Frog Squad: Dessert disaster by Kate and Jol Temple. Illus. by Shiloh Gordon

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Frog Squad: Dessert Disaster by Kate and Jol Temple is the first in what will undoubtedly be another favourite series. Featuring delightful black and white illustrations by Siloh Gordon, readers will quickly be immersed into a ribbit-ing adventure that combines humour, action and amphibious charm.

In this fast paced tale, readers join a squad of courageous frogs as they embark on a mission to salvage an ice cream tanker in peril. The story kicks off with an amusing twist as the amphibian heroes find themselves in the spotlight of a news team's interview to capture their adventures. However, their mission takes an unexpected turn when they arrive to discover the tanker has been hijacked by the dastardly Toad Team. Can they overcome those cunning toads and save the ocean life, or will Toad and his henchmen prove too tough?

Blended with wit and excitement, ingenuity and suspense, readers will be hooked from the beginning. The twisting plot, clever frog-themed puns and some wildlife facts scattered throughout, this new series is sure to entice giggles from children and adults alike.

The Frog Squad are a team like no other! They leap off the page with their distinct personalities and endearing quirks. Each member brings something unique to the table, from their unwavering bravery to their quick thinking in the face of danger. Readers will find themselves rooting for these plucky amphibians as they navigate each challenge thrown their way.

Gordon’s illustrations add an extra layer of engagement, capturing the excitement and energy of the Frog Squad's escapades. The black and white cartoon style pictures and speech bubble texts engage readers to fully immerse themselves in the world of these brave little frogs. Mixed between a graphic and standard novel style, this book targets a wide audience and will appeal to many.

Frog Squad: Dessert Disaster is a delightful read that will leave readers hopping with joy. Temple and Siloh have crafted a charming tale that is sure to become a favourite among children and adults alike, making it a must-have addition to any bookshelf.

Themes: Problem solving, Teamwork, Humour, Amphibians, Ocean life, Responsibilities, Conservation, Consequence of actions.

Michelle O'Connell