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City Dog, Country Frog

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,234 Ratings  ·  723 Reviews
In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. You'll do, Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock. In winter, things change ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, you cynical adults, so thoroughly convinced that Country Frog croaked. Don't be so sure of yourselves.

I've read this story to kids many times, and I love asking them what they think happened to Country Frog. They've said that Country Frog might be hibernating, has moved to a warmer spot, is off looking for food, or is hiding in the water. A few have said that they think he died, but none were beside themselves with grief. Several children observed that Country Frog changes colors over the c
Gail Levine
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Makes me cry every time I read it. And yet it's very comforting.
Lisa Vegan
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
Oh, what can I say about this book. I have to say that I found it incredibly sad. I suspect it’s supposed to be uplifting what with its happy ending, sort of, but I felt sad.

I guess the attempt here is to comment on the nature of friendship, and of loss, and of making new friends, and of letting friends be who they are and enjoying their company, well, and I don’t want to give away too much so that’s all I’ll say. The text is actually quite brief. There are very short sections of story text that
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This extraordinarily good and gentle book introduces the concept of death, loss, and grief to young readers in the most thoughtful way possible.

City dog arrives in the country for the summer where he quickly makes friends with the wise and fun loving country frog. They frollick and have adventures and forge a life long friendship. When city dog returns in the fall he finds his friend is slower and more inclined to remember the fun they once had rather than run around seeking adventures but they
Emmeline Guest
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008q1
I love all of Mo Willems’ books (seriously, I can’t think of one I don’t like) – but this is by far my new favorite.

Still slightly silly and fairly simple (in typically Willems’ fashion) – City Dog Country Frog is story is much sweeter, and offers grown-ups and kids alike an important lesson on friendship, the changing of seasons and life.

Subtle in both words and illustrations this book can be read in many different way to children of all different ages. The first time I read it to my five-yea
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This poignant tale about unlikely friendships by Mo Willems and Jon Muth opens when City Dog joyfully welcomes Spring by running without his leash in the countryside. He soon meets Country Frog and the two become great friends, sharing their talents: splashing, croaking, fetching, and barking as the seasons of the country pass by. I found Willems' spare, repetitive word selection was well-matched with Muth's extremely expressive watercolor illustrations. Each illustration is displayed on the rig ...more
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This book didn't jump out at me at the library, but our girls picked it up. Once I saw that it was a collaboration between two of our favorite children's authors, I was eager to read it. The story is subtle, yet powerful and the depiction of the friendship between the dog and frog is simple, yet has many layers. The willing acceptance and the compromise is demonstrated, but not pounded in. And the way that the story comes full circle is heartwarming.

It's a big departure from Mo Willems' typical
Sep 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A Mo Willems that was a little different for us. Not our typical Gerald and Piggie book, we decided to see if we'd like some of the other stuff by this author. A beautiful book with exquisite pictures that left us feeling a little sad. My 5 yr old really liked it, but it didn't have enough to hold the attention of my 3 yr old twins. I myself loved the illustrations and wish more books like this would win the Caldecott honor. Still, overall, a fun read, something different, and probably a solid l ...more
Alexandre Blackburn
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Heartfelt story about two unusual friends who discover themselves through uncommon situations. Excellent children`s picture book author Mo Williems and illustrator Jon J Muth have once again wrote and illustrated this great book, City dog, country frog. Short tale about two unusual friends and the passing of time.
City dog all excited to run in the wild without a leash meets country frog, an old tired frog. Country frog shows country dog, country frog games. Then city dog shows country frog, cit
Crystal Bandel
City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon Muth, published 2010.

Realistic fiction.

Picture book.

Grades K-4.

Found via Horn Book Magazine, reviewed by Roger Sutton.

City Dog is new to the countryside, so when he runs through the fields near the house in the country, he's delighted to meet Country Frog and become his friend. Through spring, summer, and fall, the two do both city and country activities, as well as reminiscing when Country Frog gets tired. During the winter, Country Frog
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is depressing.

I am a Mo Willems lover, so when I saw this at the library, I had to pick it up! There were two copies so Matt and I read it side by side. I love having a boyfriend who will happily read picture books with me!!!

I digress. Anyway, this was a touching and very well-illustrated book, but very sad. In the book, the dog comes out to the country once in a while and chills with his buddy, the frog. Each season goes by, they hang out and have a good time doing what they do. Then
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story of a friendship through the seasons...literally and figuratively. City dog and country frog meet in the spring and become instant if unusual friends. Their friendship continues through summer and fall, where they sit and remember the fun they had in spring and summer. When winter comes, city dog cannot find his dear friend and sits and waits for spring to come again. Will his old friend return, or will a new friendship develop?

I read this book with my first and second g
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully-illustrated and sweetly-penned book -- an affecting melding of pictures and words. The dog's gleeful enthusiasm for his frog friend and the frog's wise, tender regard for her pup pal moved me like no literary relationship has for quite some time. [n/k] Our 20-month-old is especially taken with the picture of the dog swimming with the frog on his head. But a gentle warning: I wept. My husband tearily exclaimed, "Whaaa? You're killing me here!" Because seasons change, winter ...more
Traci Bold
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A picture book story of a unique friendship between a city dog and a country frog. Also a terrific story dealing with losing a friend. Gentle and caring is what this book oozes which is just right for the tender feelings a child has when they lose a friend or loved one.

