Er, well, received a starred review to be exact! Dev Petty’s I Don’t Want to Be a Frog, illustrated by Mike Boldt, was released in February and is doing tremendously well! This is one of the first books I sold to be released so it’s a special thrill to see it being so well received!
Here’s what reviewers are saying:
* “First-time author Petty’s dialogue between a frog father and his son makes its point about accepting one’s nature with a big grin….The story might create similar gratitude in the minds of readers—or it might just make them giggle.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting this willful young frog with a serious identity crisis. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right.
“…a paean to self-acceptance wrapped in snappy dialogue and illustrated with richly colored comic paintings by Mike Boldt.”—Wall Street Journal
“A lively look at self-acceptance.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This amusing story ends with a laugh and a much more content frog.”—School Library Journal
“Silliness and deadpan humor combine into a hopping good story of being happy with who you are.”—Booklist
“Petty and Boldt provide just enough predictability to hook youngest readers, then deliver a delightful twist or two to create surprise and satisfaction–for both the green hero and the many fans he’ll make with this book.”—Shelf Awareness
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog is currently featured at Barnes & Noble in a display of quirky and humorous books. Check out a copy at your local store!