A Spoonful of Frogs (Hardcover)

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By Casey Lyall, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
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Staff Reviews

Check out this great recipe for Frog Soup... if only you could catch those pesky frogs! Such fun, kids will love this one.

— Suzanna

Put the frogs—put the frogs on—put—put the frogs in the review, and enjoy your soup to the side. Brosgol's illustrations are always to di(n)e for. Will leave kids giggling.

— Nicole


Frogs are the most important ingredient in a witch’s favorite treat—but they are also the hardest to get into the cauldron! From acclaimed author Casey Lyall and Caldecott Honor artist Vera Brosgol, A Spoonful of Frogs is a humorous and wholly original picture book—and a winning recipe for readers who loved Dragons Love Tacos and Room on the Broom.

A witch’s favorite treat is frog soup. Luckily, it’s healthy and easy to make. To give it that extra kick and a pop of color, the key ingredient is a spoonful of frogs. But how do you keep the frogs on the spoon? They hop, they leap, they hide . . . and they escape. What is a poor witch to do?

Casey Lyall is a master of comedic timing with her deceptively simple and energetic text, and Caldecott Honor winnerVera Brosgol’s vibrant, hilarious illustrations make the witch—and the frogs!—practically leap off the page. The solution to the witch’s dilemma will surprise and delight young readers and their parents alike.

Teeming with laugher and hijinks, A Spoonful of Frogs is pure fun from beginning to end. A must-have for young readers, parents, witches, frog-lovers, and aspiring chefs. 

About the Author

Casey Lyall is the author of the acclaimed middle grade series Howard Wallace, P.I. She lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada, where she also works at her local library. Her favorite soup is chicken soup with LOTS of potatoes, and her favorite frog is the red-eyed tree frog.

Vera Brosgol received a Caldecott Honor for her picture book Leave Me Alone! She is also the acclaimed author and artist of Memory Jars, The Little Guys, and the graphic novels Anya’s Ghost and Be Prepared. Her favorite soup is borscht, and her favorite frog is the hourglass frog. Vera Brosgol lives in Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…

“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 (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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062890290
ISBN-10: 0062890298
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English