A non-fiction book all about frogs! Without further ado let’s hop right into…
Frogs have it all going on - weird eyes, special tongues, sticky pads on their fingers, breathing underwater, the ability to make their own ‘sun cream’ for those hot days, these guys and girls have no end of marvellous features that I cannot help but just be a little bit envious of. Owen Davey introduces readers to an incredible assortment of frogs of all different shapes, sizes, colours and from all different continents with the exception of Antartica. Readers get to meet the average frog to those that are blessed with incredible special powers. From the ability to camouflage to freezing themselves over winter and then thawing out for spring, frogs really are fantastic. I have no doubt that readers eyes will be drawn to the colourful frogs but don’t be fooled by the reds, oranges, yellow, blues and purples, these are warning signs and getting too close to many of these poisonous frogs will have disastrous consequences.
Davey serves up everything readers could want to know about frogs and there is certainly a lot to know. All the basic information is included as is lesser known information that covers communication, camouflage and some very unusual birthing methods. A delightful awards feature recognises the special abilities of frogs including; most transparent, loudest, best impersonator, creepiest and deadliest. On a quirkier note, there is information on frog mythology and the significance of the frog to some cultures. The book concludes with a conservation plea and what readers can do to help.
Page layouts have great variety and each turn of the page holds great anticipation and excitement at what might come next. Everything is incredibly appealing, paragraphs of text are informative yet keep things brief, froggy facts are presented in small bite size chunks of text and the illustrations are incredibly stylish. The whole book is clear, concise and perfectly pitched - it is a superb non-fiction book. My personal favourite pages are the life size illustrations and size comparisons. We meet a frog who is as a large as a 30cm ruler and one that you could fit on your finger tip.
Frog-tastic! I never knew frogs were so fascinating! Owen Davey does a superb job in educating the reader on these most interesting of amphibians. Hop, hop, hop on down to your local library or bookshop to check this one out.
Recommended for 7+.