Froggy's Birthday Wish (Froggy)

by Jonathan London (Author) Frank Remkiewicz (Illustrator)

Froggy's Birthday Wish (Froggy)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Froggy
"It's Froggy's birthday, but no one has remembered. His parents don't seem to realize it's his special day, and none of his friends are at home to wish him a happy birthday. Will Froggy celebrate his birthday all alone? Has everyone really forgotten?"--
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Kirkus Reviews

In his 24th adventure, Froggy finally celebrates a birthday.

Froggy cannot wait. He starts the day off right by singing “Happy birthday to meeeeeeeee!” while bouncing excitedly on his bed. But when he sees his family at the breakfast table, no one seems to remember that it is his special day. So he flops over to all of his friends’ houses, but no one is home. Has everyone forgotten Froggy’s birthday?! Of course not—there’s a surprise party waiting for him at home. The story arc then shifts to Froggy’s presents (all providing fodder for Froggy’s wild antics and zany sound effects) before finally settling on Froggy’s birthday wish—a piñata, given to him by none other than Frogilina. The story plods, er, flops along with no real momentum. Remkiewicz’s expressive characters do their best to add energy, and the extra zings and bonks help, but as the subject suggests, Froggy just may be getting old.

Predictable fare to be sure, but series fans will likely follow Froggy wherever he goes. (Picture book. 3-6)

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--In this addition to the series, Froggy makes a wish on the eve of his birthday. The next morning, his mother and father behave as if nothing is out of the ordinary. Froggy then attempts to visit three of his friends, none of whom is home. Disheartened and believing that everybody has forgotten his big day, the young frog trudges home and walks into a surprise party. He receives a series of havoc-wreaking presents including a skateboard, a scooter, and a pogo stick. Finally, he receives the gift that turns out to be the one he had wished for: a fly-filled pinata. Froggy's standard onomatopoeic morning routine always makes for entertaining reading out loud (he gets dressed with a "zip zoop! zup!" and enters the kitchen with a "flop flop flop"). The forgotten-birthday-turned-surprise-party is a little worn out, but this plot thread takes up only a few pages, allowing for plenty of Froggy shenanigans at the event itself. The situational humor at the party, conveyed in a boldly colored, cartoon style, makes this story: Max's mother's expression when Froggy accidentally attempts to "pin the tail" on her bottom, Froggy and Frogilina about to collide with each other, a pinata full of flies crashing down on Froggy's head. Froggy's many fans will continue to enjoy his mischief.--Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL

Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Praise for the Froggy Series

"Froggy's natural exuberance and excitement are infectious..."—School Library Journal for Froggy Plays T-Ball

"A good choice for reading aloud.... Any youngster who has ever bundled up for wintertime will surely laugh out loud over this addled amphibian's constant dressing and undressing."—Publishers Weekly on Froggy Gets Dressed

"Perfect to comfort any kid a little hesitant at the first swimming lesson. Giggles come with the lesson."—The Orlando Sentinel on Froggy Learns To Swim

"The accessible text, with its sound effects and overall sense of fun, is a pleasure to read aloud. Even nonreaders can enjoy the story through the cartoonlike illustrations. Another winning entry in the Froggy series."—Booklist on Froggy Goes To Bed
Jonathan London
Jonathan London has written many books about his most popular character, Froggy. Jonathan also writes novels and poetry, as well as other picture books. He lives in Graton, California. Follow him at

Frank Remkiewicz has illustrated all the Froggy books, as well as many other children's books. He has also created art for posters and greeting cards. He lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2015
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV002120 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Frogs & Toads
Library of Congress categories

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