Synopses & Reviews
From transparent glass frogs and ravenous rattlesnakes to sticky geckos and stressed-out skinks, this slithery spectacle showcases once again Douglas Florian's incomparable skill for making poetry informative, fun--and irresistible!
"Like Florian's Insectlopedia and Mammalabilia, this volume contains witty poems filled with comic word play this time about 21 scaly, slimy creatures. With the droll verbal dexterity of J. Patrick Lewis and the just slightly naughty humor of Jack Prelutsky, Florian regales his readers with unexpected rhymes. 'It's wise to stay clear/ Of the dangerous cobra,' he warns, 'all the months of the year,/ Including Octobra.' A picture of a costumed child holding a jack-o'-lantern is accompanied by the verse 'I wouldn't wanna/ Be an iguana / Except for Halloween.' From the Midwife Toad ('On Dad's back the eggs are toted./ To his kids he's toadally devoted') to the Poison-Dart Frogs, Florian finds mischievous reptile lore that will make young readers laugh. At first glance his illustrations seem less varied than in the previous books, but these bug-eyed amphibians have a low-key style of their own. The newt reads the 'Newt News' paper, and the Glass Frog camouflaged on a leaf labels various parts of the painting either 'me' or 'leaf.' The medium is different, too: here Florian uses watercolors and collage elements atop brown paper bags. The warm, familiar tones and soft lines belie the idiosyncrasy of the compositions these frogs and friends don't necessarily jump out at readers, but continually take them by surprise. Ages 5-10." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Lots of fun for a wide age range--including adults."--Booklist
"Florian finds mischievous reptile lore that will make young readers laugh."--Publishers Weekly
"A delightfully poetic peek into the world of reptiles and amphibians . . .children will giggle and holler for more."--The Boston Herald
Twenty-one toadally hilarious reptile and amphibian poems from bestselling poet and painter Douglas Florian!
About the Author
DOUGLAS FLORIAN is the creator of many acclaimed poetry picture books, including lizards, frogs, and polliwogs, a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year; mammalabilia, an ABA's Pick of the Lists; and insectlopedia, a New York Times bestseller, ALA Notable Children's Book, and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives with his family in New York City.