A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall, illustrated by Vera Brosgol


A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall, illustrated by Vera Brosgol, Greenwillow Books, 2022. 9780062890290

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? This witch has a cooking show!  She is going to demonstrate how to make her favorite treat, Frog Soup.  She puts her cauldron on the fire, fills it with water, adds salt, pepper, garlic, potatoes, carrots and fly extract. Then the most important ingredient: frogs. She has an aquarium full. But hey, they don’t want to stay on the spoon, they hop everywhere but in the pot. She tries and tries and tries – in vain- to put frogs into the pot.  Brosgol’s art was prepared digitally, using Procreate on an Apple iPad.  It is full of color, action and humor as the poor greenish witch tries unsuccessfully to make her favorite dish.  Both the witch and the frogs are filled with facial expressions that should have kids laughing.  Cute!

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a fun addition to storytimes for the 4-7-year olds who like humor, outwitting witches and frogs.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries, childcare centers and K-1 classrooms

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  A fun choice for storytimes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  August 11, 2022

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