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Life According to Og the Frog

(According to Og the Frog #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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The adventures in Humphrey's Room 26 are hopping back into the spotlight, from the perspective of Og the Frog!

When Og the Frog first comes to Room 26, he doesn't know what to think. He misses his friends from the pond, there are all kinds of strange noises, and the water is his tank just might be too clean (you know, a little muck never hurt anyone).
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Published July 3rd 2018 by Listening Library
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2020 bk 209. A children's book, but part of a series that hooks you into wanting to know more about life in Classroom 26. There are 12 books in the Humphrey series (Humphrey being the first pet in Room 26) and now Humphrey has a new companion - Og the Frog. Og was being bullied in his first classroom so a move to room 26 with gentle Humphrey was just the thing. Unfortunately the two do not understand each other and Og is not as well educated as Humphrey. But Og can learn and can communicate with ...more
Betty G. Birney is brilliant and a magnificent story teller. I enjoy her writing just as much as my child does. She's a master at weaving stories together and making them matter. I cannot recommend her books enough. ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Og is the other classroom pet in Room 26 of Longfellow School, next door to Humphrey. Og isn't as interesting a narrator as Humphrey is, simply because a frog can do less than a hamster. But I appreciate all the frog information woven into the story in a natural way, and the discussion about whether or not to introduce Og back into the wild (where he was captured from) is particularly thought-provoking and significant.

It seems like an odd choice that the two classroom pets, though different spec
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is on the 3-6 PYRCA this year, and it’s such a sweet story about a new classroom pet in Mrs. Brisbane’s room in addition to their hamster, Humphrey. It’s so nice to see how much the students care about their class pets, and how Og learns that being a classroom pet is an important job thanks to Humphrey. It doesn’t matter that they can’t understand each other because they still learn to become friends. This book has so many amazing examples of kindness and would a great read for any student ...more
Ms. Yingling
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Og has been living in Room 27, alongside George the bullfrog. This is not an ideal situation, as bullfrogs are loud and tend toward bullying. When Og is transferred to Room 26, he really can't complain. Things seem a bit quieter, although there is a hamster in the room, Humphrey, who seems nice but can't manage to communicate with Og. Mrs. Brisbane seems very nice, and a custodian, Aldo, frequently talks to the animals and shares his food with them. When students fi
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Life According to Og the Frog by Betty G. Birney, 150 pgs. G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Random House), 2018. $17.

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In this companion novel to the Life According to Humphrey series, Og the Frog joins Mrs. Brisbane, Humphrey the Hamster, and the "tads" from room 26, becoming their new classroom pet. Just as Og begins to adjust to life away from his beloved pond, and even feels like he could someday fit in, Mrs. Brisbane poses an unexpe
Jo-ann Walsh
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to @kidlitexchange for the review copy of Life According to Og the Frog. All opinions are my own. Fans of the Humphrey series from Betty G. Birney will love this story written from Og the frog’s point of view! I have read several of the Humphrey books, and they are a big hit with my fourth graders!
Og the Frog has come to stay in Room 26, after things weren’t going so well in Room 27 with George the bullfrog. Now, Og has joined Humphrey, the cute, little, furry h
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Og maybe a frog, but that doesn't mean he isn't "hoppy" to help out when support is needed.

A spin-off of veteran author Betty Birney's, The World According to Humphrey series, Life According to Og the Frog is a companion that readers can jump right into.

First person narrative introduces readers to Og and his new home in room 26. Living in a tank at an elementary school is a lot different than his old life in the marsh
Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you Penguin Young Readers for sending us a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are our own.

Liam and Gavin rate this book Two Thumbs WAY up!

Mommy rates it a 4 out of 5 stars.

This was our first jump into this world, I've heard the "Humphreys" Series was very cute, So I was excited to be invited to read this one with my little guys.

I liked that this book taught kids about frogs, and their environments, what kind of food they eat, what happens when they are mo
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Og the Frog comes to Room 26 because of an unruly neighbor, he is skeptical of his new "home". Og misses his friends back at the swamp but, he also remembers the many dangers of the swamp. He isn't used to noise and his new environment. However, he likes that he has a lot of time and ideas for his favorite pastimes. Og realizes that he has an impact on his fellow classmates. But, when he realizes that they are thinking of sending him back to the pond, he can't help to feel betrayed. Will O ...more
If you've read and enjoyed the Humphrey books, then this is a necessary addition to your library! Reading this one aloud to the kids made us recall the same stories with Humphrey, and we thought how fun it would be to read both books at the same time, so you get two perspectives.

Such a cute story, with all the same characters, except different enough to keep it interesting. I loved the way that Birney incorporated music into the Og book, and gave the reader a slightly different point of view on
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-with-kids
I became a fan of the Humphrey series by Betty Birney though reading them with my kids. My kids are older now, but when I saw there was a book from Og the Frog's point of view, I had to read it. It was really interesting to get Og's perspective on the activities in Room 26.

