“A frog who yearns to be any animal that is cute and warm discovers that being wet, slimy, and full of bugs has its advantages.”
This is just great. It’s short and funny and gives me great opportunities to do voices. I love reading this out loud. I paired it with last week’s other Georgia Picture Book Nominee, Red: A Crayon’s Story. That one was about someone who wasn’t exactly how they first appeared. This one is about someone who knows exactly who there are, they just want to be something else.
Frog loudly proclaims the he just doesn’t want to be a frog. And older and wiser (and perfect straight man of a) glasses-wearing frog calmly enumerates the many reasons why he can’t be such things as a cat or a pig or a rabbit or and owl. Finally another creature clues him in on why being a frog can be a good thing.
Apparently this is a hit, so you know what that means. There’s already a couple of sequels out there. I don’t have those yet. I’ll have to check them out.
When I read a book aloud with multiple characters I try, when it makes sense, to give them different voices. I usually give the protagonist my own voice and make changes for the other characters. Not this one. For this one I pitch my voice a bit higher and whinier (but don’t overdo that) for the main frog who doesn’t want to be a frog. I use my own, emphatic teacher voice for the bespectacled frog. “Of course you want to be an Owl! Being an Owl is the greatest thing ever. Boy, would you love being an Owl.”
“So can I be an Owl, then?”
“NO! Of course not!”
I wasn’t familiar with this author or illustrator but it’s a winning combination. Definitely check it out and add it to your read aloud pile.