From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-This entertaining story of one child standing up to adult authority is likely to win many fans. Hazel Green thinks it's unfair that children are not allowed to march in her town's annual Frogg Day parade, so she convinces the powers that be to let them to participate-as long as they have a float. She and the other youngsters from her building, the birthplace of the man the parade honors, develop the plans for a model of the building, but Yakov, a mathematical genius, tells Hazel that it will fall down, which no one wants to hear. Meanwhile Hazel is being falsely blamed for revealing her friend's secret recipe for a new pastry to a rival baker. Ultimately, resourceful Hazel proves that she didn't give away the secret, helps her friends fix the tower, makes a friend of Yakov, and marches in the parade. While some of the more minor characters are rather stereotypical, Hazel, Yakov, and several of the adults are interesting, complex characters. The writing is clever and funny, the plot has broad appeal, and readers will applaud Hazel's triumphs. Hirsch's book will satisfy audiences looking for gentle, humorous fiction.Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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Gr. 3-6. Twenty years ago, children marched in the annual Frogg Day parade, the city's most important celebration, but they aren't allowed to do that now. Hazel Green wants to turn back the clock. Why not let children participate in the festivities? After all, famous citizen Victor Frogg was born and grew up right in her own building. Accomplishing that is easier said than done, however, but Hazel perseveres and eventually learns about building floats, community, and friendships, including those that cross generations. Australian-born Hirsch has created an imaginative, outspoken protagonist for his charming tale, which evolves in a lyrical, descriptive, third-person narrative that has a subtle hint of fairy tale about it. Diverse characters, neighborhood life, and Hazel's actions and lively thoughts are related with wit, whimsy, and heart. An entertaining story as well as a creative portrayal of a community. Shelle RosenfeldCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved