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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525420851
  • ASIN: B003F76CHA
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,970,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After fifth-grader Josh Hewitt finds a five-legged frog in a boggy area near his backyard, he takes it to school, where it sickens and dies. Josh investigates and discovers that the frog’s extra leg may be caused by contamination in its pond, but before he can get the frog’s body to an interested scientist, it is confiscated by the school principal. Pederson’s full-page illustrations ramp up the comedy and action, and Donovan ably shows how the school world of kids is separate and little understood by the adults. Joshua, a talkative kid who has been pegged as something of a troublemaker, is also convincingly portrayed. A subplot involving Josh’s efforts to learn about the personality of his birth father seems tacked on, but this is a minor quibble with a novel that many young readers will enjoy as much for its picture of grade-school life as for its ecological message. Grades 4-6. --Todd Morning

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Obvious appeal, particularly to fans of Andrew Clements's work. --Kirkus Reviews

Plot development is quick, and children will relate to the protagonist and his classmates... ---School Library Journal

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This a book for all ages if you are looking for something to cheer your day up. It is best for children from ages six to eleven (I'm twelve.) It seems impossible for me to realize that this was written by an adult woman, not a boy. The main character, a 5th-grader named Josh, thinks in really immature ways that seem very real, something a full grown woman wouldn't usually be able to do. All the characters are rich and have their own unique personalities. The plot is simple, and the conflicts are good. I like the part when Josh explained that he was named after Joshua Tree National Park. Then he said that if he was going to be named after a park, he wished it could have been Death Valley. Funny comments like this are everywhere in the book. This is a quick read that gets to the point fast, and doesn't wast a second of your time. I liked it a lot, and I hope you do, too.

by Ihila Lesnikova from Yarmouth, Maine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jupiter Art Studio on January 12, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My daughter and I belong to book club with four other father/daughter members. The girls are all fifth graders and we read a pretty wide range of young adult books. In Memory of Gorfman T. Frog turned out to be one of our favorites. As one of our activities we decided to write a review together. What we liked best about the book was the interesting characters, not just Josh, who reminded my daughter of herself - chatty, impulsive and misunderstood - but the frog too. Whoever heard of a frog with two extra legs? Well, after reading the book, we did and we believed in him too. That's another thing we enjoyed about the book. Unlike some of the mystery novels and fantasy stories we have read, this one is about real life and real people. And yet the real life plot with real moms, dads, teachers and friends is just as engaging and entertaining as the princesses and ghosts that inhabit some of the other stories we have read. We saw ourselves in this novel. We had a vote at the end of the meeting to see how many stars it should get. Two votes for four stars. Three votes for five.
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Format: Hardcover
Fifth grade motor mouth Joshua spots a frog with three back legs and decides to bring it to school - but having an unusual frog doesn't win him the expected points. When trouble strikes, he decides to organize his classmates to fight for what's right in a daring plan that could lead to more trouble. Janet Pedersen provides funny drawings for this zany story of a boy and his unusual frog.
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