Froggy Goes to Bed Paperback – Jun 10 2002
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Even when Froggy goes to bed, it's a high-action adventure. If you've seen him learn to swim, go to school, bake a cake, get dressed for winter, or play soccer, you know that in Froggy's world nothing is ever easy or efficient, and that everything has its own set of goofy sound effects. This is precisely why preschoolers can't resist these delightful read-aloud picture books! Despite the fact that Froggy is "too pooped to pop," he is not at all tired when it's time for bed. (Sound familiar?) He has to find his boat before he can take a bubble bath, and goes looking for his pajamas, his toothbrush (it is not in the fishbowl or the wastebasket, but in the cookie jar), his huggy, and a bowl of flies for a snack. A couple of glasses of water (oops) and a bedtime story later, his mother is fast asleep: "'Good night, Mom,' said Froggy. Then he closed his eyes and went to sleep--zzzzzzzzzz." Parents and children alike will welcome this addition to Jonathan London and illustrator Frank Remkiewicz's Froggy series. (Ages 2 to 6) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-Froggy's stalling tactics will delight any child who has ever begged to stay up just a few more minutes. When his mother announces that it is bedtime, the frog's familiar response is, "No! I'm not tired." He goes through all the usual bedtime rituals of taking a bath, putting on his pajamas, brushing his teeth, and finding his huggy (a human rag doll), all of which are hidden in the most unlikely places. Before he goes to sleep, he snacks on a bowl of flies, which makes him thirsty for a drink, which he spills. Exhausted, his mother tells him to go to sleep, but he begs for a story. Predictably, she falls asleep reading to him. The tireless amphibian gives her a hug, and finally goes to sleep, too. Sounds like "flop flop flop," "splash splash splash," and "Munch scrunch munch" will encourage children's participation, and youngsters will giggle at all the silly places Froggy searches for the things he needs before bed. Remkiewicz's bold, funny cartoons vary from several small pictures on a white background to full-spread paintings. The art echoes the text and will appeal to children. A great bedtime story.
Elizabeth O'Brien, Queens Borough Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is our first Froggy book - it was given to my daughter as a Christmas gift. It is certainly not a book I would have bought for her. Other reviewers have written about the disrespect the Froggy shows toward his mother - and it is prevalent in this story.
The other concern I have with this story is the fact that it teaches children a number of diversions to use when they don't want to go to bed. I'm pretty sure that children will learn many of these on their own, but why read them this story and teach them to:
hide their toothbrush in the cookie jar?
to eat after brushing their teeth for the night?
to demand so much from their mother before going to sleep?
No! These are certainly not things I will intentionally teach my daughter.
The story does beg one other question - Where is Froggy's father in all this?
If you want to speed your child on his or her way to being ill mannered and disrespectful, this is the book for you.
The only plus, in my opinion, is the artwork. The book is well illustrated.
What my daughter (nearly 2 yrs old) has learned from this book is how to say "FROOOGGGYYY" when she sees the word. At her age, she enjoys helping me "find" things, and enjoys froggy's searches for lost items. She also identifies froggy's "brushing" in a positive tone, and "oops" with concern that froggy has spilled water. This story relates to her reality. And, above all, it is the first book she has tried to "read" on her own.
Nothing but positve results in my family! :)
Most recent customer reviews
We love Froggy books. We have them all. However, I was surprised to see Froggy "back-talking" his mother and telling her what needed to be done before he'd actually go to sleep. Read morePublished on March 7 2002
I bought this book for my 3 year old and I am returning it. Froggy's mother tells him it is time to go to bed and like most children, he resists and stalls. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2000
ON A WHOLE, I THINK THIS IS A VERY GOOD STORY. FROGGY THINKS UP MANY THINGS TO KEEP FROM GOING TO BED. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2000
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