I Don't Want to be a Frog

Author(s): Dev Petty

Picture Books

* "First-time author Petty's dialogue between a frog father and his son makes its point about accepting one's nature with a big grin....The story might create similar gratitude in the minds of readers--or it might just make them giggle."--"Publishers Weekly," STARRED REVIEW Fans of Mo Willems's "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and Jon Klassen's "I Want My Hat Back" will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives--a wolf who HATES eating frogs--our hero decides that maybe being himself isn't so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog's desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right. ..".a paean to self-acceptance wrapped in snappy dialogue and illustrated with richly colored comic paintings by Mike Boldt."--"Wall Street Journal" "A lively look at self-acceptance."--"Kirkus Reviews ""This amusing story ends with a laugh and a much more content frog."--"School Library Journal" "Silliness and deadpan humor combine into a hopping good story of being happy with who you are."--"Booklist""Petty and Boldt provide just enough predictability to hook youngest readers, then deliver a delightful twist or two to create surprise and satisfaction--for both the green hero and the many fans he'll make with this book."--"Shelf Awareness"


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After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, DEV PETTY became a senior visual-effects artist in the film industry. Her work appears in the Matrix Trilogy and dozens of other movies. She later left film to raise a family, but continues to draw, paint, and teach the visual arts while pursuing her passion for storytelling. Dev was born and raised in Berkeley and now lives right next door in Albany, California, with her husband, two daughters, some dogs, and other furry critters. MIKE BOLDT is an author and illustrator living in the countryside of Alberta, Canada. He has been illustrating for children for the past fourteen years. When he's not drawing, he's building snow forts and Lego spaceships with his three kids or sharing laughs and his ice cream with his wife. He is very glad he's not a frog.

General Fields

  • : 9780385378666
  • : Random House USA Inc
  • : Random House Books for Young Readers
  • : March 2015
  • : June 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Dev Petty
  • : Hardback
  • : 32