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Leap, frog
Cutler, Jane.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.
Physical Description:
197 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edward and his new friend Charley prepare for the First Annual Mark Twain Memorial Jumping Frog Contest.
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.0 5.0 64505.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 9 Quiz: 33573 Guided reading level: O.
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A new Fraser brothers adventure

When a karate-chopping kindergartner named Charley moves in next door, Edward Fraser and his older brother, Jason, see mischief in the making. Charley is good at kicking, jumping, noise-making, and running wild. He's not so good at staying out of trouble. Charley leads Edward a merry chase, complicating everything. A fragile egg baby is imperiled by his antics. The First Annual Mark Twain Memorial Jumping Frog Contest ends in controversy because of him. And Edward's ninth birthday celebration, an afternoon at the theater, requires special planning and has unpredictable results when Charley takes it for granted that he's invited.

Booklist has compared Jane Cutler's previous Fraser brothers stories to the beloved classics by Beverly Cleary, and this fourth book lives up to the promise. With numerous comical pictures to boot, Leap, Frog is a choice chapter book for early readers.

Author Notes

Jane Cutler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1936. When Jane was six she moved to Clayton, Missouri. In Clayton, Jane she was encouraged to read, draw, participate in drama and sports, and to do what she loved best: to write.

Jane went to Northwestern University and graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor's degree in English. In 1982, she graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master's degree in Creative Writing. In 1993, she published her first book for children. Both Jane and her books have won various awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. Although it would be an exaggeration to describe this as a problem novel, Cutler takes on a situation that many kids face. Third-grader Edward Fraser, last heard from in Cutler's 'Gator Aid (1999), is the object of hero worship when Charlie, a first-grader, arrives in the neighborhood. Charlie is a handful, but Edward almost always treats him with patience and kindness. Much of the book centers on a frog-jumping contest in homage to Mark Twain, which provides plenty of light suspense and comedy. Many middle-graders will see themselves in this novel that evokes the joys of a loving (if slightly eccentric) family and the unpredictability of neighborhood life. --Todd Morning

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-In this fourth story about the Fraser brothers, third-grader Edward helps his brother Jason's friends with their seventh-grade sex-ed project by drawing faces on the eggs they must care for. The children plan the First Annual Mark Twain Memorial Jumping Frog Contest, and Edward insists on attending a live theater performance for his birthday. Mrs. Fraser is learning to be a clown so that she can entertain hospitalized children. Charley, an overly energetic first grader who is new to the neighborhood, appears in each episode. Readers not familiar with the previous books may find the number of characters hard to keep track of at first. However, the satisfying plot development, humorous characterizations, warm and realistic family interactions, and light mood make this title an appropriate selection for children transitioning into chapter books. Pearson's amusing pen-and-ink illustrations, one per chapter, add appeal.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.