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I Don't Want to Be a Frog

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Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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Matt
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is tough being a frog! Slimy and forced to eat bugs all day, no wonder some of them wish to be other things. However, as this little frog soon learns, while he pines to be a cat, a rabbit, or even a pig, there is nothing like being a frog! Why? Well, perhaps frogs do get a bad name for themselves, but there are some distinct advantages. Read the book to see for yourself. Neo quite liked this one, noticing the contrasts between different animals and how frogs do seem to be on the tippy side of ...more
Aloe
Sep 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Avoid this book.

I have a couple issues with this book. Let's start with the main message: that the frog is a frog and there's nothing it can do to change that. I get that, literally, the frog couldn't become a cat or a rabbit or whatever else it wanted to be, but this is a kid's story. It's not about being literal. For this frog to have it's parents tell it over and over "no, you cannot do any of that," what kind of message does that send to kids? And when the frog "accepted" that it was a frog,
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Kristi
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: harper-read
we both loved this one!! what a fun read!
Evie
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing


A frog with an identity crisis. Imagine that!
I Don't Want To Be A Frog is about a Frog that is not particularly thrilled with who he is. Frog says: "Let me ask you something... If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be? Probably NOT a Frog, right? Exactly."

Frog would rather be a Cat. Warm and fuzzy! Or a Rabbit. Or better yet, an Owl! Even being a Pig seems like a more appealing option, even if he'd have to eat garbage. He just doesn't want to be a Frog, Frogs are wet and slimy
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Mary Ann
There are times my kids seem dissatisfied with everything, but I'm also sure that there are times when all I say is NO. This hilarious book takes that situation and produces laughs in all the right places--the perfect medicine for crabby kids and peevish parents.

Little frog is sure he doesn't want to be a frog. As he sits reading a book about cats, he decides that would be the perfect animal to be. "I want to be a cat," he declares to his father. Nope, his father says, you're a frog. Back and fo
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kae :)
Aug 07, 2022 rated it did not like it
disappointing and also transphobic
Sara Grochowski
This is the story of a frog who would rather be anything other than a wet, slimy, bug-eating amphibian. Anything — he’s sure! — would be better than being a frog. He can hop like a rabbit, and he’s sure he could stomach garbage like a pig, but one by one his alternatives are proved unsatisfactory. It isn’t until a hungry wolf with a diverse appetite comes along that frog realizes being just who he is isn’t so bad after all. Laughs and a worthwhile message about being yourself are guaranteed!
Fruity af
Mar 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
Okay, so, i don’t ever read picture books.

But today i overheard my two little sisters and i was like, what the hell?

The overall message: trans people are bad.

Like, WHAT??????

This is a book for KIDS.

Basically, the frog does not want to be a frog, but another animal. It tells another frog, and instead of accepting that, the other frog says that the frog is a frog and there is nothing he can do about it.

This is BS.

0.0000000000000000001 stars.
H.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book
I don't agree with the message of this book. Children should not feel limited to their "nature," and the only good point of being a frog, in the end, is that they're higher up on the food chain than other animals. It didn't point out the fun things about being a frog, like swimming, hopping, etc, which I thought was disappointing. The story doesn't teach gratitude, appreciation, self-love, or how to reframe frustrating situations—all of which would have been worthy messages fitting to the plot. ...more
Colette
Mar 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
As a parent of a transgender child I think the message that this story sends is completely heartbreaking. We need to allow our children to be who they want to be. If the point was to embrace the positive aspects of your self, the point is easily lost.
Jennifer
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My granddaughter pretends to be a frog each time we read this beautifully illustrated book about being yourself.
Sherrie
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a highly recommended read aloud for younger children, they will enjoy the repition and the surprise at the end. Recommended for fans of "I Am Not a Chair", to which it has a similar vibe. ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A fantastic children's book. This book delivers a great message and a lot of laughs.

