Thank you to Penguin Young Readers for the advance copy of Life According to Og the Frog. All opinions are our own.
Meet Og the Frog. Due circumstances out of his control, he finds himself in Mrs. Brisbane’s room as a class pet. But much to his surprise, there is already a pet that resides in room 26; the infamous hamster, Humphrey. Humphrey squeak squeaks, Og boing boings, yet the two find a way to communicate with each other and become friends. Your students will love getting to know Humphrey’s friend in this new chapter book by Betty G. Birney. We know that Og loves being able to call Humphrey his friend, so it got us thinking about why it would be great to have a frog as a friend! Are there any reasons you would add to the list?
1. You can finally win the long jump contest. We’ve all dreamed about being a superstar in some fashion or another, so now’s your chance to be a champion long jumper. With a little help and training from Og, you’re sure to win first place.
2. You can finally get immunity to pesky warts. Afraid of looking like a witch? Scared to get a big wart on your toe? Hanging around a frog all the time will build up your immunity and you’ll be wart free from here on out!
3. You can learn all about the birds and the bees. Or, eh, the tadpoles and the frogs. It’s a science lesson every day when your best friend is a frog.
4. You can save on your exterminator bill. Og LOVES chirping crickets, and chances are, you don’t. Are some of them finding their way into your basement, or keeping you up at night when your windows are open? Having a frog around will help eliminate those noisy little critters and you’ll be feeding your friend at the same time!
5. You might have just found your prince charming. It’s not everyday that you find yourself friends with a frog. And once the two of your have been friends for a while, some thoughts might creep into your mind. What if this frog is really my prince charming? Should I kiss him? Do I even believe in this stuff? If you really have to wonder if you believe in that magic, you might take a few steps back because you’ve just admitted to having a frog as a friend. But we aren’t stopping you. Go ahead and kiss the adorable fella!
6. You finally have your “in” to meet Kermit. Who doesn’t want to meet that adorable little guy? And now with your frog best friend, you’ve got your connection. Enough said!
Og the frog is ready to be your friend on July 3rd, when Life According to Og the Frog hits bookstore shelves.
Author Bio – Betty G. Birney has won many awards for writing for television, including an Emmy, three Humanitas Prizes, and a Writers Guild of America Award. In addition to the Humphrey series, she is the author of The Seven Wonders of Sassafrass Springs and The Princess and the Peabodys. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, where her parents grew up as neighbors on Humphrey Street.