Saturday, July 10, 2010

City Dog, Country Frog

City Dog, Country Frog
By Mo Willems; illustrated by Jon J. Muth
Hyperion Books for Children, 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.

City Dog and Country Frog become great friends after a chance meeting, spending spring, summer, and fall together, playing and just being great friends. However, once winter arrives, Dog can't find Frog anywhere, so he waits till spring returns to look for his good friend.

This is a wonderful book that is very different from Willems's funny, goofy brand of stories. This book is thoughtful, tender, fun, and atmospheric both in writing and illustration. There is a touch of sadness that is delicately expressed, perfect in tone for small children. A lovely book about friendship, this is definitely one to read.

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