Leap, Frog (Hardcover)

By Jane Cutler, Tracey Campbell Pearson (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374343620, 208pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2002



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.

About the Author

Jane Cutler has written three other books about the Fraser brothers: "No Dogs Allowed, Rats!," and '"Gator Aid." She lives in San Francisco, California. Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including "Bob." She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

Praise For Leap, Frog

"In this latest series entry, bespectacled brothers Edward and Jason Fraser get a new next-door neighbor . . . Humorous dialogue that doesn't strain too hard for laughs, eccentric secondary characters, and, in Edward, an appealing third-grade protagonist with enthusiasm for art and the theater make this a good choice for readers." --The Horn Book "Though a quieter wit than Hilary McKay's, it has some of her domestic shrewdness, and it's one of the components that makes this a very useful book in a rather undercrowded field: the high-end chapter book . . . That's a bigger jump for kids than often credited, and Cutler deftly and carefully cushions the leap for her little reading frogs, who'll appreciate this as a solid and attractive literary lily pad. . . ." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books