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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Antoinette Portis; Illustrations by the author

Roaring Brook Press


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

ALA Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Praise for Froodle

“A goofily garrulous story session.” —BCCB

“The big, bold speech balloons filled with irrestistible nonsense words make this a great choice for shared read-alouds.” —Booklist

“With its suburban setting and palette of pale blues and eau de nil, there's a subtle retro feel to this celebration of playful remarks.” —Wall Street Journal

“Portis's fun story is filled with humor and silly rhyming words that both children and adults will appreciate.” —School Library Journal

“The creator of A Penguin Story (2009) returns with another imaginative solution to monotony and predictability in the natural world... "The neighborhood was never the same," the narrator reports, and neither will be the charmed listeners and readers of this cheerful inivation to invention.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“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.” —Publishers Weekly

“Be preapared for "Oobly snooby!" and "Cloggen Zoggen Itsyboggen!" after the book is finished” —Publishers Weekly


Reviews from Goodreads

Antoinette Portis; Illustrations by the author

Antoinette Portis is the author of many inventive books, including Not a Box, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Geisel Honor Book. She is the recipient of a Sendak Fellowship. Froodle is her first book for Roaring Brook Press. Ms. Portis lives in southern California.

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