Review of Frog and Toad Are Friends

Frog and Toad Are Friends [I Can Read Book]
by Arnold Lobel; illus. by the author
Primary    Harper/HarperCollins    72 pp.    g
9/20    978-0-06-298343-5    $18.99
Here is a welcome new edition of this iconic, Caldecott Honor–winning easy reader, reissued with a section at the end of seven pages of background material. Fans are treated to glimpses into Lobel’s working methods and mindset (“It is a kind of pleasant omnipotence that I feel at the drawing board. There is a little world at the end of my pencil”); see early sketches of beloved characters and a notebook page of scribbled text for chapter one of the book; get an explanation of the three-color art separation process; and see photos of Lobel — as a young man, at work at his desk, with one of his children, acting in a home movie. One quote will surely resonate with all of us, and does much to explain the appeal of Frog and Toad. When asked whether he saw himself more as Frog or more as Toad, Lobel answered, “Both, both. I think everybody is both.”

From the July/August 2020 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Martha V. Parravano

Martha V. Parravano is a contributing editor to The Horn Book, Inc., and co-author of the Calling Caldecott blog.

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