A Spoonful of Frogs

A Spoonful of Frogs
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July 19, 2022

Frogs are the most important ingredient in a witch’s favorite treat—but they are also the hardest to get into the cauldron! From acclaimed author Casey Lyall and Caldecott Honor artist Vera Brosgol, A Spoonful of Frogs is a humorous and wholly original picture book—and a winning recipe for readers who loved Dragons Love Tacos and Room on the Broom.

A witch’s favorite treat is frog soup. Luckily, it’s healthy and easy to make. To give it that extra kick and a pop of color, the key ingredient is a spoonful of frogs. But how do you keep the frogs on the spoon? They hop, they leap, they hide . . . and they escape. What is a poor witch to do?

Casey Lyall is a master of comedic timing with her deceptively simple and energetic text, and Caldecott Honor winnerVera Brosgol’s vibrant, hilarious illustrations make the witch—and the frogs!—practically leap off the page. The solution to the witch’s dilemma will surprise and delight young readers and their parents alike.

Teeming with laugher and hijinks, A Spoonful of Frogs is pure fun from beginning to end. A must-have for young readers, parents, witches, frog-lovers, and aspiring chefs.

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Adorable witchy picture book
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A witch is demonstrating how to make frog soup, a classic witch delicacy. Everything is going fine until it's time to add the special ingredient: the frog itself. Suddenly, frogs are hopping around everywhere, and the witch struggles to catch one. With hijinks and humor, this is a cooking demonstration you won't forget.

A SPOONFUL OF FROGS has some of the most adorable illustrations I've seen in a while. I love the cozy background detail in the witch's kitchen. The artist nails funny expression and body language in both the witch and the frogs.

While A SPOONFUL OF FROGS was fun to read silently, this is a picture book that will shine when read out loud. As the witch grows frustrated with the frogs, there is ample opportunity for acting out the expression and building the chaos. It is also good to note that no frogs are actually cooked in this story, so any young readers who might be sensitive to that or worried about the frogs won't have to worry. There is a fun twist at the end.

Highly recommend for young readers who enjoy cooking, witches, and a good laugh.
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