On Today’s Menu: A Hilarious Book on Problem Solving & a Frog Soup Gone Wrong

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A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, but a spoonful of frogs makes for a witch’s perfect soup recipe–that may (definitely) end in a disaster. For children reading A Spoonful of Frogs, they’ll love watching one witch’s journey as she hosts her own cooking show, which begins to go wrong as the core ingredient refuses to cooperate.

From acclaimed author Casey Lyall and Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol, A Spoonful of Frogs is a wholesome title that’ll fill your little one with uncontrollable giggles. The action-packed picture book features engaging illustrations, energetic yet simple text and a humorous plot that’s an all-around win for parents, young readers and aspiring chefs.

With a determined witch prepared to enjoy her famous treat, children will walk away with core themes on social and emotional learning. As a master of comedic storytelling, Lyall has created a must-read that’ll surprise kiddos and leave them leaping for more.

On today’s cooking show: one witch’s famed soup and a whole lot of stubborn toads!

The Story

Written as a live recording of a TV cooking show, A Spoonful of Frogs follows a committed witch teaching her budding chefs how to make her favorite recipe (and a witch’s beloved treat): frog soup.

For a robust flavor and vibrant color, one spoon-worth of frogs is the key ingredient that makes the soup a stand-out dish amidst witches. The only problem is: how does a chef keep the hop-happy creatures from leaping off their spoon and into the sourcing hot cauldron?

With each page, kids will burst into belly laughs as the frustrated witch chases the difficult amphibians all throughout her kitchen. With social- and self-awareness, self-management, problem-solving and relationship-building skills, however, the witch just might be able to enjoy a warm bowl after all.

This toad-ally hilarious book will have your kids teeming with laughter!

What Others Have to Say About A Spoonful of Frogs

“An attempt to make frog soup, a witch’s favorite treat, spells disaster during a cooking show when a key ingredient refuses to cooperate with the enchanting chef. . . . Lyall paces this mischievous story deliciously with well-timed page turns and repetition . . . Brosgol, meanwhile, makes excellent use of both white space and multipanel pages to enhance the comedic experience. . . . An all-seasons recipe for storytime success as readers will root for the frazzled witch to work her way out of a hilarious pickle.” — Booklist (a starred review)

“[A witch] demonstrates how to make frog soup in this humorous picture book tutorial. But after tossing in various veggies, the key ingredient—the titular froggy spoonful—refuses to cooperate. . . . The wily, hop-happy frogs escape from their tank, then prove subsequently and continually elusive. . . . Ideal for fans of cooking shows—or any kid who gets the giggles from seeing a flustered adult trying to hold it together.” — Publishers Weekly

“[A witch] hosts her TV show . . . Today’s episode involves a demonstration on how to make Frog Soup. . . . Expecting the frog to stay on the spoon is her undoing as she tries to remain professional and keep her cool. . . . This entertaining tale is a humorous look at how well-laid plans can sometimes go awry, and it will tickle children’s silly bones.” — School Library Journal

Through humor, action and suspense, your kids will enjoy universal themes subtly weaved throughout A Spoonful of Frogs–and just might request a cooking show of their own. Purchase the children’s book today and learn more about other works from Lyall at harpercollins.com.

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