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The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  4,656 ratings  ·  166 reviews
This laugh-out-loud funny pop-up book takes on a traditional American tale about a wide-mouth frog and is sure to delight, with each spread featuring a different animal

From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. He's particularly interested in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors, from the blue-feathere b
Hardcover, 16 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Dial Books (first published March 1st 1995)
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Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I thought I would start keeping track of the books I've read with my four year old, Dominic that we love reading together.

I am a passionate reader and it seems to be contagious... it's spread though-out the house. It starts slow little things here and there…my husband sees me reading a book with a smile. But the outbreak is bad when it comes to the younger members of the house hold…maybe its genetic?
I have always read with my children as my mother read to me and there are some children’s books
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
2 yr old twins loved it as well as my five year old. pop ups were fantastic. animals had mouths that you could make talk by opening and closing book, and the alligator mouth was so big it fascinated them all. only problem is that I can see this book getting beat up quickly. I'd recommend an adult keeping it on a high shelf for safe keeping. ...more
David H.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy crap, this was unexpectedly hilarious.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Adorable! My 5 year old came home from his first day of Kindergarten and couldn't stop telling me about the Wide-Mouthed Frog! Fast forward a few days later and he's still talking about it. I attended back to school night and his kindergarten teacher said the kids beg her everyday to read this book to them. So I felt like I needed to get this and read it with Lee. What a joy to watch him excited by every turn of the page! Each of his older siblings took a turn reading it to him. I'm sure he will ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this pop-up! I use it during story time with toddlers and preschoolers and they always enjoy hearing it, sometimes again and again! Pairs well with a frog puppet and frog craft for spring and summer.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
the pop ups in this are fantastic. My almost 4 year old and I both loved it!
Katherine Austin
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-4050
1)Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-The Wide-Mouthed Frog is a book about none other, a wide-mouthed frog. The wide-mouthed frog's name is never mentioned, and instead, for humor, the phrase "the wide-mouthed frog" is repeated over and over again. The frog has a healthy diet of eating flies, but he is very curious about what the other animals in the pond like to eat. He runs into several animals along the way, one of them being an alligator who enjoys... wide-mouthed frogs. So, the frog ha
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Always a hit at story time, whether it's the flies and the worms that frog and bird are eating, or the scariness of alligator, or the silliness of frog with his mouth puckered up!
(Dec. 2019)Still a hit! Everyone loves that final splash! I had to buy this one for myself as my current library doesn't buy pop-up books, but I take it along on outreach whenever I think of it, and it's still a huge success.
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"I'm a wide-mouthed frog, and I eat flies!" said the wide-mouthed pop-up frog, sticking out his tongue. And he's curious to know what other animals eat, too. But the wide-mouthed frog must think fast when he comes across a wide-mouthed-frog-eating alligator! After reading this fun pop-up book, I had requests for "again!" ...more
Jennifer Binns
In this pop-up book, a curious frog meets several animals. He inquires what each animal eats until he comes across an alligator. When he asks what the alligator eats, his reply is he eats "delicious wide-mouthed frogs". The frog then promptly saves himself by jumping into the water. The book would be a great read aloud for younger students. ...more
Sandra Guerfi
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This enjoyable pop up decides to visit his fellow animals to see what they like to eat. As we're introduced to each one they open their mouth wide open as they list what they like to place inside. But when Frog meets up with Alligator and finds out what he likes to eat things get interesting. A quick, fun pop up for your little ones to enjoy while perhaps eating all the things they like to. ...more
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
This sturdy pop-up book is sure to please with its "splashy" ending! The pages can double as "puppets" as the reader gently moves the pages slightly open and closed and flips back and forth between characters. Best read-aloud choice of this folktale favorite. ...more
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
CLASSSIC! Gotta have, gotta read, gotta perform! My personal favorite of all Faulkner's stories. Great for animals, water, eating, or just plain scared! themes. Toddlers, preschoolers, school-age, adults. All love this book. ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for kids because it is a pop-up book, which is so engaging for the kids. Also, my class made a paper bag puppet of a frog with a big tongue that sticks out just like the book...a lot of fun!
Great for read-alouds...stretching your mouth as wide as it can go when the frog asks "What Do You Eat?"...until he comes to the alligator, it is a different story all together.

