Perfect Picture Book Friday – No Frogs In School

Welcome back to Perfect Picture Book Friday, Everyone!

After a summer of not reviewing, I have so many books I want to share that it’s hard to choose just one!  But I opted for one that had a connection to school since a lot of us are pretty focused on that this week!  I hope you like it, too! 🙂

No Frogs In School

Title: No Frogs In School

Written By: A. LaFaye

Illustrated By: Eglantine Ceulemans

Sterling Children’s Books, August 2018, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 4-7

Themes/Topics: pets, following rules, school

Opening: “Bartholomew Botts loved pets.  Hoppy pets, hairy pets, and scaly pets.He loved them all so much that he couldn’t go to school without one.”

Brief Synopsis:  Bartholomew Botts loves his pets so much that he wants to bring one to school.  But his teacher, Mr. Patanoose, has a whole lot of rules about what’s allowed in school!  Is there a way to follow the rules and still have a pet in school?

Links To Resources: make your own jumping frog (easy video tutorial); Frog Activities And Fun Ideas For Kids (crafts, games, recipes, etc.)

Why I Like This Book: Bartholomew is endearing, and his love for his pets is so genuine and relatable!  Who among us hasn’t wanted to bring a pet to school at least once?  I love that Bartholomew doesn’t limit his choice of pet to cute and furry.  Yes, he has a hamster, but he also has a frog and a salamander and a snake…among others :)… and he loves and appreciates them all.  I love how earnestly he tries to respect his teacher’s rules while still trying to find a way for his pets to accompany him.  And I love the clever solution he engineers at the end 🙂  The illustrations are lively and fun, and kids will have a great time finding all the animals on every page.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!  (And I apologize in advance – something has changed about the google form and spreadsheet and it looks wrong… I will try to figure out how to fix it before next week!)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂

16 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – No Frogs In School

  1. Diane Tulloch says:

    Yay! PPBF is back. Hi Susanna hope you enjoyed your summer break. I’m looking forward to our summer now that spring has finally come. This story you have shared is great for kids starting school. Kids here would probably bring, Frogs, slugs, worms, spiders and wetas. 🙂

  2. ptnozell says:

    Welcome back, Susanna! Great choice for back-to-school week. I actually kicked off a new day/new Perfect Pairing post earlier this week with two school books: Adventures to School & All are Welcome. Despite the steamy weather – it feels like fall!

  3. Patricia Tilton says:

    So happy to see you back, Susanna! Perfect choice for the beginning of the school year. Saw a copy of this book and just loved the story! I loved the humor and the child’s bravery. Who hasn’t tried to sneak something to school. Great review!

  4. Sue Heavenrich says:

    yay! we’re back in school – er, I mean PPBF! I love your review of No Frogs in School – and can’t wait to read it. Will hop on down to the libr-ribbit-ary to get a copy.

  5. Genevieve Petrillo says:

    Mom’s old classroom had LOTS of pets – frogs included – after they grew from tadpoles. Bartholomew would work out fine in there…. Of course, feeding the frogs could be an issue. Once when a cricket got loose, Mom wanted to quit her job and burn down the school. The janitor caught it and saved the school! Whew!

    Love and licks,

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