I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

* “First-time author Petty’s dialogue between a frog father and his son makes its point about accepting one’s nature with a big grin….The story might create similar gratitude in the minds of readers—or it might just make them giggle.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.

“…a paean to self-acceptance wrapped in snappy dialogue and illustrated with richly colored comic paintings by Mike Boldt.”—Wall Street Journal

“A lively look at self-acceptance.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This amusing story ends with a laugh and a much more content frog.”—School Library Journal

“Silliness and deadpan humor combine into a hopping good story of being happy with who you are.”—Booklist

“Petty and Boldt provide just enough predictability to hook youngest readers, then deliver a delightful twist or two to create surprise and satisfaction–for both the green hero and the many fans he’ll make with this book.”—Shelf Awareness

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  1. An intelligent piece that speaks about self-acceptance and being proud of what we are ‘I Don’t Want to Be a Frog’ a book for children written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Mike Boldt teaches lessons why each of us is important and how crucial is to cherish what we are, our diversity, instead imitating and following others. 

  2. Sure to be a classic! Hilarious, beautiful, and honest book about self acceptance. Our girls (ages 2 and 4) laugh out loud each time and always ask to read it again! The text and pictures go perfectly together. It’s belly-laugh-funny but delivers an awesome message about how it’s great to be exactly who you are. Plus: Who can say “no” to a bag of organic badgers, anyway? Not us! Highly recommend for ALL ages.

  3. Frog and Wolf Don’t Do Lunch. I love this book! The storyline is very funny, and I’ve never seen a more perfect fusion of words and images in a picture book. Mike Boldt’s pictures make young frog’s enthusiastic energy jump off the page, and Dev Petty’s words charmingly and hilariously convey young frog’s wild imaginings of being some other “cute and warm” kind of animal in his dialogue with dad frog. The story’s dramatic pivot is when the wolf enters the picture and interrupts…

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