Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Froggy Gets A DoggyFroggy Gets a Doggy, by Jonathan London, 32 pages.
@SPL:  JP Londo   

Froggy fans will know that this youngster leads a complicated life! Nothing seems to be easy for him. In previous stories, riding a bike, learning to swim, baking a cake and even just getting dressed have all landed Froggy in quite a pickle.

In the latest story about this intrepid amphibian, Froggy is getting a pet.

At the animal shelter Mom tries to interest Froggy in a pet bunny, a white mouse or even a baby alligator. Nothing doing – his heart is set on a dog!

Soon a pooch with big brown eyes captures the hearts of Froggy, Mom and baby sister Pollywogilina. They adopt it and take it home.

Froggy soon discovers that Mom is correct - caring for a dog is a lot of work! It needs to be fed, bathed and walked. It needs to wear a leash away from home, and a “pooper scooper” is essential. A dog can get into lots of mischief, so it needs constant attention and supervision.

Froggy then makes another discovery … a pooch’s slobbery kisses, friendship and love make all the care and work entirely worthwhile!

This entertaining story, with its lessons about responsibility and pet care, is the 23rd title in the beloved Froggy series of picture books by Jonathan London, who has a special place in his heart for adopted pets.  

** Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years.

If You Happen to Have A DinosaurIf You Happen to Have a Dinosaur, by Linda Bailey, 40 pages.
@SPL:  JP Baile   

If you happen, by some chance, to have a dinosaur lounging around your house, eating you out of house and home, there are many ways to make use of your colossal-sized houseguest!

With its gigantic feet, a dinosaur could grind coffee, mash potatoes or crack walnuts. Its horns could open cans of food and its sharp teeth could shred paper. At night, its presence would certainly deter any would-be burglars.

Outside the house, your dino could mow (or eat) the grass, trim the trees, dig a garden, wash your windows and clean out roof drains. Just think how impressed and envious your neighbours would be!

On rainy days, a dinosaur’s long neck and tail could be a perfect umbrella for the whole neighbourhood. In winter, it could plow snow. In the summer, lined up by the pool, your dino would make an exciting new water slide.

Best of all, a hungry dinosaur would be a great excuse for “forgetting” your homework.

Children will have fun thinking of more nonsensical ways in which a dinosaur could be useful. Paired with goofy illustrations, this picture book will delight the funny bone and the imagination. After all, what young child isn’t fascinated by dinosaurs?

Canadian author Linda Bailey is the author of Toads on Toast and the popular Stanley The Dog series.

** Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years.
This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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