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Lizards, frogs, and polliwogs : poems and paintings
Florian, Douglas.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San diego : Harcourt, [2001]

Physical Description:
47 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of humorous poems about such reptiles and amphibians as the glass frog, the gecko, and the rattlesnake.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 47331.

Reading Counts RC K-2 3.1 2 Quiz: 24650 Guided reading level: NR.
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Toadally hilarious reptile and amphibian poems.
Hop on in to Douglas Florian's new collection of twenty-one original poems and paintings. From transparent glass frogs and ravenous rattlesnakes to sticky geckos and stressed-out skinks, this slithery spectacle showcases once again a master's incomparable skill for making poetry informative, fun--and irresistible!

Author Notes

Douglas Florian, writer and illustrator of children's books, was born March 18, 1950 in New York City. He was educated at Queens College of the City University of New York, receiving a B.A. in 1973. He also attended the School of Visual Arts in 1976.

His early work was as a political illustrator and cartoonist; he did many drawings for The New York Times and for the New Yorker magazine. More recently, his self-illustrated books include A Fisher, Beast Feast, and Bing Bang Boing. His illustrations have appeared in Freeing the Natural Voice (with Kristin Linklater), Dorothy O. Van Woerkom's Tit for Tat, and Thomas M. Cook and Robert A. Russell's Introduction to Management Science. Additionally, he has contributed more than 300 drawings to magazines and newspapers, including Travel and Leisure, Across the Board, and The Nation.

Florian has received numerous awards including the Reading Magic Award from Parenting magazine in 1994 for Bing, Bang, Boing. He was the Books of Distinction finalist in the Hungry Mind Review for Bing Bang Boing. Beast Feast received the Gold Medal from the National Parenting Publications awards in 1994, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Poetry in 1995, and Dinothesaurus was a Junior Library Guild Selection in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5, younger for reading aloud. Florian continues his winning formula capturing creatures with his playful poetry and imaginative artwork. This time it is reptiles and amphibians that fall under his discerning gaze. Some of the animals are familiar, such as the cobra. Others are more exotic, such as the skink ("Along the ground I'm found--I slink / Through the grass I pass--I am a skink" ). Florian packs a surprising amount of information into his short rhymes. For instance, the poem about the Gila monster informs kids, "They call me monster just because / I have short legs and clumsy claws, / and poison in my jaws." The artwork is as good as ever. Skill and whimsy mark the full-page watercolors: a gecko climbs across a ceiling, his owner right behind him. Who would want to be an iguana with a spiny tail covered with scales? Well, perhaps at Halloween: look at the trick-or-treater in his striking green iguana costume set against a pickle-green sky. Lots of fun for a wide age range--including adults. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like Florian's Insectlopedia and Mammalabilia, this volume contains witty poems filled with comic word playDthis time about 21 scaly, slimy creatures. With the droll verbal dexterity of J. Patrick Lewis and the just slightly naughty humor of Jack Prelutsky, Florian regales his readers with unexpected rhymes. "It's wise to stay clear/ Of the dangerous cobra," he warns, "all the months of the year,/ Including Octobra." A picture of a costumed child holding a jack-o'-lantern is accompanied by the verse "I wouldn't wanna/ Be an iguanaD/ Except for Halloween." From the Midwife Toad ("On Dad's back the eggs are toted./ To his kids he's toadally devoted") to the Poison-Dart Frogs, Florian finds mischievous reptile lore that will make young readers laugh. At first glance his illustrations seem less varied than in the previous books, but these bug-eyed amphibians have a low-key style of their own. The newt reads the "Newt News" paper, and the Glass Frog camouflaged on a leaf labels various parts of the painting either "me" or "leaf." The medium is different, too: here Florian uses watercolors and collage elements atop brown paper bags. The warm, familiar tones and soft lines belie the idiosyncrasy of the compositionsDthese frogs and friends don't necessarily jump out at readers, but continually take them by surprise. Ages 5-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-6-Florian keeps adding to his collections of animal doggerel, and this one stands up to the rest. Twenty-one poems, each about a particular amphibian or reptile, are full of surprises, and are a delight to read aloud. "Along the ground I'm found-I slink./Through grass I pass-I am a skink./Bite my tail and it releases./I don't fight back-/I fall to pieces." That last line "falls" down the page, and the poet uses concrete shapes in a few other selections. Some of the selections are stronger than others, but each one is a pleasure, laid out on its own single page facing a quirky watercolor painting. Though the poems do include information about the various animals, they are less instructive than they are fanciful. Serious and unpoetic herpetologists, however, may find themselves won over. Beautifully designed, this title is as irresistible as Florian's others-put it out and watch it go.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.