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The heartbroken widow of a captain drowned at sea discovers a friendly amphibian at her lowest point. But he is no ordinary frog - he's a dancing frog set on saving her! Soon the duo are touring the world with their routine, spreading light and laughter - and carrying out the occasional rescue - wherever they go. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

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26th February '17
oliver10 read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
The Story of the Dancing Frog 9781781125915
5 stars
As soon as I received this book I loved it, from the front cover down to the illustrations throughout. Inside the flaps of the front and back cover there is a couple of puzzles which is a great unexpected added touch. My son realy enjoyed the story and found it very easy to read
21st February '17
I read it myself (an adult)
The Story of the Dancing Frog 9781781125915
5 stars
This is a beautifully illustrated book which is very easy to read.  It's a story told about a little frog who befriends a woman who tragically looses her husband.  They have amazing adventures together, and the woman makes a brave decision at the end of the story.  There is a very clever moral from Quentin Blake on the last page.  I think, due to the nature of the death at the beginning of the book, I'd actually say it is for 8-11 year old children.  I was wowed by the gorgeous illustrations, and there is a wonderful page at the back of the book which explains to children how Quentin's pictures are created.  A nice little book.
16th February '17
I read it to Bobbin aged 9 aged 9 & to Piglet aged 5 aged 5
The Story of the Dancing Frog 9781781125915
5 stars
Both my children instantly loved the look of this book when it arrived and wanted to hear it straight away. It was a great book to read to a 5 and a 9 year old, striking a good balance between having both enough depth without being too complicated. The story is told between a child and an older relative - the child asks for a family story. Having heard the tale about Uncle Geoffrey and the iceberg, and Sarah and the lions, the woman decides to tell the child the story of Great Aunt Gertrude and the Dancing Frog. 

The story is by turns, sad, poignant, witty and inspiring. One thing I have noticed about Quentin Blake stories are that the female characters are quite empowering, and it is great to see some of the decisions made by Gertrude in this story. 

My children loved this story, and it inspired us to talk about some of our interesting family stories (although sadly we are lacking in tales of lion taming relatives and dancing frogs). 
24th February '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
The Story of the Dancing Frog 9781781125915
5 stars
This is a gorgeous little tactile book that positively invites you to dive in. The illustrations are as lovely as you'd expect from Quentin Blake and the story follows the adventures of a frog. Frogs are so appealing to little ones - probably because of their vibrant colours, ribbet noises and hops! I read the story myself before reading it to my daugther and I had some concerns about the story as it doesn't shy away from sad themes, despite having lots of fun, happy themes too. But actually it wasn't a problem and kids know that happy and sad things happen in life and when they are introduced in a lovely book like this. We love this book - holding it, reading it and now also drawing our own pictures of frogs - and I think it will be part of our family for a long time to come.
21st November '17
I read it to SuperSamuel5 aged 6 aged 6
The Story of the Dancing Frog 9781781125915
4 stars
A nice format with short chapters for young readers who are starting to read independently. Gorgeous, quirky illustrations by Quentin Blake of George (no ordinary frog) and Gertrude. The book's themes may not suit some sensitive readers.  
23rd June '18
I read it to Ellawall aged 5 aged 5
The Story of the Dancing Frog 9781781125915
3 stars
A very odd book, the idea behind the story is a good one. For my 5 year old there were a couple of things I had to dodge around while reading it- reference to suicidal thoughts and drunkenness, I thought it was really strange to be mentioned in a kids book. I don't think my 5 year old really enjoyed it, she was just expecting a funny story about a dancing Frog.

 
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Quentin Blake is a much celebrated English illustrator, author and lecturer. He was born in London in 1932 and is still very active, helping to decorate public spaces including hospitals, galleries and theatres with his drawings. In 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration and became Sir Quentin Blake.

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