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Grumpy frog

Ed Vere     
Age 3-5+ years

In this striking picturebook we meet a very grumpy frog with so many issues – he only likes green things, absolutely hates pink, won’t go swimming because the water is blue or bouncing because the trampoline is yellow. He does enjoy hopping and racing, just as long as he wins of course. However when he unsurprisingly ends up with no friends, grumpy frog feels pretty sorry for himself. How will he react when a (pink!) rabbit offers to play with him?


A funny story about feeling grumpy, compromising, saying sorry and making friends. A book with lots of appeal and resonance for adults as well as children.


Its creator, Ed Vere speaks about the story and reads aloud from it here



Share the story

Before reading the story
look at the cover and title page. Talk about being grumpy, make grumpy faces together and imagine what might be making this frog feel so grumpy.

Read the story aloud
pausing to talk about the story or the illustrations when your child wants to.

Join in
As children become familiar with the story encourage them to join in, for example with the ‘I’m not grumpy’ parts or with the narrator commentary – eg say hello to grumpy frog.

Talk about the story

  • Share favourite pages

  • Look again together at the picture of grumpy frog sitting on the log. Talk about grumpy frog, his feelings and how they change,

  • What would you like to say to grumpy frog?

  • What would you tell someone else about grumpy frog?

Things to make and do

Make puppets
Make stick puppets of grumpy frog, pink rabbit and perhaps some of the other frogs. Use the drawings in the book as a guide.

Act the story
Use the stick puppets you have made or children’s toys and act out the story together.

Make a collection of green things
How many things can you find?

Write a message to Grumpy frog
Talk together about what your child would like to tell Grumpy Frog and write him a message together, children beginning to write could have a go or you could write your child’s ideas for them

Make origami jumping frogs
With older children or to amuse younger children you might like to make origami jumping frogs. If you make several you could have a race – see here

Find out more

More books by Ed Vere 

Read more stories by Ed Vere titles include:

Max the Brave – see our activity page

Max at Night

Max and Bird

Mr Big