Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: 999 Frogs and a Little Brother by Ken Kimura


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
Everybody's favorite frogs are back in Ken Kimura and Yasunari Murakami's ticklish tale about size! "Are you my big brother?" The last (and littlest) tadpole to be born is thrilled to hear that anyone thinks he's BIG—even if it's a baby crayfish. And the two form a fast friendship, until deep in the night Mommy crayfish finds her baby and takes him home. But when the little tadpole finally becomes a frog, he doesn't forget his little brother and it all pays off when the little frog meets a BIG snake! Who will save the 999 frog brothers? Never underestimate the size of true friendship!
MY TAKE:
I'm not fond of frogs or tadpoles, or crayfish, for that matter, but I enjoyed this book a lot.

In 999 Frogs and a Little Brother, a frog that develops slower than the rest of his brothers forms a friendship with a tiny baby crayfish who mistakes him as his big brother. When Big Brother frog is chased by a snake while looking for Little Brother crayfish, who will be able to save him?

I thought this story was very cute, charming and sweet. I had a smile on my face almost the entire time I was reading this. The baby crayfish was an endearing thing, and so was the big brother frog. I think that kids who are feeling left out by their older siblings or peers will empathize with the frog. I think mothers, on the other hand, will be able to relate to the mommy crayfish and her protective, caring nature. I certainly did.

Thanks to NetGalley and NorthSouth for the e-ARC. Publication date of 999 Frogs and a Little Brother is on March 1, 2015.

THE GOOD:

  1. It is a sweet story.
  2. Kids who are feeling left out may be able to relate and find hope in the story of the frog and crayfish.
  3. It teaches a good lesson about friendship.

THE BAD:

  1. I would have liked it more if the colors used for the illustrations were brighter and more eye-catching. 

READ IT IF:

  1. Your child is feeling left out.
  2. Your child likes frogs.
  3. Your child likes funny stories about friendship. 

RATING:
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