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Bad Frogs Hardcover – March 10, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Hurd's artwork is as exuberant as ever—his portraits of mischief-making amphibians have a ripped-from-the-easel sense of fun, with colors that look like they dried only minutes before readers opened the book. But those who have grown up with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon may find Hurd's idea of defying social norms tame: riding motorcycles, burping, Smelling yucky. Talking crummy. Wearing bad hats. Wearing dark glasses. (This is not to say that parents will wholeheartedly approve of riding skateboards down the banister or spilling water out of the bathtub.) Curiously, Hurd (Mama Don't Allow) doesn't include a larger society being shocked by these actions—if the frogs live in a world where everyone breaks the rules, what's the biggie? Even the concluding reassurance that these frogs are unapologetic in their behavior (They'll fight with their toothbrushes. They'll fall out of bed. They'll be... bad frogs forever) doesn't make up for their wimpiness as rebellious role models. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
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About the Author
Thacher Hurd is the son of the late Edith Thacher Hurd and Clement Hurd, who together created many beloved children’s books. He has written and illustrated more than twenty-fi ve books, including MAMA DON'T ALLOW, which won a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award, and ZOOM CITY, which was named a NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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- some of the things that the frogs do are not "bad"- wearing sun glasses, riding skate boards, etc, but yet some of them are not so good- not saying thank you, making a mess in the bath tub, etc. This was very confusing for my son, who is trying to comprehend right and wrong.
- there is nothing redeeming at the end- they will be bad frogs forever is the last page of the book. What is my son supposed to learn from that???
I am shocked that this is a children's book.