Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I Don't Want to Be a Frog

The grass (or lily pad?) is always greener on the other side. At least that’s what the little frog thinks in Dev Petty’s new book, I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. For this little guy, being a frog is too wet, too slimy, and includes far too much bug-eating. He tells his dad that he’d rather be a cat, a rabbit, a pig, or an owl, but his rather sensible father comes up with reasons why these are some pretty bad ideas.

His dad insists that he can’t be a cat because he’s a frog (I told you he was sensible…). And, even though he can hop like a rabbit, he’s missing long ears. Being a pig would work out just fine if he had a curly tail or an interest in eating garbage, but this frog has no such luck. Finally, even though being an owl is “the greatest thing ever,” the dad makes a list of reasons why this is not possible: “1. You don’t have wings. 2. You don’t look wise. 3. You can’t turn your head all the way around. 4. YOU ARE A FROG.”

The father-son pair is then visited by a big wolf that, hearing about the little frog’s wishes, lets him in on his own little secret. He tells him that while he LOVES eating cats, rabbits, pigs, and owls, he does not eat wet, slimy, full-of-bugs frogs. Maybe being a frog isn’t so bad after all…

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