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A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog Paperback – July 15, 1992

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About the Author

Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (July 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140546111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140546118
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful little picture book. It has no narraration and needs none. Through its pictures, it tells the story of a boy and a dog and a frog they try unsuccessfully to catch. The boy and the dog then go home to get cleaned up in the bath tub. The frog, who had enjoyed the little game of chase and is now a bit lonely, follows them and joins them in the tub. This is a great book to have your pre-schooler read to you
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Gondek VINE VOICE on November 13, 2003
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My mother "read" this series to me when I was a kid, and I remember always reaching for this one for years afterwards. The illustrations are outstanding -- my mother and I would laugh over a different page every time we read it, because of the boy's expression, the frog's grin, or the way the dog sat. Simple things, but not only was I learning to enjoy books, I learned to use my words to tell stories, notice details, and just have fun with my parents. This isn't a passive "hear a story read to you" experience.
Perhaps needless to say, this book is one of the first gifts I give to nieces and friends at baby showers or birthdays. At showers, everyone has a good laugh over the pictures, and it's always a big hit. My own kids will have the complete set -- probably before they're even born!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2002
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When my little boy wanted to 'read' and still didn't know how, we went looking for wordless books. This was a great find. Even now that he's starting to read, this is one of his favorite books to 'read'. It is creative and the pictures are adorable. They are funny and they tell a story. But you can tell the story from several points of view and find new things to talk about every time. Very good.
Enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Miller on August 9, 2005
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This book is wonderful. I am planning to use it in a research project for my dissertation in clinical psychology. It allows the children to tell there own story and also pulls for emotions so that the mother and child can discuss different emotions. The pictures are illustrated well. This is a rich picture book that allows for the child and/or parents to tell a story and focus on what they feel is important. It encourages creativity in children
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Liebman Aron on October 26, 2005
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This is an excellent book for speakers of other languages and for Deaf students. As an American Sign language teacher, I use this book to encourage my students to think outside the box, to learn to express in ASL what they see in this book. The characters are so expressive and actions so clear that it is easy for others to understand what is happening. I also use this book for ASL assessment to evaluate how children retell the stories in ASL.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Minerva Vazquez on January 29, 2006
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My 3 year old son absolutely loves this book. Although there are no words, it gives him a great opportunity to use his imagination. The pictures are simple and as he makes up the words for each page it gives him the feeling of accomplishment of finishing a book on his own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KathrynNotKathy on January 30, 2004
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This totally wordless book has a very cute story. A boy and his dog go to the pond to try to catch a frog. Things go wrong and they can't catch him. Then a cute surprise ending. The only thing I don't like is that in the library version, the black & white drawings are very small and hard to see (at least for this middle-ager!). Maybe a different edition would be better. Larger pictures with some color would be nice. Overall, I love this little book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on March 23, 2008
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This book has wonderfully cute illustrations (all black and white). There aren't any words on a single page, which allows the reader to make up their own story based on what's happening in the pictures. It's perfect for the very young, non-reader, and even for the seasoned grade schooler. This book allows you to be creative and perceptive. It's a lot of fun.
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