Monday, April 25, 2011

The Frog Principal by Stephanie Calmenson, illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Lexile     230          Pages     30          Ages      6 - 8
 AR Quiz No. 54770 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.0 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP, VP

Mr. Bundy is the principal of P.S. 88 and everyone agrees that he is the best principal ever. One day he is interviewing a magician, Marty Q. Marvel, who he planned on having do a magic show at school assembly. He asks Marty to demonstrate one of his tricks and Poof! Marty accidentally turns Mr. Bundy into a frog and can't change him back. Mr. Bundy hops off to a nearby pond where he swims and zaps tasty bugs.

That day at recess the children are playing softball and hit the ball into Mr. Bundy's pond. Imagine their surprise to find a talking frog in the pond! And even more surprising he wants to be their principal, telling them if they let him be principal, he will get the ball for them. The children cross their fingers behind their back and agree. Once they have the ball back they run off, leaving Mr. Bundy behind. However upon hearing the story, the Vice Principal Ms. Moore, makes them keep their promise and the fun begins.

How do the children like having a frog principal? Does Mr. Bundy ever become his regular self?

This humorous twist on the fable "The Frog Prince" is a fun read-aloud book. The kids get a real charge out of some of the things the principal does as a frog. As an added bonus, you have the lesson of keeping promises.  The illustrations of the crazy antics are great, from Mr. Bundy joining in on a game of leap-frog, to his eating Nancy's science project, a bug collection - "Give this student a gold star! Her collection of bugs was delicious . . . I mean, excellent."

Come to the Lake County Public Library for your copy of The Frog Principal to find out Mr. Bundy's final fate. For a quick pick-up, click here and with your library card number and PIN, reserve a copy to be delivered to your favorite branch.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

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