I Don't Want to Be Big (I Don't Want to Be a Frog #2)

by Dev Petty (Author) Mike Boldt (Illustrator)

Fans of the hit picture book I Don't Want to Be a Frog will love this silly companion featuring a frog that's still as stubborn as ever and his surprisingly patient father.

"Reminiscent of Mo Willems's 'Elephant and Piggie' series"--Publishers Weekly

Frog does NOT want to grow up. Doesn't need to be tall. Doesn't want to be able to jump high enough to see the tree frogs. He's just FINE being small. Besides, if you grow up, you don't get to do fun things like jump in mud puddles with your best friend, Pig. Do you? This hilarious story---which uses humor to teach that it's great being exactly who you are--is sure to bring a smile to every kid who just wants to stay a kid, in addition to those who are the smallest in their class. It's a sly and smartly funny tale that will have children and parents laughing together. And look for all the book in this hilarious series--I Don't Want to Be a Frog, There's Nothing to Do! and I Don't Want to Go to Sleep.

Praise for the series: 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

I Don't Want to Be Big:

"Reminiscent of Mo Willems's 'Elephant and Piggie' series."--Publishers Weekly

"An enjoyable read-aloud"--Kirkus

There's Nothing to Do!

★ "Snappy, spot-on dialogue pairs ideally with the outsize drama of Boldt's artwork; reading this book belongs on families' to-do lists."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--A little frog has a spirited discussion about why he doesn't want to be big in this amusing picture book. Two bright green frogs, one little and one big, talk about why eating dinner is so important. The little frog goes on to explain that he does not need to eat dinner, since he has no interest in being big. After some hilarious questioning from the older frog, the little frog finally decides that getting big might not be so bad, as long as he does not ever have to take a bath. The lively illustrations, with few background details, are a great match for the use of speech bubbles in each spread and are reminiscent of Mo Willems's "Elephant and Piggie" series. Children should be able to easily identify which character is talking throughout. VERDICT An amusing book about why getting big doesn't necessarily mean you have to grow up. A general purchase for most libraries.--Brooke Newberry, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Dev Petty
Dev Petty's (devpetty.com) picture books include The Bear Must Go On, I Don't Want to Be a Frog, Claymates, I Don't Want to Go to Sleep, There's Nothing to Do, and I Don't Want to Be Big. Prior to becoming an author, she worked as a texture painter for visual effects in film, contributing to such movies as the Matrix Trilogy. She lives in Albany, California, with her husband, two daughters, some dogs, and other critters.

Ana Aranda (anaranda.com) also illustrated The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (by Marc Tyler Nobleman). She was born and raised in Mexico City, and completed her undergraduate studies in illustration in France. She now lives in San Francisco, where she has painted murals in the Mission District, for the Consulate General of Mexico, and for the prestigious de Young Museum. Her biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2016
I Don't Want to Be a Frog
Age Range
3 - 7 years

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