Bruno Hachler is a freelance author and musician. He has published other titles for Michael Neugebauer publishing including Hubert and the Apple Tree and The Bears Currently he is working on a CD of childrens songs as well as an adult novel. Birte Muller was born in 1973 in Hamburg, where she still lives and works today. In 1999 her children's book illustrations were chosen for the exhibition and catalogue of the international book fair at Bologna. Her painting- like illustrations are intense and meaningful. They are original and clearly structured and portray a great deal of humour.
K-Gr 2-No matter how he tries to control himself, Farley can't stop farting. At home, in school, wherever he is, his loud "PFFFOOOTTT" shatters the silence. The doctor considers it merely a temporary problem that "will pass"-but it's small consolation for the little frog, who tries to follow his parents' advice to "see if [he] can stop." But this causes his stomach to expand like a balloon and he becomes airborne, drifting ever higher and higher. A giant fart releases his gas and allows him to float gently to earth, cured of his digestive problems. While the subject is sure to capture children's interest, there are some inconsistencies to consider. The cartoon painting of Farley's happy face on the cover might lead readers to believe this is one happy-go-lucky frog. There is no pictorial evidence of the embarrassment that this ailment must have caused him. Would he smile happily while sitting on the potty if he is experiencing stomach distress? Would his mother, relieved that Farley has landed safely and seems to be cured, actually serve bean soup that very evening? And while children may giggle at Farley's dilemma, the pictures and text are totally at odds with one another here. "Pass" on this one.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"The preschool set will likely erupt in giggles.... Red-roofed,
white farm houses dotting the outdoor scenes add European touches
to the artwork; while humorous details...enliven the proceedings of
the hapless cartoon frog."
""The preschool set will likely erupt in giggles.... Red-roofed, white farm houses dotting the outdoor scenes add European touches to the artwork; while humorous details...enliven the proceedings of the hapless cartoon frog.""
Like Lisa Kopelke's Excuse Me! (Children's Forecasts, Jan. 13), Muller's (Giant Jack) tale of a flatulent frog hangs its humor on a basic bodily function. But unlike Kopelke's hero, who learns his lesson, here a fart saves Farley's life. Farley the Frog "had to fart all the time. When he was eating, pfffooottt!... Even when he was sleeping, pfffooottt!" There's not a lot of substance to the airy plot (Farley passes gas in several places, sees the doctor, and then encounters trouble trying to stop), while the amount of pfffooottting seems over the top. But the preschool set will likely erupt in giggles, even if adults may groan at a tired pun or two ("The doctor rolled his eyes and sputtered. `Nothing serious. Just, um, a case of a little gas. It will pass' "). Red-roofed, white farm houses dotting the outdoor scenes add European touches to the artwork; while humorous details (e.g., small red fish with resigned expressions leap from a pond-turned-Jacuzzi, courtesy of Farley's emissions) enliven the proceedings of the hapless cartoon frog, who resembles a chubby Kermit. When Farley attempts to quell his noisy outbursts and swells up like a Macy's parade balloon, readers can easily guess the remedy for his airborne plight. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.