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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Jakob Martin Strid
Age Range: Under_5
When Little Frog drops from a meteor through the roof of a family of frogs they are delighted and welcome him into the fold. The family loves him and he loves them but the problem is he really is the naughtiest little frog! He washes all the books at home with hot water, sets his Counsellor’s hair on fire, cuts the telephone line in his office and does something unmentionable in his brief case! Little Frog’s family are at their wit’s end and after yelling at him, Little Frog has had enough and he decides to leave. He sets out on a long journey walking across deserts and up snow-capped mountains. Despite meeting a wise old man living in a cave, who tells Little Frog that he needs to 'find a quiet place inside himself', his behaviour still doesn't improve.
Little Frog's frantically worried family are delighted to find him again, for despite his bad behaviour he is their little frog, and they love him. Little Frog begins to understand that even though he does naughty things, his family still loves him very much.
Danish author and illustrator Jakob Martin Strid has written a tale of such warmth and humour. The cartoon-like illustrations in pen-and-ink and watercolour are expressive. Sometimes the pages are split between several illustrations with the text surrounding them in differing font sizes which helps to make this a very visual story. Strid deals with the bad behaviour of Little Frog in a gentle, witty way and shows that whatever problems Little Frog has, his family love him unquestioningly.