Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

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Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Category: For Sharing
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Ruth Ng
Reviewed by Ruth Ng
Summary: Laugh out loud funny, with great illustrations!
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: February 2014
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1444910858

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Normally I would shy away from any book rhyming frog with log and cat with hat and hare with chair...normally it would fill me with a sense of dread to be faced with such a 'poem' to read. This time, however, I make an exception, because Oi Frog! is very funny and definitely worth a read, and again, and again!

Cat is busy telling frog off, saying that frog should be sitting on a log. Frog, however, doesn't want to sit on a log. Frog then runs through the various other options of where he could sit, but for each one cat has an answer...cat himself is sitting on a mat, hare is on the chair, mule is on the stool! Whatever new item frog comes up with, cat has a response. Did you know that gophers sit on sofas? Or that foxes sit on boxes whilst gorillas sit on pillars? As you can probably imagine, the seating arrangements get more and more ridiculous (my favourites might be the puffins sitting on muffins!) until, finally, frog asks what dogs sit on. Cat says I was hoping you weren't going to ask that so of course we find out, from the next picture, that dogs sit on frogs!

This is wonderfully silly, and the ridiculous rhymes are meant to be ridiculous. The illustrations are marvellous - full of fun and very colourful. Not many of the animals look particularly happy about where they are sitting. I like the fed up, crossed arms, rolled-eyes expression of the poor gorilla on the pillar, as well as the seal sitting on a wheel. There's something fun to look at on each page, and the pages whizz by so fluidly, so easily, that the books just cries out for a second reading immediately!

This would be fun to read aloud at playgroup or nursery, with older toddlers, and would also work well within key stage one too. Saying that, I just read it through three times before writing this review and it still made me chuckle so there you have it, ridiculous rhyming fun for everyone!

You might also chuckle over Dodo Doo Doo by Kaye Umansky and Korky Paul or What can you Stack on the Back of a Yak? by Alison Green and Adam Stower

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