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Mrs Collywobbles has nothing to fear from the strange and fearsome visitors that emerge from the big, dark, scary wood - not with her pet frog guarding the garden gate. But when Mrs Collywobbles' frog demands a thank-you kiss, things suddenly take a surprising turn.
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William Bee was born in London, but now lives in the English countryside. He is the author of And the Train Goes... and the modern cautionary picture book, Whatever. As well as writing children's books, he races a vintage sports car, is an international skier, and when at home, enjoys tending his lawns and meadow.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1–4—This is a quirky story in which an old woman who lives alone at the edge of a dark, scary wood is protected by her pet frog. The creature easily handles any danger by swallowing each potential evildoer whole. The first villain to meet his fate is Greedy Goblin, followed by Smelly Troll, and finally Giant Hungry Ogre. As each bad guy nears Mrs. Collywobbles's house, he recites a rhyme themed around his distinct characteristics. "Nickerty-noo, nickerty-noo,/if I get a chance,/I'll steal from you," sings Greedy Goblin. The tale ends with a wicked twist. The narration and illustrations are joined tightly together. The text describes the scene in the pictures, pointing out specific things to notice. "Look! There is little Mrs. Collywobbles, hiding in her bathroom." The pen-and-ink and Macintosh artwork statically captures the "action" and creatively portrays each character. As he gobbles each villain, the frog sits passively with the feet, tail, and clothes of his victim hanging out of his mouth. Bright, flat colors contrast sharply against the white background. Stylized flowers and leaves give the pictures a 1960s look. The odd deadpan humor will not appeal to every child, but older readers and literature students will appreciate the irony of this almost fairy tale.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111406309818
Book Description Walker Books Ltd, 2008. Condition: New. William Bee (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1406309818