There's Nothing to Do! (I Don't Want to Be a Frog #3)

by Dev Petty (Author) Mike Boldt (Illustrator)

A Bank Street College of Education 2018

Best Children's Book of the Year

In another hilarious book from the I Don't Want to be a Frog series, young Frog learns an unexpected lesson about how NOT to be bored. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems's Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back! Frog is bored. He can't find ANYTHING to do--even when his animal friends make good suggestions, like sleeping all day, licking between his toes, or hopping around and then staring off into space. Will he find a fun and exciting way to spend his day? Featuring the beloved characters from I Don't Want to Be a Frog and I Don't Want to Be Big, this new story is sure to bring a smile to every kid who's ever said "There's nothing to do!" And look for the other books starring Frog: I Don't Want to Be a Frog, I Don't Want to Be Big and I Don't Want to Go to Sleep.

★ "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

"In a structured, overstimulated world, downtime needs to be appreciated, and this small amphibian shows the way."--Kirkus

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Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

The malcontented frog from I Don't Want to Be a Frog and I Don't Want to Be Big is at a loss about what to do with his day. "You can't think of anything?" his father asks, working on a crossword puzzle. "I can think of lots of things... buuuuut I don't want to do any of them," replies the frog, wearing an expression that suggests he can't believe his father would even ask such a question. Friends' suggestions do nothing for the frog ("You should lick between your toes for a while," proposes Cat), who eventually realizes that doing nothing--or at least being present in the moment--can be something in itself. Snappy, spot-on dialogue pairs ideally with the outsize drama of Boldt's artwork; reading this book belongs on families' to-do lists. Ages 3-7. Agent: Jennifer Rofe, Andrea Brown Literary. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-- So what do you do when there is absolutely nothing to do? Nothing. That is the premise behind Petty's latest. The story follows an uneventful day in the life of Frog as he solicits advice from his animal friends, owl and pig, about how he should spend his day. Instead of offering suggestions that are of benefit to Frog, both owl and pig give quirky, self-indulgent advice ranging from sleeping all day to sniffing dirt. Frog soon becomes disenchanted when he realizes that the advice from his friends only prove that they don't have any clues about what he should do, either. Later, Frog has an epiphany and concludes that doing nothing is a great way to spend the day. Although the story attempts to use humor as a vehicle to teach a lesson about boredom, it is only mildly entertaining. Filled with cliches and semi-comedic dialogue, the story lacks any real lessons of value. On the one hand, Frog learns that in doing nothing he can find enlightenment. He then gets the idea that it would be better to do nothing as opposed to going to school. On a positive note, vibrant illustrations do make the book visually appealing, and the use of dialogue boxes make the text easy to read. VERDICT with minor humor and a lackluster story line, this book would add little value to library collections.-- Andrea Jamison, Lincoln Elementary School, Calumet City, IL

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Dev Petty
Dev Petty's ( 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 ( 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
September 20, 2017
I Don't Want to Be a Frog
Age Range
3 - 7 years

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