I enjoyed this book, but if you haven't read the Humphrey series, I would recommend reading them first, at least up to the book where Og joins room 26 as that will do a better job of introducing the kids and the teacher in Ro
Stephanie  Arnold
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Those who are a fan of the Humphrey series will love this new series from the point of view of Og the Frog. If you have read through the Humphrey books, you may notice that the storyline very closely follows those books— you will recognize events and situations that were described by Humphrey. While this makes sense (they live in the same classroom), I was hoping for a little more original material. This, however did not bother my 6-year-old who is enamored with all things Humphrey! Overall, I t ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5* rounded up. I found the story and many of its elements to be too repetitive, although it’s a cute story/concept. I liked the struggles some of the “big tads” (students) encounter throughout the book and the ways they choose to cope — these would be great examples for the young readers of this book. However, the overall conflict and outcome of the book seemed predictable to me, and I didn’t feel that the story overall was very complex. If I wasn’t reading this along with a school, I’m not su ...more
Marilyn B
I’m not sure why Goodreads doesn’t have the book as an option to rate - only the audiobook, which I did not listen to. I have no idea if this audiobook is good but the actual book is super cute. To be fair, Og is not as endearing as Humphrey but he’s still pretty great. Listening to him figure out human and hamster behaviour was so fun. His description of Humphrey as hyperactive and noisy was particularly funny as you realize that hamsters really are just that but we know what to expect and this ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I was so a happy to see this book! Five years ago one of my students wanted to badly to learn more about Og. She wrote several letters and kept track of the changes in his character throughout the Humphrey series. And now, here is his own (I hope) first book. I am interested to explore the companion Humphrey book (I suspect Friendship According to Humphrey) to see if I can read them aloud back-to-back at the beginning of the school year.
Room 26 has a new pet besides Humphrey this year, Og the frog has moved into Mrs. Brisbane's classroom too. Because he was caught in the wild, the students are not sure if it was ethical to remove him from his natural habitat, his future in the classroom is not secure. Betty Birney gives just enough information about frogs to inspire readers interested in amphibians to research more. A new spinoff of the Humphrey series, fans will enjoy. ...more
Og, the frog moves into room 26 with Humphrey and he is a great addition to the classroom. I really liked how there is information about frogs and how to treat wild animals woven into the story. This is a nice addition to the Humphrey series.
Denise Chojnacki
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Life According to Og the Frog was a lighthearted read with some good messages that ran through the story on a regular basis. Everything from self-control, to friendship and more without being heavy-handed. A fun story with a likable, humorous frog that has good messages? I'll take it. ...more
Kathy Broadnax
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A class pet who learns that he is helping the young tads (students) in the classroom. The young tads also has to make a big decision; whether to return Og to the marshes or have him continue to be a part of the class.

Cute story

Thank you
Sarah Smith
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This tale was another perspective of room 26 and Og’s take on friendship and understanding of the world. Betty Birney did another amazing job weaving a tale about how a small, class pet can make a big difference in learning.
Melinda Bender
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Og the frog has been taken from his home in the swamp and has now become a class pet along with Humphrey the hamster. The students of room 26 are starting to question what would be the right home for Og, back at the swamp or staying in school. Fun story told from the viewpoint of the class pets.
Miss Sarah
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, 2019-audio
Humprey the Hamster gets a new co class pet who takes over the storytelling in this new spin off series where Og the Frog moves to classroom 26. While there he helps the children, makes new friends and starts a debate about where he should really live. Early elementary.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I acquired this book through a Scholastic book order as an addition to our Humphrey books. Some years they’re quite popular, and other years few kids read them. I’m hoping this frog book piques the interest of my readers and gets them into the Humphrey series.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Float. Doze. Be. Words to live by! My daughter and husband were reading this. I picked it up and could not put it down. Although I think I resemble Humphrey the Hamster much more as he runs and runs his wheel, I think Og repeating Float, Doze, Be made my day.
Taylor Hilliard
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book! The school I'm student teaching at is reading it for One Book One School this year and it's such a great read, even for adults. It deals with heavy topics like keeping wild animals in a way that's easy for children to understand. ...more
This year’s one school, one book pick. The twins rated it a 5. A and I were not quite so enthralled but we are not the target audience. Float doze be is a good mantra! We are now going to do one family one book—first up Superfudge!
Book Buying With Katie
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yhba
Great reminder to not judge a book by its cover. Great story, lovable characters, great disability representation, and AWESOME element of student empowerment and stufent activism. There's a reason the Humphrey series is so popular. They're great. ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good friendship story
Amanda Harrison
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary
I wasn't sure how Betty Birney was going to translate the inner life and monologue of the fabulous Og, but this one is quite sweet. ...more
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