Why be a slimy, wet, bug eating frog when you can be another animal? That's what little frog wants to know. He's tired of being a frog. He wants to be something else. Something like an wise old owl, or a warm and fuzzy cat or a rabbit. After all he can hop, and so can a rabbit. Even being a pig who eats garbage doesn't seem so bad. As little frog finds out, many of the things these animals can do, are things he
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Trevor
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: etec545class2
In Dev Petty's I Don't Want to Be a Frog, a frog laments the fact that he is too slimy, filled with bugs, wet, and aspires to be a pig or a rabbit. He can hop like a rabbit and will settle to eat garbage like a pig...anything, but being a frog. However, once a hungry wolf appears yet proclaims he'll eat anything but frogs, the main character decides it is not so bad to be a frog.

This story is a great starting reader or to be read aloud that can elicit an action (hopping like a frog/rabbit) or po
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Sandra
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This frog would rather be something cute and warm like a pig or a cat. Being a frog is to wet and slimy. His father will patiently explain once and again why he can't be a bunny... or an owl...

But of course the little frog will find out by himself the advantages of being a frog. For example not being part of some frightening individual food chain!

Funny story with two adorable characters. It is completely written in dialog form, and speech bubbles are used. The pictures are attractive, colorful w
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Jenna
Cute illustrations and I liked the repetitive nature. On the other hand, not sure I 100% agree with the entire theme (view spoiler) but it was adorable. ...more
Laurie
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reading
If I could give a book 10 Gold Stars, this book would have it. A great book for kids of all ages! Wonderful bright illustrations and a catchy story makes for a perfect book for storytime and read-aloud. Highly recommended.
Mary
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pair this with "Wide-Mouth Frog" for a Frogs-avoiding-being-eaten storytime. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A fun story about self-acceptance.
Amy Layton
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This book is literally so cute. My third graders loved this one.
Liz
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved that it is a conversation between a boy and his father. Cute story with a good ending.
Morris Olsen
Mar 16, 2022 rated it did not like it
Ngl felt pretty TERFy or like right wing propaganda. Anti trans shit. Don't love it. ...more
Jenny
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations and simple dialogue in this book as a young frog expresses his desire to be a cat ...or rabbit...or pig...or... and as he learns why it is good to be himself.
Miranda
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it.
Samantha Osborne
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
cute story love it
Earl
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A young frog doesn’t want to be a frog for various reasons. While his father tries his best to explain why he can’t be the other types of animals he wishes to be, it’ll take an unlikely visitor to convince the young frog he’s lucky to be exactly who he is!
Kristina
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a cute book. It's a great way to get kids to think about what it might be like to be someone else, but be happy in their own skin too. I thought that this was a cute book! I would recommend this book to others. ...more
Evie
A frog with an identity crisis. Imagine that!

I Don't Want To Be A Frog is about a Frog that is not particularly thrilled with who he is. Frog says: "Let me ask you something... If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be? Probably NOT a Frog, right? Exactly."

Frog would rather be a Cat. Warm and fuzzy! Or a Rabbit. Or better yet, an Owl! Even being a Pig seems like a more appealing option, even if he'd have to eat garbage. He just doesn't want to be a Frog, Frogs are wet and slimy
...more
Kara
Opening:
"When I was younger, I enjoyed playing soccer, but in middle school, soccer games became more competitive so I started comparing myself to the other players. All I wanted was to be an amazing soccer player like Mia Hamm. Well in this story, Frog does not want to be a frog anymore. Have you ever wished you were different in some way?"
*student responses*
"Frog's going to learn a lesson about being who we really are. See if you can figure out what lesson he learns."


Identification of Opening
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Margaret
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I had a nickel for every parental proverb heard when growing up (and thereafter), I could fill the shelves with books in a new school library. Two of the top contenders were "Haste makes waste" and "Many hands make light work" with "The grass is always greener on the other side" coming in at a close third. When, in the course of my teaching, the opportunity presents itself when one of these might be appropriate, I seal my lips rather than succumb to any adult adages.

Arguably there are times w
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