|Also by written and/or illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet:
There's nothing not to love about Matthew Van Fleet's Monday the Bullfrog, a concept book on colors
and the days of the week (and, incidentally, a frog's diet) that hides a scream of laughter and surprise on the last page.
A bright, sturdy hand puppet and board book in one, Monday the Bullfrog fits
both parents and kids. Monday the Bullfrog is always hungry, and as the week progresses his voracious appetite leads him to some unexpected meals - including a mouse and
a crab, along with more pedestrian insect fare.
A bit of each tasty creature protrudes from Monday's gaping maw;
children who have ever witnessed a real live frog eating a dragonfly will recognize the look.
Some of the jutting tails and wings invite tactile
exploration, crinkling and crunching when handled. Just when it seems that the
big-eyed bullfrog could not possibly fit in another morsel at week's end, his most surprising entree is exposed by a shiny mirror - you! - in a reveal just begging for a big munching tickle from
the ravenous amphibian.
Monday's goofy eyes-wide-open gaze tempers the cutesy illustrations that define some of Van Fleet's other work (Tails and Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, for example), taking this offering to a higher level.
Parents will enjoy playing with Monday the Bullfrog (almost) as much as the youngest book and animal lovers.