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Foreman, Michael: Superfrog!

Foreman, Michael


Andersen, 2011, pp32, 10.99 [pounds sterling]

978 1 84939 209 9


For some unknown reason, frogs feature in several picture books that I have reviewed for this journal. Most of them have been excellent. Superfrog! definitely comes into the category of adventures starring frogs, tadpoles and frogspawn. Being by Michael Foreman means it is also excellent.

In Pond City everything is fine. Little Frank enjoys an easy life, sitting on the edge of the pond reading his comic. But all is not well. At night, an ugly mob of gangster frogs drag themselves from 'the deep, dark depths and muddy murk' to terrorise the peaceful citizens and kidnap frogspawn and tadpoles. One night Frank's granny is attacked. Frank knows that he must do something so gathering breath and strength together, he plunges into the underworld to confront and defeat the thugs.

Although an unusual theme for Michael Foreman, this story is illustrated with his usual verve with images full of life and colour. There is a nice little twist at the end of the story to add some extra fun. It will be an enjoyable addition to any KS1 library.

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Author:Goodwin, Prue
Publication:School Librarian
Article Type:Children's review
Date:Jun 22, 2011
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