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Follow That Frog!



by
Philip C. Stead
illustrated by
Matthew Cordell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday
Imprint
Neal Porter Books
ISBN
9780823444267
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
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JLG Category

Primary

When a curiously croaking stranger comes knocking at the door, Aunt Josephine launches into a rambling tale about her lifelong pursuit of a rare giant frog.

Eccentric Aunt Josephine poignantly ignores a stranger knocking at her door as she tells her niece Sadie the story of her time in the jungles of Peru, cataloguing amphibians for the scientific team of Admiral Rodriguez. When the admiral’s son was suddenly swallowed by a giant frog, Aunt Josephine gave chase in a journey which took her around the world.

In the tradition of Philip Stead and Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell’s previous collaborations Special Delivery and The Only Fish in the Sea, this is a story full of rambunctious fun and sensationally appealing artwork.Full-color illustrations created using pen and ink with watercolor.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Adventure and adventurers. Frogs. Aunts. Humorous stories. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Sadie and her sensational Aunt Josephine are back for a third adventure (Special Delivery, rev. 3/15; The Only Fish in the Sea, rev. 7/17), which starts with a knock at the door: “Close the curtains, Sadie! And turn out the lights! It could be a vacuum salesman. Or more likely, a suitor.” After a lifetime of traveling the world, Aunt J. declares she simply wants rest, but the thought of these previous escapades sends her reminiscing about her time as a nine-year-old in Peru cataloging frogs for science. With Cordell’s well-suited scratchy pen-and-ink lines and soft watercolor washes, the story Aunt Josephine relates to Sadie (when a giant frog swallows one of Josephine’s admirers, she hurries after it to make sure the amphibian specimen is catalogued properly) plays out hilariously in giant thought bubbles while a morning breakfast-in-bed routine with Sadie carries on in the background. Text and art duel with each other to make the antics more and more outlandish, and every page-turn yields an unexpected and wonderfully ridiculous plot development. Josephine finds herself headed toward the Panama Canal, where she boards a bathtub and tries to heed her own grandmother’s final words (“If nothing else, Josephine, see Paris”) but winds up stranded on the Canary Islands after an encounter with some pirates. The story goes on to include a whale ride and more, but Aunt Josephine notes she has yet to see Paris or find that giant frog. All the while, someone keeps knocking at the door, where the perfect ending awaits on the other side. JULIE ROACH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Sadie and her sensational Aunt Josephine are back for a third adventure (Special Delivery, rev. 3/15; The Only Fish in the Sea, rev. 7/17), which starts with a knock at the door: “Close the curtains, Sadie! And turn out the lights! It could be a vacuum salesman. Or more likely, a suitor.” After a lifetime of traveling the world, Aunt J. declares she simply wants rest, but the thought of these previous escapades sends her reminiscing about her time as a nine-year-old in Peru cataloging frogs for science. With Cordell’s well-suited scratchy pen-and-ink lines and soft watercolor washes, the story Aunt Josephine relates to Sadie (when a giant frog swallows one of Josephine’s admirers, she hurries after it to make sure the amphibian specimen is catalogued properly) plays out hilariously in giant thought bubbles while a morning breakfast-in-bed routine with Sadie carries on in the background. Text and art duel with each other to make the antics more and more outlandish, and every page-turn yields an unexpected and wonderfully ridiculous plot development. Josephine finds herself headed toward the Panama Canal, where she boards a bathtub and tries to heed her own grandmother’s final words (“If nothing else, Josephine, see Paris”) but winds up stranded on the Canary Islands after an encounter with some pirates. The story goes on to include a whale ride and more, but Aunt Josephine notes she has yet to see Paris or find that giant frog. All the while, someone keeps knocking at the door, where the perfect ending awaits on the other side. JULIE ROACH

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