Frog is a happy chap when things are going his way. But when things get more challenging (such as when he doesn’t win the hopping race) he gets VERY grumpy. Ed Vere has used colours to represent diversity in this book. Frog LOVES green (it ‘rocks his world’) and he is happy within his little green comfort zone – leave, grass and frogs! But he has no time for other colours: red makes him cross, blue makes him cry and brown is boring. Frog’s intolerance of anyone or anything different to himself means he finds it hard to get along with others, and he quickly finds himself with no playmates. A close-call with a crocodile makes Frog recognise that being rude and judgemental about others will not lead to happiness.
Ed Vere has perfectly captured the personality and mood swings of frog in a few bold brush strokes. Children will be drawn to both the pictures and the child-like dialogue in the story. A gem of a book which is packed with important messages as well as being delightfully funny and absorbing.