I find the best method of really putting of some of the picture books I get to the test is to read them to our story time group, a set of discerning pre-schoolers, they’ll soon let you know if book gets the thumbs up or not. This was my most recent read to them, Froggy Day, written by Heather Pindar, illustrated by Barbara Bakos and published by Maverick Arts Publishing.
This is one of those picture books that doesn’t have a moral, or an underlying meaning or purpose, it’s just pure, simple silly and that’s exactly why I picked it. It’s a little play on words, starting with the weather forecaster declaring that the day was going to be very froggy! The story takes us around the town as a multitude of frogs cause absolute chaos. It is really very funny.
My one concern with reading this to pre-schoolers was whether they would really understand the play on words, but a quick explanation before we started reading the story and the children seemed to understand the concept quite well, and regardless of whether they did or not, they laughed and laughed and made “ribbit” noises and thoroughly enjoyed this book. They all sat impeccably through the whole thing, clearly fascinated.
From my point of view, as a storyteller, I so enjoyed reading it too, the play on words was such fun to read out loud, it allows for lots of dramatic expression and animal noises. There’s enough humour that will appeal to adults in this lovely book that’s it’s a fab family read.
Let’s not forget those illustrations, bright, bold, so much fun and covered in frogs! Barbara Bakos has done a lovely job here, the children loved spotting the frogs and laughing at the silly antics they got up to. It really helped to aid the telling of the story.
Sometimes a tale just needs to be fun, simple, and most of all silly, that’s what so many children love, laughter is what unites us, what better way to get children engaged with reading than a book like this.
For our craftactivity, I made a frog fly catching game (found on the internet), which was simple and quick to make, but children enjoyed making it, and both children and adults enjoyed having a go.
I would call Froggy Day a story time success!
To find out more about author Heather Pindar she’s over on Twitter:
Barbara Bakos can be found on her website right here:
You can get more information about Maverick Arts here:
Froggy Day is now available from all good bookshops and libraries. I used a library copy for my story time, but thank Maverick Books for sending me a copy for review.
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