999 Frogs Wake Up
Wake up—it’s springtime in the swamp! As 999 young frogs awaken, they panic to find that all of the other animals are still asleep. First they wake the biggest frog… then the tortoise, the lizard, and the ladybugs. But when they hop down a hole and all pull together, they find someone they don’t want to wake—a big, long snake. Don’t wake him up! Luckily for the frogs, the tortoise carefully carries him away.
Ken Kimura and Yasunari Murakami are back again in this delightful tale about frogs and friendship!
A sweet animal story for young readers, “999 Frogs Wake Up” is cartoonish and carefree and age-appropriately anthropomorphic.
New York Times Book Review
This book is a gift to the youngest readers, who should thoroughly enjoy it.
Although it’s fiction, I could see 999 Frogs Wake Up working well for introducing nonfiction concepts. The story provides a number of jump off points for exploration on hibernation, habitats, ecosystems, life cycles, and more. It also ranks high the on the read aloud meter. An all-around good book to have on hand.
Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes
This Japanese import is an excellent storytime choice.
To speak of an insanely gorgeous book about frogs would seem to pose a contradiction in terms...yet here they [it] is: the strong point of this book is its eye-popping design. Once again, a teeming multitude of primitive yet curiously expressive frogs are scattered on a stark white background to very pleasing effect
Pamela Paul, New York Times Book Review