Title: My Brother the Frog
By: Kevin McNamee
Illustrated by: Alexander Morris
Published by: Guardian Angel Publishing, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61633-160-3; 1616331607
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth
Synopsis: This is a cute and humorous book about sibling rivalry. It is Kevin McNamee’s second book about this topic. What is this Thing was also published by Guardian Angels Press earlier this year.
My Brother the Frog discusses the problems that arise when one brother really bugs another one. The troubled brother decides that if he turned his brother into a frog, he wouldn’t have to deal with him as much. So, one day he turns his brother into a frog. But his parents get mad, and all the other frogs get mad too. And there are still some major drawbacks to having a frog as a brother. So, the brother tries to turn him back to the way he was, but this doesn’t happen. Instead, he becomes a large duckling and can’t even fit into the tub. So, he still bugs his brother. Then he turns him into a chicken. As a chicken, his brother keeps him awake all night. Then the brother tries to turn him back into what he was initially, but this time he becomes a penguin and lives in the freezer. The moral of the story is even if your brother bugs you and you get mad at him, he’s really not that bad. Maybe siblings should just accept their brothers as they are and not try to turn them into something they not.
Overall thoughts: There are many great lessons to learn from this book for kids. For one thing, it can open up some much needed discussion about the problems that siblings have with each other. Some siblings don’t get along no matter what and are always mad at each other. This leads to bad morale in the family and unnecessary conflict and tension. Secondly, it can teach kids that there is no point in trying to change their brothers or sisters. All they have to do is accept them for what they are and love them unconditionally. What a great message for kids.