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Froodle
by Antoinette Portis


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In a normal neighborhood, on a typical day, the birds chirp, the dogs bark and the cats meow. When Little Brown Bird decides she doesn't want to sing the same old song, out comes a new tune that shakes up the neighborhood and changes things forever in this funny, innovative book that kids will love to read outloud.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In a normal neighborhood, on a typical day, the birds chirp, the dogs bark and the cats meow. When Little Brown Bird decides she doesn't want to sing the same old song, out comes a new tune that shakes up the neighborhood and changes things forever in this funny, innovative book that kids will love to read outloud.

A Neal Porter Book

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781596439221
  • ISBN-10: 159643922X
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Words
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Birds

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Portis, whose Not a Box proposed alternative uses for a cardboard cube and whose A Penguin Story imagined how Antarctic birds regard non-wintry colors, delights in “What if?” questions. This tale begins with Crow, Dove, Cardinal, and Little Brown Bird sitting on a power line and expressing themselves with their usual “caw,” “coo,” “chip,” and “peep.” However, “Little Brown Bird didn’t want to sing the same old song,” and she experimentally chirps, “Froodle sproodle!” The large Crow sternly looks her in the eye (“Little brown birds say peep!”), and Dove nervously offers a literal olive branch (“Dove liked to keep the peace”). Goofiness prevails, however, when Cardinal exclaims, “Ickle zickle! Pickle trickle!” Crow flies away, displeased and determined to resist the antics. “Lost caws,” sighs Cardinal, until Crow returns in a better mood. Portis pictures the birds in a plain suburban backyard, and the birds’ cheerful, unorthodox sounds, pictured in voice balloons and hand-lettering, contrast with the strict horizontal and vertical lines. Be prepared for cries of “Oobly snoobly!” and “Cloggen Zoggen Itsyboggen!” after the book is finished. Ages 4–8. Agency: East West Literary Agency. (May)

 
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