Published by Scholastic (Released May 5)
Summary: Dog wants to be friends with three frogs, but he can’t hop or leap like they can. When a poorly-aimed leap results in a collision between Dog’s head and a bee’s nest, the frogs send him on his way. But when a bear appears, Dog does a repeat with the bees and saves the day. The frogs learn to appreciate Dog for who he is, and the four become friends. 48 pages; ages 3-6.
Pros: This is another entry into the Scholastic Acorn imprint for emergent readers. This series is quite a bit simpler than others I’ve seen, probably a Fountas and Pinnell level C or D versus the G/H levels of other series. The silly (in a good way) cartoon-style illustrations tell a lot of the story, which will appeal to readers at this level.
Cons: This book seems to be only available in paperback or the $20+ library bound format, which is ridiculous for a simple book like this. Follett has a version for $10.91, but that’s more geared to the library market.