Another great book from HarperCollins, we love when we get a new book every month, these are always a great book for me to read to Devon. This is a adorable book and a really great picture one. Devon loves looking at pictures, while I am reading the books to him.
Monty, a frog, has an embarrassing secret that he is reluctant to share with anyone but his trusted reader. He is desperately afraid of water and cannot swim. With the support of said reader and confidante, he musters the courage to tell his parents about this humiliating dilemma. Accompanied by his parents, along with the added support of a snorkel, Monty ultimately makes his victorious leap into the pond. The absurdity of a frog petrified of water will surely amuse young readers, particularly the scenes where Monty dodges raindrops with an umbrella and submits a doctor’s note to his swimming coach. Children with any phobia will primarily relate to this off-beat picture book read-aloud. Weyant’s splashy, expressive illustrations complement the text, featuring a beady-eyed, bulbous-headed frog who has the look and appeal of a beloved cartoon character. The overall message should be clear that it is as important to share problems with at least one caring friend as it is to be a good listener and safeguard a friend’s secrets.
Teaches child that is alright, to share things and not be afraid to do so. He’s a little frog with a BIG secret that he’s ready to share. Monty learns how to face his fears with some help from his new friend. Are you ready to learn his secret like we did?
About the author
Anna was born in the Bronx and grew up on Long Island where she spent much of her free time reading Teen Beat magazine, Archie comics, and going to the local multiplex. After graduating with honors from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations and Asian Studies, she received her M.F.A in Film/Video Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. While at USC, Anna directed a short documentary as her thesis film, “not black or white,” an irreverent look at media stereotypes of Asian women. Anna participated in the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab with her first feature script, The Lost Tribe of Long Island, and was also selected to participate in Film Independent’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs. Her debut picture book, You Are (Not) Small, won the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, a Silver Honor from the Parents’ Choice Awards, and was named a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association.
Anna lives in New Jersey with her husband, New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant, their two daughters, and a guinea pig. Visit her at www.annakang.com.