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Billy and the Birdfrogs

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  20 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
“Exciting—edge of your seat—nail-biting—page turning . . . one of the funniest books ever written. Ignoring, perhaps redefining, logic, B.B. Wurge has fashioned an unbelievable story that ultimately makes perfect sense. Wurge has a voice that is unique and fresh among writers of children’s literature.”—Catherine Safer, author of Bishop’s Road and What If Your Mom Made Rais ...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Leapfrog Press
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Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
"Billy and Birdfrogs" is one of the best books that I have read this year. The story is intelligent, well composed, with a strong narrative, likable characters, and just enough scariness and tension to make it hard to put down.

The story begins with Billy's grandmother welding the door to the basement shut. She then begins closing off all of the accesses to the house until she and Billy are locked off from the world. Why? Because something... or some things are coming out of the bottomless hole t
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Betsy
Nov 28, 2008 Betsy rated it liked it
Periodically someone will ask me as a children's librarian to name some "funny books" for kids. I try to help them out, but what exactly are they asking me for? A joke-a-minute laughfest or just a story that contains funny situations? Are they going to insist on Diary of a Wimpy Kid hilarity or can I get away with handing over the subtler Donuthead antics? For whatever reason, funny books are a constant request children make in the library, but no publisher has gone so far as to create a funny c ...more
Diana Tiffany
Jul 18, 2012 Diana Tiffany rated it really liked it
This was a fun story. Billy's grandmother gradually shuts them off from all direct contact with people. To get supplies they have home delivery and only things that can fit through the front door slot make it into the house. She tells Billy there is a huge pit under the basement of their house and Billy's mother was digging in there for fossils and never returned. After that, there are small footprints around the hole and the grandmother can't figure out how to label them other than as belonging ...more
Yen Kha
Jan 13, 2014 Yen Kha rated it really liked it
I accidentally read this book.... I bought a completely different ebook on my iPad but got the content of this book and didn't realize I got the wrong book until half way through. I was enjoying myself so I finished the book. It's a great little book for kids. Lots of fun and action and fantasy that was quite sweet. I wish Birdfrogs were real :)
Heather
Jul 24, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
For a little bit, I wondered if Billy's grandma really had lost her grip on reality, but then I remembered this was a book by B. B. Wurge and that reality was likely nonexistent! (I loved the story, but for those with elderly grandparents who have lost touch with reality, it may strike too close to home to be an enjoyable read.) For the vast majority of readers who like ridiculousness and humor, this book will be highly entertaining.
Terry
Feb 10, 2009 Terry rated it really liked it
This is an enjoyable and fun book to read. The author’s imagination, sense of humor, and obvious comfort with zany and wacky characters, promise the reader a memorable experience. This is certainly the type of book that will keep an adolescent audience reading, chatting, and looking for the next book.

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Feb 11, 2009 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
I asked my nine-year-old son how many stars he would give this book, and he said five. So there you have it. This book was zany and fun, and every chapter ended with a cliff-hanger, so every night my boy was begging for "just one more chapter." There's adventure and mystery. There are mammoth bones, peanut butter sandwiches, and miniature gorillas. What more could a reader want?
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