I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty, illustrated by Mike Boldt

Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers

Summary:  A young frog wants to be another animal, maybe a cat, a rabbit, a pig, or an owl.  Frogs are too wet, slimy, and bug-eating.  His father argues that there is nothing wrong with being a frog, but his son remains unconvinced.  Along comes a hungry wolf, who tells the young frog that cats, rabbits, pigs, and owls are all on his menu, but that frogs are too wet, slimy, and bug-eating.  “I guess you can’t fight nature,” concludes the frog at last.  “We are what we are.”

Pros:  A lesson in self-acceptance, well-disguised in an entertaining story; with lots of funny dialogue related through cartoon bubbles, and vibrant comical illustrations.

Cons:  Wolves eat kitties and bunnies?

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