Friday, October 5, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - No Frogs in School

When I was a child, my mother always gave me - and my siblings - books for Christmas and birthdays. When I became a mom, I always gave my children books for Christmas and their birthdays, so I suppose it is just a natural extension for me to continue to do this with my grandchildren, now I'm a grandma.

Recently I spent some time looking through the Sterling Children's Books new release catalog and one book in particular caught my attention - No Frogs in School. It could be it caught my attention, because the title sounds like it goes with a fun story. It could be the illustrations which go with the title caught my attention. It could be, because it reminded me of the day I brought a snake to school - and scared the captain of the football team! It could be for all these reasons, but most likely the last one!

At any rate, I asked my contact at Sterling Children's Books if it was available for review and she said it was - and for giveaway as well. So today I'm very happy to let you know about this fun book.

No Frogs in School
Author - A. LaFaye
Illustrator - Eglantine Ceulemans
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4-7 (and grandmas, too!)

Favorite Features -
  • A very, very fun story which will engage children and leave them laughing!
  • Colorful, detailed illustrations add to the fun.
  • Provides opportunities to talk about obeying, creative thinking and sharing.
Sterling Children's Books says; "Bartholomew Botts loves pets—but his teacher, Mr. Patanoose, says, 'No Frogs in School!' So what will happen when Bartholomew’s beloved creatures meet up with Mr. Patanoose’s rules? Lots of FUN! Hoppy pets, hairy pets, scaly pets: Bartholomew Botts loves them all. And he doesn’t want to go to school without one. How will Bartholomew keep his animal friends close at hand . . . and follow Mr. Patanoose's rules, too? Illustrated with energetic and humorous artwork, this back-to-school story will be a favorite with every animal-loving kid!"

I loved No Frogs in School and I know my grandsons will as well! I am confident they would LOVE to bring their dogs - Gimli and Roxie to school with them just as Bartholomew Botts wants to do in this fun story. Creative, fun and full of energy, I love how this story shows children how to think creatively while also introducing them to different types of pets (and was relieved the spider did not show up in the story, because, after all, spiders are NOT pets!)

As I mentioned above, Sterling Children's Books not only sent me one copy of No Frogs in School to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only). If you are over the age of 18, would like to be in this drawing for No Frogs in School on November 5, 2018, please comment below to share what types of pets you, or your children/grandchildren had or have. I had cats and dogs, my children had cats, Basset Hounds, a Springer Spaniel, birds, fish, hamsters, a turtle and bunnies and my grandsons have two dogs.

In addition, if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG, or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email, you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done (as long as you let me know which of these you have done by commenting below.) Plus, if you "share" this post, you will receive one additional entry the first time you share in any of these places (please let me know when and where you share). This will help me draw names from among people who would like to win No Frogs in School and it gives you several ways to enter the giveaway! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know! 


  1. This looks like a fun book! Growing up, I had cats and a dog. Now we have a dog and fish. I follow you on Facebook, Google plus and email. I have shared this post on Facebook. Thanks for your giveaways!

  2. We have one dog and one cat right now. We have had more barn cats in the past --- but we are down to just one now.

  3. We have only ever had a pet fish.

  4. tweeted

  5. My grands have had a dog, cats, rabbits, and fish.