I love the ending.

Written by Mo Willems, illustrated Jon J Muth and published by Hyperion Books For Children.

#mustlovedogs #mustlovefrogs #PB #city #country
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-k
This was a leftover book I read today to a non-napper by Mo Willems. I didn't know he had ever collaborated with another illustrator. The text was unlike his other sarcasm filled books. I liked it. It was good for teaching about friendship as well as seasons changing.
Laura Harrison
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not your typical Mo Willems fare. Glorious illustrations by Jon Muth. It is about friendship and ultimately loss. Beautiful and sad. I am always a mess by the end of the book.
An uplifting and a little bit heartbreaking story about friendship, seasons of the year, and the circle of life.

Jon J. Muth's watercolor illustrations are beautiful (ah, those colors!), dynamic, expressive, and they capture the four seasons perfectly:

Sweet on Books
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
City Dog, Country Frog is a simple story about the passing seasons and an unlikely friendship between a frog and a dog – and it is so much more than that too. When City Dog first comes to the country he is happy just to run free. Then he spies something he has never seen before - a frog sitting on a rock. Instead of running in the other direction at something (or someone) new, City Dog approaches this creature and starts a conversation. Country Frog claims that he’s waiting for a friend “But you ...more
May 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I was a little concerned about a book by Willems that he didn’t illustrate himself, but I shouldn’t have. This book is a rich exploration of friendship. A dog who has never lived in the country before runs out through the fields and comes upon a frog sitting on a rock near the water. The frog immediately invites the dog to be his friend and the two play frog games together that spring. When summer comes, the dog and frog play city dog games together, including fetch. In the fall, the frog is gro ...more
Eva Leger
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
Okay, I'm 100% positive that this review will generate hateful comments. I can see Willems is a loved author and this being the first book of his that I've read I'm just not impressed. I think I'm going to have to check out one or two others just to see for myself that I don't like his writing.
I saw this in a few different places before I decided to read it, the first place being in Book Page. The last place I happened to see it, before reading it, was on the GR 2010 voting for childrens books.
Danielle Rapoli
Summary/Review: Dog and Frog meet and make friends in the beginning of the book. They teach each other games and grow to be best friends. As time progresses through the year frog eventually passes. Dog waits patiently for his return, but as he waits makes a new friend. The book represents the theme of loss and introduces it into the class. Happiness can still be seen as Dog is left with memories of Frog and realized he can have a friend in anyone no matter who or what they are. Uses in classroom ...more
Angela Bailey
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Title / Author / Publication Date:
City Dog, Country Frog. / Mo Willems. Jon Muth (ill.) / 2010.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
"Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both" (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
friendship, changing seasons, sorrow and loss, joy and hope

Review citation:
"It’s hard to imagine a picture book
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kidlit, animals, cried, 2016
When a friend mentioned the children's author Mo Willems in breathless affection, I was clueless. Who??

I deplore my own cluelessness when discussing a favorite genre. So I took myself to the librarian, looking for Mo Willem. Ah, Mo Willems! she smiled. Those books don't stay on the shelves long.

Indeed City Dog, Country Frog was the only available title of thirty. I checked it out, took it home and was emotionally sideswiped by this concise tale.

A dog and frog share a friendship through seasona
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amy by: Dolly
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Frankly, I was really surprised to see that this was written by Mo Willems! I don't mean that to be insulting, but honestly, this seemed so different from what I'm used to seeing from him. This was a really bittersweet story, and while the text was very minimal, the pictures by Jon J. Muth were exquisitly beautiful lessons in light and color used to evoke seasons and emotion. Willems' text and Muth's art complimented each other beautifully, and really came together to tell a heartfelt story!

Mary Birky Collier
Link to Book Review:

Ilene Cooper's words in her Booklist Review are themselves beautiful and capture the essence of this book well: "Willems, never one to overwrite, is gracefully spare here, making every word count. That leaves room for Muth's watercolors, richly seasonal, which fill each page. The pictures are imbued with hope and happiness, leaving and longing. This wonderful collaboration makes a significant impact with subtlety and wit. Adults and c
Laura McCarthy
Contains one of my favorite illustrations in a children's book. Two page spread of dog on winter, missing frog. A rare combination of truly outstanding story, text and illustration. Joyful, sad and poignant - great for turn and talk for all ages - including parent/workshop groups.

In the classroom - great for writers who are in a rut. This book is such a departure from mo Willems typical (pigeon, piggy, etc...)
A city dog befriends a country frog during his seasonal visits to the country. The animals play together, enjoying the seasons, until winter comes and frog disappears.
Beautiful water color illustrations by Jon J. Muth, and Mo Willems' brief, precisely-chosen text capture the cycles of life and friendship.
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
bittersweet, with beautiful illustrations.
The Reading Countess
*Cue "The Circle of Life" by Elton John and you've got this sweet story of an unlikely story between two animal friends...until one day, one of them is no longer there.
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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