May 20 2013
By Avis Fortner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is brightly illustrated. The children found it entertaining and it addressed verbs and direct objects successfully. I would recommend it.
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