10 Little Frogs
by Jason Travis (Author) Shawn Michael Travis (Illustrator)
Children’s Picture Book
#TenLittleFrogs is a rhyming, counting picture book that leaps off the page with each ribbit-ribbit-ribbit – @JasonCTravis #PictureBook #KidLitTweet
Frogs on a log (or any just about any kid-friendly animal for that matter) is about the most popular trope for a counting book there is. Kudos to Jason Travis for putting an innovative and modern spin on it with his debut children’s book entitled 10 Little Frogs. The little frogs wish on a star and become changed by their wish. One by one they go off to explore their transformation.
Kids love to play make believe and they will enjoy seeing what each of the little green jumpers gets up to, whether it is baking a cake (decorative flies included), smelling a flower, or singing a song. The small anmount of text on each page along wth rhyming prose will make it easy for pre- and early readers to enjoy this book.
The true draw for this story, if you will excuse the pun, is the artwork taking up each full page. Colorful eye popping illustrations filled with tiny detail that will keep kids engaged with the story and provide a chance for parental collaboration as together they can search for the squirrel and turtle friends in every escapade. There are also easter egg style details for attentive observers to find such as Big Foot, a unicorn, and even a dragon.
This is solid debut for the Travis Brothers.
I received an advance review copy for free from Blackberry Book Tours, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
A group of ten frogs sit on a log, when a shooting star passes overhead. Each makes a wish and is magically transformed into a playful, fun version of themselves. One by one each hops off the log to enjoy a different kind of adventure. Ten Little Frogs is a rhyming, counting picture book that leaps off the page with each ribbit-ribbit-ribbit.
“This is a great book for children who are learning to count. The frogs themselves are charming and engaging. I love the original poem by author Jason Travis that introduced the frogs and set up the story. The artwork is attractive, unique, and employs vivid, bold colors that are sure to delight. I would like to add that this book presents a splendid opportunity to interact with children reading the book through playacting the story, talking about frog biology, and reinforcing the value of counting and numbers-just to mention a few examples. 5 Stars” – George Yuhasz
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3vhkCaj
Jason and Shawn are brothers, born, raised, and still residents in Pittsburgh, PA. 10 Little Frogs is their first adventure in children’s literature, and hopefully the first of many fun books to come.
Jason has always enjoyed writing. From short stories to poetry, it’s always been a passion. He gives a lot of credit to his parents for that passion – growing up, they were always reading to him or making up stories at bedtime. When he and his wife, Lori, welcomed their daughter, Kathryn, into the world in 2016, that same tradition of story telling continued. It’s what ultimately inspired him to write 10 Little Frogs, as the dedication in the book illustrates.
Media link: https://twitter.com/JasonCTravis
Shawn is a self-taught artist, drawing was something Shawn picked up during his college days. A fan of the show Bob’s Burgers, and a lover of animals, the dog in the book is based on Shawn’s best buddy, Ender.