Frog and Fly

by Jeff Mack (Author)

Frog and Fly
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Six slurpy stories, two comical combatants, and one laugh-out-loud picture book

Frog and Fly are constant companions. There is only one problem . . . Frog thinks Fly is delicious! This leads to a never-ending battle of wits with laugh-out- loud consequences. Told in six short comic stripstyle chapters, Frog and Fly will delight kids and leave them begging for yet another slurpy story.

Publishers Weekly

A frog with a sticky--and sharp--tongue, and a friendly fly are a dynamic comedic team in six brief, silly episodes perfect for beginning readers. Tricky Frog usually gets the upper hand, ending up with a tasty fly snack in most of the pair's exchanges. "Nice to eet you?" Frog says to Fly in the first story. "No. Nice to meet you," corrects Fly, before Frog gets the last laugh in the final panels. "SLURP! No. Nice to eat you!" Each vignette turns on a simple joke, as Mack (Hush Little Polar Bear) plays with language, opposites, and sound effects to land his punch lines; in one story, after Dog and Frog send Fly away with a "Yuck! Shoo, Fly!" Frog welcomes him with a "Yum! Good morning, Fly!" Young readers will enjoy watching the jokes play out in Mack's crisp comic-book panels, which are peppered with clearly lettered dialogue and thought bubbles. This expressive and personable duo provides a spot-on brand of joke book-style humor that children will find plenty entertaining. Ages 3-6. Agent: Ruben Pfeffer, East/West Literary Agency. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2--Frog always seems to get the better of Fly in these scenarios. But never fear, Fly outwits him in the end. Frog manages to set Fly up for a punch line that involves Frog "slurping" him up in five funny ways. In the last scene, though, Fly manages to get Frog to stick his tongue on a "frog-slurping" bear and sees him slurped up in the end. Each of the short stories has minimal text, making this book suitable for beginning readers, but the humorous antics of Frog and Fly will be enjoyed by preschoolers as well. Bright, cartoonlike illustrations fill the pages, some of which have two panels clearly delineated by white frames, adding to the cartoon feel. This would be a fun reader's theater for storytime or classroom use.--Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN

Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Selected for the Pennsylvania Book Award—The Baker's Dozen
"One of the very best picture books of 2012"
Jeff Mack
Originally from Syracuse, NY, Jeff Mack ( grew up fascinated by monsters and robots. He built his own pinball machines from cardboard boxes, and created comic books about his four siblings being devoured by monsters. Now at home in Western Massachusetts, he continues to write, paint, and talk with school groups about his various projects. Jeff is the author/illustrator of such books as Good News Bad News and Ah Ha! Follow @jeffmackbooks
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Philomel Books
Publication date
March 20, 2012
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