The Frog at the Window by Scott Langteau ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog #Picturebook

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Picture Book, Christmas
Published: 3 November 2020 by Shake the Moon Books
Page count: 64 (hardback)
My Format: eBook via NetGalley
Cover: Colorful
Pacing: Good                                                        
Ending: Sweet
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Frog at the Window

My rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis
While Katy and her family spend a snowy Christmas away at Grandma’s house, a cold and clever little frog jumps at the chance to move into their warm, empty home. Unfortunately, so does every other four-legged forest dweller in the area. With the perfect holiday vacation house overrun with guests, chaos quickly erupts until the group finds a peaceful solution in this wildly enjoyable holiday tale of tails. What begins as a break from the wintery woolly land transforms into an annual holiday tradition of kindness and generosity. The Frog at the Window is a Christmas tale with a message for every season!


My Thoughts
Every day we get closer and closer to Christmas so I thought it was a perfect time to review this children’s picture book. Here are my pros and cons for The Frog at the Window:

Pros

  1. It seems weird to start my review with the very end of the book, but if you flip back to the back where the author’s bio is you will find a real picture of a frog in a window that inspired this story. I thought this was cute!
  2. Super bright and colorful illustrations (by Michaela Brannon) that are whimsical and fun! Young readers will love the antics of these animals!
  3. I loved the rules the animals set up for themselves – particularly the one where they weren’t allowed to eat each other! Ha!
  4. The story is written in verse and verse is typically a big hit with kids.
  5. At one point the animals see random humans coming to the front door of the house. Unfortunately, all the curtains are open!! So, in order to avoid being discovered, the animals fake a holiday window scene to fool the humans. That illustration is hysterical!
  6. It is a cute story and the ending definitely reinforces kindness.

Cons

  1. The backdrop to the story is related to Christmas (the family leaves the house to spend time at Grandma’s for the holidays), and there is a tree and some decorations in the illustrations, but I personally wouldn’t call this a Christmas story.
  2. I felt that some of the rhymes felt forced and the tempo of the verse was a little off from time to time. This doesn’t impact the adorable tale being told, but there were certain parts that felt awkward to read aloud.

Summary
This is a cute story about some animals taking over an empty house during the winter in order to get out of the cold. Their antics in the house are delightful and the illustrations are fantastic. It would make a great holiday gift for a child and is recommended for ages 5-8, although I’m sure even younger children would enjoy it, too. This is definitely a book you will read again and again with your kid’s during the winter and holiday season.

Thank you NetGalley and Shake the Moon Books for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.   

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