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. Volume IX Number 21 . . . . June 20, 2003
Livingston does a terrific job with her light rhyming text. The words trip off the reader's tongue. This book is a pleasure to read out loud. The author creates an amusing character that kids will love. The illustrator does a fantastic job with his acrylic paint illustrations. I love everything about this book even the comical end pages showing Finklehopper stretching for his jog. The pictures are so vibrant that Finklehopper Frog is leaping off the page. The pictures are full of little details to be discovered, like the glass of water spilt out on the floor in the shape of a webbed frog's foot. The store scene even has signs like "Really Big + Tall" and "Really Short + Small" which has a little turtle browsing the rack with her four baby turtles escaping from the baby carriage. Finklehopper is the main character of this book, but there are many other colourful animals that draw the reader's eye. This is a book that kids will want to read over and over again.
Finklehopper Frog is a highly recommended purchase for public and school libraries. This title would also make a great gift choice and perfect pick for storytimes. I'll be buying a copy of this book for every kid I know and watching for more titles by this terrific writing and illustrating duo!
As the result of another exciting Northern move, Catherine Hoyt is now living and working in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. She is a volunteer at one of the most northern public libraries in Canada.
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