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I Hate Froggy

Klara asked me to read her “Froggy Goes to the Library” book 5 times in a row today. I knew it was coming, of course, but I thought it wasn’t going to be until she’s four or five. I have no idea how she can sit through such a long and complex story at this age. And it doesn’t even rhyme. 

The worst part is that I don’t like Froggy. The story is about a little boy who is active and curious but everybody constantly screams him down and shames him for being a normal boy and not a creepy robot who sits still and speaks in a whisper.

I had no idea what the book was going to be like because I don’t know these characters. I still can’t tell Elmo from Curious George. (By the way, what’s up with Llama Llama’s father? Where is he? I’m starting to get horrible suspicions.) I only got Froggy because he was on sale. And now I know why.

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10 thoughts on “I Hate Froggy

  1. Shakti on said:

    At least it wasn’t “Press Here” by Herve Tullet?

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  2. Elmo is red and fuzzy, on Sesame Street, and is almost constantly cheerful. Curious George is a monkey who is probably illegally poached and brought to live in the city with a man who constantly leaves him unattended in public places and is then surprised and angry at the chaos an unattended monkey can cause.

    One of my favorite books when I was younger was “The Monster at the End of This Book”

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  3. David Bellamy on said:

    In my experience, children love the show Sesame Street, My daughter thought it was wonderful from about Klara’s age.

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  4. My daughter (3) and I have really enjoyed every book we have read by Mo Willems.


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    • Thank you! I want suggestions. I have a girl here whose favorite word is books. So we constantly need more.

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      • Socal dendrite on said:

        Ooh, you want suggestions?! Here are some of our favourites:

        Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: “Room on the Broom” (try to get the UK version – they changed the best line in the US version!), “The Snail and the Whale”, “Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book”, “Monkey Puzzle”. (She might be a bit young still for some of these, but they are delightful with lovely fun illustrations.)

        Janet and Allan Ahlberg: “Peek-a-boo”, “Each Peach, Pear, Plum”, “The Baby’s Catalogue” (These are all quite old-fashioned but wonderful. I have a special soft spot for Peek-a-boo because it is set in post-war northern England and the terraced house (and everything in it) look just like my Grandma’s house 🙂 The Baby’s Catalogue has no story, but my children love looking through it.

        Many books by Dr Seuss eg Horton Hatches the Egg. Although some of these can be annoying if you are requested to read them over and over… I have enough trouble getting to the end of Green Eggs and Ham once, let alone four times!

        Some of the Mr Men books. Again, these are old-fashioned and some of the messages might not always pass muster today but my kids seem to love them and get them off the shelves very often. the small format ones are also great for slipping into a handbag. We have Mr Fussy, Mr Strong, and Mr Messy. I’ve steered clear of the Little Miss books so far.

        If she doesn’t already have them: Little Blue Truck and Dear Zoo.

        On the non-fiction side, these two are winners in our house:
        DK First Animal Encyclopedia (in fact, most DK books are pretty great)
        Nat Geo Little Kids Big First Book of Space (and others in that series).

        🙂

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  5. Shakti on said:

    Cordoroy by Don Freeman.
    It’s anachronistic but IDK.

    Most of the books I bought for kids were for older kids.
    For example I got Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman but that’s for an older child. It’s fun to read out loud though.

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