Used for "Frog Fever" Family Storytime-May, 2010.
Jessica Allen
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
From my experience, toddlers seem to really enjoy this book a lot. The pop-up details are fun for children but it's best to have adults read this one aloud... it's easy for children to tear the pages since they are pop-up. Very cute and easy to comprehend for young children. ...more
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Reminded me of a joke my mom used to tell. So funny!
Read with Naomi and Julia.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute interactive book with kids! They loved kissing the frogs, haha!
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Title: The Wide-mouthed Frog

Author: Keith Faulkner

Illustrator: Jonathan Lambert

Genre: pop up book

Theme(s): animals

Opening line/sentence: ‘“I am a wide-mouthed frog and I eat flies,” said the wide-mouthed frog.’

Brief Book Summary: Each page features an animal that explains what they like to eat. The main character (the wide-mouthed frog) is very arrogant until he meets a predator (the crocodile), which sends him right back to his pond.

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Many will be familiar with the traditional story already. If not, you can get a more traditional take by checking out The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martín Larrañaga.

A wide-mouthed swamp frog asks the other animals in its habitat what they like to eat. "I'm a wide-mouthed frog and I eat flies," the frog says, and a pop-up shows the reader a long tongue with a fly stuck to the end and just how wide his mouth is. We meet other animals and see and hear about their favorite foods, but eventually t
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-25
The Wide-Mouthed Frog is a great read-aloud text for younger readers. Some of the text can be clumsy and challenging for newer readers. Great illustrations and impressive pop-ups. The wide-mouthed frog encounters several challenges that he overcomes with humor and guile. Not ideal for independent reading for new readers; great story for supported reading. The story is humorous and engaging enough to sustain several reads.
Melissa Lucas
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My four children loved reading this book and this year I pulled it out and read it to my class of Kindergartners. It was a huge hit. This wide mouth frog inquires about what other creatures like to eat until he runs in a big alligator who claims he likes to eat wide mouth frogs. To this, the frog puckers his lips and responds "You don't see many of those around, do you?" It is a fun story to use a variety of voices and inflection. ...more
Lauren Swan
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a very predictable book. When reading stories like this to young children, it is nice because there are different animal characters that you can change your voice to. The pop-up illustrations make it fun and exciting. They also allow children to comprehend the story and even give out a laugh once you realize what might happen to the frog!
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this retelling of a traditional tale. The pop ups and illustrations are great, but the story needed just one or two more spreads to establish the pattern. The wide mouthed frog only asks two animals about what they eat before encountering the climactic alligator. Three or four would have been better to allow the reader/listener to "get" what's going on. ...more
A wide-mouthed frog visits different creatures, asking them (in a mildly irritating way) what they eat...only to meet a scary alligator who eats wide-mouthed frogs!

An absolutely hilarious story (that works well as an oral story around the campfire or in a classroom) with wonderful illustrations in this pop-up book.

Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
The pop-ups on this one really do rule the day. The story is cute, but highly predictable, and without the pop-ups, this book would barely warrant a mention. But that last page...yep. It's a keeper! And the frog's mouth when he closes up tight...those lips! Love! ...more
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, storybook
I liked this book. I appreciated that some of the animals were females (often in storybooks all animals seem to be male - ugh). I enjoyed the bright illustrations and pop-up mouths on the animals. I very much appreciated the good chuckle at the end.
Jonny Paul
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Opinions are a lil divided on this book around the library. Some people think it's a little more sinister but I quite enjoy it as a fun little game of a book with dynamic interesting voices and a fun twist at the end. Plus, any chance to get a popup book into a story time :p ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a really amazing book that Jay read at our library branch's story time. Our branch of the library has it but he said it doesn't usually circulate because its soooooooooo good! We might want to buy this one. ...more
Colorado Buck
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loved it. awesome pop ups - curious frog asks animals what they like to eat - when he gets to the alligator, he has to hop away - very short, very cute, great for baby or toddler storytime. or green or frogs or alligators,
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