The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book

Keith Faulkner, Author, Jonathan Lambert, Illustrator, Rory Tyger, Illustrator Dial Books $14.99 (16p) ISBN 978-0-8037-1875-3
A curious frog goes a bit too far when querying his neighbors about their eating habits in this simplified, pop-up version of a traditional American tale. ""I'm a wide-mouthed frog and I eat flies,"" he announces, demonstrating in flamboyant, 3-D splendor just how he got the appellation ""wide-mouthed."" Each spread features a different animal describing its meal of choice, including a blue-feathered bird (worms and slugs), a furry brown mouse (seeds and berries) and, finally, ominously, a big, green alligator. The creatures are depicted in sunny colors and and show off uncomplicated but large, well-constructed pop-up beaks, whiskers and snouts. When the alligator answers that he eats ""delicious wide-mouthed frogs,"" Frog's comical response, resulting in a climactic fold-out ""Splash!"" will have readers giggling aloud. Ages 2-6. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1996
Release date: 03/01/1996
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