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Monday, a bullfrog with a big appetite, eats a different delicacy each day, ending with a sweet surprise on Saturday. Lift-the-flaps invite preschoolers to guess at the day's menu while practising colours and days of the week.


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Monday, a bullfrog with a big appetite, eats a different delicacy each day, ending with a sweet surprise on Saturday. Lift-the-flaps invite preschoolers to guess at the day's menu while practising colours and days of the week.

30 review for Monday the Bullfrog

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie Cardillo

    Title Monday the Bullfrog Author: Matthew Van Fleet Monday Illustrator: Skip Skwarek Genre: Toy Theme(s): Days of the week, Colors, Animals, Insects Opening line/sentence: “Monday the bullfrog is always hungry.” Brief Book Summary: This book is in the form of a plush frog that is also a puppet. It is a about what the frog eats each day of the week, and each thing that the frog eats is of a certain color and attributed with a plush appendage. The last thing that he eats is you, the reader, as you see y Title Monday the Bullfrog Author: Matthew Van Fleet Monday Illustrator: Skip Skwarek Genre: Toy Theme(s): Days of the week, Colors, Animals, Insects Opening line/sentence: “Monday the bullfrog is always hungry.” Brief Book Summary: This book is in the form of a plush frog that is also a puppet. It is a about what the frog eats each day of the week, and each thing that the frog eats is of a certain color and attributed with a plush appendage. The last thing that he eats is you, the reader, as you see yourself in a mirror. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Karen Leggett (Children's Literature) This book-puppet-toy is in the tradition of nursery rhymes with a thread of unpleasantness or even violence. It is indeed true that bullfrogs will eat anything that fits into their mouth, and plush, colorful Monday the Bullfrog has a big appetite. Each day of the week, whatever Monday eats is written on his heavy board tongue and crafted out of puffy fabric--butterfly, mouse, crab, caterpillar, firefly, and fish. On Saturday he wanted something sweet, so Monday ate YOU and his tongue turns into a mirror. The design of the book is clever and could lead to fun, silly interactions between reader and small child. However, naming the bullfrog Monday in a book featuring the days of the week is confusing, and it is disconcerting to have all the various insects and animals smiling gleefully as they are being eaten. 2006, Simon & Schuster, $16.95. Ages 1 to 2. (PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster $16.95., PUBLISHED: 2006) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Sharon Schulz-Elsing/2006 for curled up with a good kid's book There's nothing not to love about Matthew Van Fleet's Monday the Bullfrog, a concept book on colors and the days of the week (and, incidentally, a frog's diet) that hides a scream of laughter and surprise on the last page. A bright, sturdy hand puppet and board book in one, Monday the Bullfrog fits both parents and kids. Monday the Bullfrog is always hungry, and as the week progresses his voracious appetite leads him to some unexpected meals - including a mouse and a crab, along with more pedestrian insect fare. A bit of each tasty creature protrudes from Monday's gaping maw; children who have ever witnessed a real live frog eating a dragonfly will recognize the look. Some of the jutting tails and wings invite tactile exploration, crinkling and crunching when handled. Just when it seems that the big-eyed bullfrog could not possibly fit in another morsel at week's end, his most surprising entree is exposed by a shiny mirror - you! - in a reveal just begging for a big munching tickle from the ravenous amphibian. Monday's goofy eyes-wide-open gaze tempers the cutesy illustrations that define some of Van Fleet's other work (Tails and Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, for example), taking this offering to a higher level. Parents will enjoy playing with Monday the Bullfrog (almost) as much as the youngest book and animal lovers. Response to Two Professional Reviews: Both reviewers note that this book teaches children about the days of the week, colors, and what frogs eat (with the exception of you). I agree with the first review that it is confusing that the frog’s name is Monday. The first reviewer states how it’s disturbing that the animals and insects are smiling after being eaten, while the second review does not mention this. Evaluation of Literary Elements: The silly and enthusiastic expressions on the characters lighten up the fact that the frog has eaten them. This book has been intentionally been designed for very young readers due to it playful nature. The plot consists of the frog’s daily diet and cravings, eventually leading up to its desire to “eat” the reader. Moreover, the mirror at the end is an excellent touch to the text because the reader is actually seeing themself in the frog’s mouth. Consideration of Instructional Application: A consideration for my classroom would be to have my students put on a puppet show reenacting the story with the use of this frog and other various props and puppets. Another consideration is to be like the frog and eat something different each day. Through this, I can promote healthy eating. For example, Monday I can have the students eat apples, Tuesday, I can bring the students celery, and so on.  

  2. 4 out of 5

    K.C. Gardner

    Children adore this puppet book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mickey Reville

    A book about a frog for early readers. Great book to teach basic shapes and animal science.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth Lindsay

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pamela L. Rathjen

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  8. 5 out of 5

    Otoria Swaino

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    Joedy

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wissahickon Valley Public Library

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    Susan M

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aishe

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Zaikov

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Rasmussen

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    Kelly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Deivanayagam

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Scheuerman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  20. 4 out of 5

    Keegan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cristen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Momma Brin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Penny Carstens

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cecile

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Hrubik

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jt

  28. 4 out of 5

    India Menon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie Goad

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