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The Frog Principal Hardcover – August 1, 2001
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Teachers and students all agree that Mr. Bundy is the best principal that a school could ever have. He thinks a special magic show would be a nice addition to an upcoming assembly and he finds just the right magician. However, in a brief demonstration of some educational tricks, Marty Q. Marvel accidentally turns Mr. Bundy into a frog and can't remember how to restore him to his former self. The creature takes a few leaps to a nearby pond and finds it delightful, especially the flies that are buzzing around-very tasty. When a student hits a baseball into the water and he and a couple of his buddies come to retrieve it, Mr. Bundy makes them a deal: he'll get their ball if he can be principal. They are quite surprised that the frog can talk-and how can it be their principal? Crossing their fingers, the kids make the promise and then race off with their ball. In the end, all is set to rights, and the last picture provides a surprise and a giggle. Calmenson's version of "The Frog Prince" takes many liberties with the original tale, adding quirky humor and delightful situations. Brunkus's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations accentuate the hilarity of this spoof on the traditional fairy tale. Read aloud or alone, this book is sure to get its share of chuckles.
Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Ages 4-7. The classic story of "The Frog Prince" is given new life when a bumbling magician auditioning for a school assembly accidentally turns Mr. Bundy, principal of P.S. 88 (and star of another Calmenson and Brunkus fairy-tale update, The Principal's New Clothes), into a frog. But Mr. Bundy doesn't let this setback stop him from carrying on his principal's duties. "Even though I'm small, green, and slimy, I can still be a good principal, can't I?" Eventually Mr. Bundy becomes his old self again, but not before he joins some students in a game of leapfrog, startles the kindergartners by taking a dip in a sinkful of water, and uses his long, quick tongue to gobble up a student's science project--a tasty bug collection. The silly plot is very believably written, and Brunkus' expressive watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations add to the fun with crisp, colorful scenes depicting all the outrageous antics. This would be a natural choice for all those principals who routinely visit primary-grade classrooms for a quick read-aloud. Lauren Peterson
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Top Customer Reviews
what he would do so he called him up and said ,`May I see your tricks'? The magician came and was supposed to do a math lesson, but instead he turned the principal into a frog. What was Stephanie Calmenson thinking? Well you will have to find out. I like this book because it is funny and imaginative.