Frog Medicine

frog medicine by mark teague

Elmo Freem cannot seem to do his book report and as a result starts turning into a frog.---from the publisher

32 pages                        978-0590441773                        Ages 6-9

Keywords:  school issues, book report, frogs, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old, adventure


Elmo Freem, star of The Trouble with the Johnsons and Moog-Moog, Space Barber , is back, and in yet another fix. The problem now is a pesky book report that has him in a dither--and sprouting frog feet to boot. With his cat Leon in tow, Elmo is whisked to Frogtown, where Dr. Frank Galoof, author of a book called Frog Medicine (the book report tome, naturally), counsels him regarding his condition, treats him to dinner at a swampy local restaurant and sends him on his way.

Although this new tale doesn't pack as much punch as Moog-Moog , and the plot seems slightly contrived, it's still a diverting outing. Teague again demonstrates his knack for dealing with the kinds of predicaments that loom large on children's horizons in a fresh and funny way. His brash, arresting images are enhanced by scrupulous attention to fine points: witness the gradual transformation of Elmo's surroundings as his metamorphosis begins, such as the lilypad wallpaper that appears in the bathroom when he first discovers his alarming new feet.--from Publisher's Weekly



The third of Teague's Elmo Freem tales takes the boy on a forced march through a book report. While his classmates select all the good titles, Elmo is left with Frog Medicine. The night before the assignment is due, he tries to write the report without reading the book, and falls asleep. The next morning he discovers that he is turning into a frog from the feet up. Seeking a cure from the author of his book, Elmo is assured that the book is not dull, and neither are frogs; back at home he starts to read, finds the story interesting, and is cured.

A wildly improbable tale, this volume has allure with its painterly, luminous pictures of a froggy dream world, complete with a taxi floating down the pond-street that is now filled with lily pads. The oddly flat coloring befits the starkness of dreams--no dirt, no clutter, just glaring outlines. A book that will appeal to those who may not like reading but who will enjoy the pictures and be drawn in by them. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN---from School Library Journal

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