Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Summary: Room 26 has a new pet: Og the Frog. Og started his career as a classroom pet in Room 27, but George the bullfrog was something of a bully, so Og got moved next door. He enjoys watching the kids (whom he calls “big tads”), thinks Mrs. Brisbane is a pretty great teacher, and is intrigued by his excitable hamster neighbor, but Og sometimes wishes he was back in the swamp. He was “frognapped” by a fisherman, then given to the man’s grandson who is a student in room 27. A herpetologist from a nearby nature center visits the classroom to tell the kids more about Og, and she informs them that Og can’t be released back into the wild (he may have picked up human germs that he would spread to other frogs). The kids–and Og–have to decide if it’s best for him to stay in the classroom or if he should move to the nature center. Of course, Og ends up staying in school, and readers can hope to hear more from the new frog in the future. 160 pages; grades 2-5.
Pros: Fans of the Humphrey series will be clamoring for a new book about a frog who is every bit as endearing as Room 26’s hamster is. Og is a poet, and kids may be inspired to try to match some of his rhymes; they’ll also learn a bit about frogs and conservation.
Cons: I was hoping Og and Humphrey would find a way to communicate, but all Og hears from Humphrey is a bunch of squeaking.