|Candace Fleming. Eric Rohmann, illus|
|Pages/Publication Date:||36 / 2012|
|Publisher:||Schwartz & Wade|
In their first picture book collaboration, from 2012, the creative team behind the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book Giant Squid and the Little Bulldozer books gives us a lyrical tale for readers and listeners 3 to 7 about a deep, deep hole in the jungle. First Frog falls in ("Ribbit-oops! Ribbit-oops! Oh, no!"), then Mouse ("Pippa-eeek! Pippa-eeek! Oh, no!"), followed by Loris, Sun Bear, and Monkey. Tiger, however, is only too happy to help these tasty-looking creatures out of the hole. Oh, no! Luckily, the tables are turned in this rollicking read-aloud from Boston GlobeHorn Book Award winner Candace Fleming, set with lush block prints by Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann.
"This book can't be read silently. On the cover, a very, very hungry tiger prowls through a bamboo forest. He's just one lunge behind a frog when a 'deep, deep hole' (not the tiger) gobbles up the frog. Each page is filled with the sounds that come from frog and his friends, including readers. The words give the sound twice—like 'Ribbit-oops!' or 'Grab on!' or 'Oh, no!'—and then the big bold type signals it's time for children to shout along. Rohmann's relief prints, with their dark defining edges, are vivid eye candy."—Chicago Tribune
"The rhythm of the lines recalls the old favorite 'Frog Went A-Courtin',' and the story's chain of accidents and bumbling characters are friendly, familiar devices, too. Mouse falls in trying to rescue Frog, Loris tumbles down from a tree, Sun Bear's rescue attempt fails, Monkey's swing from a vine goes wrong, but—just as Tiger looms above—they're all rescued by a kindly elephant. It sounds like light fare, but Rohmann's magnificent woodblock-style prints give it unexpected dignity. The jungle pit is as spacious as a cathedral, and the animals somersault into it like Olympic divers in slow motion. Humor prevails, though, with piquant sound words ('The ground bumble-rumbled and quake-shake-quaked'), speech balloons floating up out of the pit, and glimpses of the tiger's tail and paws. It's a book with the feel of an older classic—and it may well become one."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)