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Jubal's wish
Wood, Audrey.
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Publication Information:
New York : Blue Sky Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Jubal Bullfrog wishes for happiness for his animal friends and finds that sometimes wishes come true in an unexpected way.
Reading Level:
AD 400 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 45146.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.8 2 Quiz: 21917 Guided reading level: M.
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Author Notes

Audrey Wood was born on August 12, 1948. She is a children's book author and illustrator. Her books include Blue Sky, Silly Sally, Weird Parents, The Red Racer, and Tugford Wanted To Be Bad. She also collaborates with her husband Don Wood on picture books. These include Moonflute, The Napping House, Tickle-Octopus, Bright and Early Thursday Evening, and The Full Moon at the Napping House.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. One bright, sunny day, young Jubal Bullfrog invites his friends Gerdy Toad and sailboat captain Dalbert Lizard to share a picnic. But, alas, Gerdy has work to do. And besides, her house is a mess, and her seven toadlets are into everything. "Work, work, work," she grumps, "that's all I ever do." As for Dalbert, he's one morose lizard. "No one wants to sail in an old boat with an old captain," he mourns. Poor Jubal. It's not easy being green. More than anything, he wishes he could do something to make his friends happy. But wishes are funny things, as the bullfrog learns--sometimes they work and sometimes . . . If Audrey Wood's sweet-spirited story of the magical power of friendship is occasionally a bit too sunny, Don Wood's lavish double-page pictures, packed with personality, add a touch of dramatic darkness, humor, and narrative unpredictability that will leave most readers wishing for more. --Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pollyanna hasn't a thing on Jubal as the Woods' (The Napping House) passable story opens, "Once upon a bright and sunny day." This chipper bullfrog, "so happy his feet barely touched the ground," has a picnic to share. But his overworked neighbor, Gerdy Toad, is too busy with her brood of "toadlets," and Dalbert Lizard, a sad, washed-up sea captain, is not in the mood. When a wizard appears to grant Jubal a wish, the hero hopes for happiness for his pals. Alas, not only do they seem more miserable than ever, but black clouds, thunder and lightning darken Jubal's sunny dayÄand his spirits. Luckily the storm precedes Jubal's fulfilled wish and a predictable, happy-ever-after conclusion. The wordy text grows flowery ("A splendid feeling of wonder moved up from his toes to the tip of his nose") and electric, computer-enhanced hues illuminate rather gaudy illustrations, which include several off-putting images of the bug-eyed amphibian and reptilian characters. Ages 3-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-It is such a glorious day that Jubal Bullfrog asks Gerdy Toad and Captain Dalbert Lizard to join him on a picnic. However, Gerdy is too busy with her seven scalawag toadlets and "old salt" Dalbert feels too sorry for himself, so Jubal continues alone. When he wishes his friends could be happy, a wizard appears to grant his request but warns him that, when you make wishes, "You never know how they'll turn out in the end." Returning home, he is disappointed to discover that nothing has changed for Gerdy or Dalbert but a storm is brewing on the horizon. The ensuing flood washes Jubal out to sea where he is rescued by Dalbert, who has enlisted Gerdy and her toadlets to serve as crew on his trusty old boat. All agree to embark on a grand adventure and they sail off under a rainbow together. Wish fulfillment at its most basic, this tale moves along briskly with a simple story line and predictable dialogue. The narrative is overwhelmed, though, by the oversized computer-assisted illustrations; blue skies and bluer water fill each double-page spread and the very realistic amphibians and reptiles are dramatically, if statically, posed. Jubal is appealing enough, particularly when he cries huge, ploppy computer-generated tears, but his total disregard for the rising floodwaters strains credulity as does his serendipitous rescue. While perfectly designed for group sharing, young listeners might make a wish of their own for a more engrossing adventure.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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