Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bradley McGogg the Very Fine Frog






Tundra Books
Tim Beiser; Illustrated by Rachel Berman

Bradley McGogg, is a very fine frog who lives in a very fine bog. One of the reasons his bog is so fine is that it is filled to the brim with good things to eat. But on this particular day, the fine frog wakes up needing to refuel, and finds his cupboard unusually bare. Not a snail or mosquito in the house. What's a hungry frog to do?

Bradley ponders the problem and then has a remarkable idea - he will set out in the bog and beg food from the other animals who live nearby! Luckily, his neighbors are the friendly sort and more than happy to share the snacks they have on hand. The problem is, a frog's idea of a tasty treat may not be the same as those of another animal.


Bradley's first stop is at the house of Miss Mouse. She serves him *gasp* rye crackers and cheddar cheese. Who could ever eat such a revolting dish? Bradley quickly devises an excuse to avoid the dreaded cheese and heads over to bear and hare's place. These two join forces to offer a plate of honey covered carrots. That's not any better than Miss Mouse's offering! Bradley decides not to even ask the cow, after he notices her chomping on grass and clover. Unsuccessful, Bradley returns home with a empty tummy. Imagine his delight to find his log crawling with infestation. He dines on worms, mosquitoes, roaches and fleas.

His food mission unsuccessful, Bradley returns home with a empty tummy. Imagine his delight to find his log crawling with infestation. He gleefully dines on worms, mosquitoes, roaches and fleas. This just goes to show that everyone has their own tastes and what works for one might not work for another.

The illustrations are beautifully done. The animals are drawn quite realistically, but in a most whimsical way. McGogg wears red and pink striped overalls and sandals while rabbit sports an elaborate costume of checkered vest, tie and burnt orange topcoat. This is a sweet story and a great way to teach children that everyone is different. Just as bears and frogs eat different foods, we humans have varied ideas and opinions that won't always be the same as our friends.
 

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