Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Tim Hopgood

Published by Candlewick Press 

Summary:  “Did you know that there are more than 5,000 kinds of frogs?” begins this book, and then proceeds to describe some of the more unusual ones.  There are big frogs and little ones, poisonous frogs, and frogs that can jump sixteen feet, appear to fly, and live buried underground for years.  The last two pages include eight more frog portraits, a very short index, and a recommended website for learning more.  32 pages; ages 5-8.

Pros:  This would be a great nonfiction read-aloud for young animal lovers.  The big, colorful illustrations (by Tim Hopgood, how perfect is that?) nicely complement the conversational text.

Cons:  My curiosity at how the Australian water-holding frog lives underground for “years and years” in a very small hole was not satisfied.

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