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Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog Hardcover – March 10, 2009


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PreSchool-K—On a hot summer day, Bradley McGogg discovers that his cupboard is empty and goes in search of something for lunch. Miss Mousie offers him rye crackers and cheese, while Herr Bear and Herr Hare invite him to dine on carrots covered in honey. Brad doesn't even consider joining a cow for a snack of clover and grass. Unable to accept the other animals' favorite foods and still hungry, Brad drags himself back home. To his delight, he discovers an infestation of bugs in his hollowed-out log and sits down to a delectable feast. Beiser explores the importance of being neighborly and respecting others' unique customs and habits. The sophisticated rhyming text is accompanied by subdued watercolor and gouache illustrations depicting Bradley and his neighbors (except the cow) dressed in old-fashioned clothing. Each animal's face is imbued with character and personality. Although amusing, this story lacks the whimsical charm and lighthearted appeal of Karma Wilson's A Frog in the Bog (S & S, 2003) and Eric Drachman's A Frog Thing (Kidwick, 2006).—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
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“This delightful excursion is made even more so because Rachel Berman’s illustrations, interpretations of the miniature worlds of mouse nests and bear and hare picnics, are nothing short of entrancing.” 
The Globe and Mail

“Picky eating has rarely been so lauded as it is in this tale of a delicate amphibian diet…. An amusing tale, indeed.” 
— Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887768644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887768644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,136,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on June 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Bradley McGogg, is a very fine frog who lives in a very fine bog. One of the reasons his bog is so fine is that it is filled to the brim with good things to eat. But on this particular day, the fine frog wakes up needing to refuel, and finds his cupboard unusually bare. Not a snail or mosquito in the house. What's a hungry frog to do?

Bradley ponders the problem and then has a remarkable idea - he will set out in the bog and beg food from the other animals who live nearby! Luckily, his neighbors are the friendly sort and more than happy to share the snacks they have on hand. The problem is, a frog's idea of a tasty treat may not be the same as those of another animal.

Bradley's first stop is at the house of Miss Mouse. She serves him *gasp* rye crackers and cheddar cheese. Who could ever eat such a revolting dish? Bradley quickly devises an excuse to avoid the dreaded cheese and heads over to bear and hare's place. These two join forces to offer a plate of honey covered carrots. That's not any better than Miss Mouse's offering! Bradley decides not to even ask the cow, after he notices her chomping on grass and clover. Unsuccessful, Bradley returns home with a empty tummy. Imagine his delight to find his log crawling with infestation. He dines on worms, mosquitoes, roaches and fleas.

His food mission unsuccessful, Bradley returns home with a empty tummy. Imagine his delight to find his log crawling with infestation. He gleefully dines on worms, mosquitoes, roaches and fleas. This just goes to show that everyone has their own tastes and what works for one might not work for another.

The illustrations are beautifully done. The animals are drawn quite realistically, but in a most whimsical way.
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By J. Harms on June 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful children's story. The rhymes are clever and intricate making it such fun to read aloud...one of the best written children's books that I have found! We found it first at the library, but it is worth adding to the permanent collection.
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