Picture Book Review – Beware of the Frog – William Bee (Author & Illustrator)
Recommended for Toddlers/Younger Readers
I’ve not come across William Bee before, but I found this on a list of ‘darker’ picture books. It’s not dark like Game of Thrones (obviously…), but I suppose for a book for young children this does have a sort of dark edge to it. Which is fine, because this is very funny indeed.
Poor Mrs Collywobbles is hiding in her kitchen, afraid of the Greedy Goblin, the Smelly Troll and the Giant Hungry Ogre that want to eat her. Luckily she has a guard frog to help protect her, one that the evil creatures had better start taking seriously…
Children will love the guard frog who turns out to be rather more capable than the creatures give him credit for. Parents will laugh along, too, as he successfully stops them from eating Mrs Collywobbles. And everyone will be in stitches with the final twist, which comes out of nowhere and is wonderfully clever.
The illustrations are nice, unique enough to make them stand them, but not outlandish or overstated. It’s a very simple story altogether, but one that works brilliantly, and that parents will love as much as their children. It’s the sort of thing that Mo Willems or Jon Klassen would write, which is ever a bonus.
Definitely one to check out!