Perfect Picture Book Friday: Bullfrog Pops!

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Bullfrog Pops!

Written by Rick Walton

Illustrated by Chris McCallister

Gibbs Smith 2011

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Themes: Frogs, Language Arts

Synopsis: (from author’s website) From the author of the “hopaway” hit Once There Was a Bull…(frog) (my review of Once There was a Bull…(frog)) comes this tale of mouth-watering proportions!
Last seen hopping a … stagecoach and finding his hop, our hero is now on an eye-popping eating binge trying to cure his insatiable appetite.
Woven through the western town of Ravenous Gulch, the story leaves a cast of many hopping mad. However, just as things look bleak, transitive and intransitive verbs turn the tables, taking Bullfrog on another adventure.
As Bullfrog’s appetite and waistline grow, the townsfolk can’t help but gather … food for Bullfrog.
Will Bullfrog hang…
those pictures back up?
Will Bullfrog pop…?
Only Rick Walton and Chris McAllister will tell as their expertly crafted tale unfolds…
(or should we say, pops?)

Opening: (page turns at elipses) Once there was a bullfrog who hopped…
…a stagecoach and rode far away. After many miles, he came to the town or Ravenous Gulch. Bullfrog was hot. He was dirty. He had not showered in many days. And he smelled…
…PIZZA!

Resources: Bullfrog Pops! is all about verbs, and Rick Walton has excellent extension activities on his website. Find ten suggestions HERE. And, HERE is a list of verbs that can be transitive and intransitive. Since Bullfrog ate everything he saw, Rick  has nursery rhymes with food HERE.

Why I Like This Book: This is the third Rick Walton book I have reviewed. Wordplay is one of my favorite things, and he does a great job with it in his books. His books are a fun additions to language arts curriculum. The book keeps the reader guessing with each page turn, so it is a great read aloud.

Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.

An Alaphabet For Brave Jedi: Renn

Renn is a brave five year old who is in the hospital while doctors run tests to try to figure out how to control his epileptic seizures. Susanna Leonard Hill organized a group of us who are hoping to cheer up this little Jedi as he cooped up in a hospital room. To learn more about Renn’s journey you can go to The Brain Of A Jedi, a blog his mom created. To visit all of the posts dedicated to Renn, visit Susanna Hill’s blog and click on the links.

I think Jedi, Renn, deserves his own alphabet…it takes that many letters to describe how brave he is.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, RENN!

Perfect Picture Book Friday-Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella

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Written by Tony Johnston

Illustrated by James Warhola

Publisher: Puffin 2000

Ages 4-8

Themes: Fractured fairytales

Synopsis: What becomes a Bigfoot most? This silly twist on a favorite fairy tale clears up that question (and more) with humor and style. The Bigfoot prince is looking for a wife. But his perfect mate must meet some stringent criteria: she must be odoriferous, have lots of matted fur and be the kind of nature lover that never picks flowers. Finding such a catch isn’t easy, so the prince throws a forest-wide fun-fest at which all the female Bigfeet can compete for him. Rrrrrella is a good candidate but her wicked stepsisters (who wear wildflowers in their well-groomed fur) won’t let her attend. With help from her Beary Godfather, Rrrrrella wows the prince at the fun-fest and leaves a giant bark-clog in her wake.

Opening: Once upon a time, in the old-growth forest, a band of Bigfoots lived. An enormous snag towered above the other trees close to their camp. Inside its hollow halls of bark lived a dashing Bigfoot prince.
He was tall and dark as a Douglas fir—with feet like cedar stumps. He was as odoriferous as his tree-home was coniferous. And so horrendously hairy that Bigfoot women near and far longed to marry him.

Resources: This book is an excellent model for students to write their own fairy tale. HERE is an interactive tool for students to write their own fractured fairy tales. HERE is an excellent guide for a Fairy Tale/Storybook Characters Unit for younger students. It can easily be adapted for older students.

Why I Like This Book: I am a huge fractured fairy tale fan and this book is such a treat. Not only is the prince looking for a woman Bigfoot tough enough to roll him off a log into the river, he wants a wants a woman who is a nature lover like him. This combination makes Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella an excellent choice for the classroom. It is delightfully humorous, and will appeal to boys as well as girls.

Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, or just looking for a great book to read. Here is a list of books by category. Each book listed has a link to a review, information about that book, and resources for activities. There is also an alphabetical list.