Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gophers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log!
Click to view the OI FROG! book trailer with voice over by Adam Buxton.
"Hilarious illustrations and rhymes which are easy to recite and join in. Everyone will love it." - Guardian
Back in 2011, just after Cats Ahoy! was published I had a meeting with the lovely Emma Layfield at Hodder Children's Publication who had seen Cats Ahoy! and spotted a little frog illustration I had on my website at the time. She had Kes Gray's Oi Frog! manuscript in her hand and was keen for me to develop some character concepts for it.
So very excited at the prospect of this book, I went to my desk and worked up some characters . These are the very initial sketches I made of the cat and frog and also of the lion and hare.
I then developed the characters concepts into colour to give a taste of how the finished 'look' might be, the frog actually doesn't change much at all, in-fact this early pose of him with the splinters in his bottom was the same pose in the opening spread. The cat developed as the booked progressed.
The image below was another colour concept which you might recognise. Hodder fell in love with this concept and as a result it ended up being the book cover. This has never happened before or after to me.
PRAISE FOR OI FROG!
"You'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining book than this stunningly illustrated story... an absolute treat." — Daily Mail
"Laugh out loud funny, with great illustrations... cries out for a second reading immediately! * * * * *" — Bookbag
"Brilliant illustrations with hilarious story outcome... perfect author/illustrator pairing. A real winner." — Peters eGazette
"A hilarious rhyming story which has animals sitting on more and more unlikely things, all in the interests of rhyme... perfectly pitched for young children." — Parents in Touch
"You'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining book than this stunningly illustrated story... Field's illustrations are bursting with energy and silliness... an absolute treat." — Irish Daily Mail
"I adore this fantastic picture book... Jim Field's strong and amusing illustrations bring this hilarious rhyming story to life... no doubt going to be the favourite choice for bedtime... for both children and adults!" — Bath Chronicle
"Kes Gray and Jim Field make an excellent pairing in this picture book perfectly aimed at young children... a series of increasingly funny scenes, making this a picture book that is fun to share. * * * *" — Books for Keeps
"Hilarious illustrations and rhymes... everyone will love it." — Libby Allman (Children's Book Specialist)
"I absolutely loved Kes Gray's hilarious rhyming tale... terrific." — Red Reading Hub
"Delightfully wicked, will have the whole family laughing!" — Norwich Evening News
"Readers will enjoy the clever play on words as well as the bold and comical illustrations." — Carousel
"gets our vote for funniest book of 2014. A brilliant, brightly coloured gift that is guaranteed to have you in stitches." — Mumsnet
"Perfect for 3-5 year-olds... an hilarious re-readable future favourite." — Waterstones (Leilah Shelton)
"A very funny book with a lovely twist to the tale. Really entertaining... perfect for bedtime." — Books for Keeps
"Readers will enjoy the clever play on words as well as the bold and comical illustrations" — Carousel
"Storytime will never be the same. Impossible to resist" — Kirkus
"Great fun" — independent.ie
"Delightfully mad" — telegraph.co.uk
"[A] hugely enjoyable piece of rhyming fun...This is simply an absolute delight to read aloud with your child and became a firm bedtime favourite with my 6 year old daughter Coco" commented radio 2's Jo Whiley — Teach Primary
"A fun and welcome addition to the world of rhyming animal books" — School Library Journal
"Expect lots of laughter" — Booklist
"Children will adore joining in with the strong rhyming patterns as well as loving the ridiculous scenarios" — Teaching English (Primary Matters)
"This is a book that's been made to be read out loud....Taking the cat sat on a mat as a starting point, we find out what different animals sit on. But what does frog sit on? It's simply brilliant." — The Independent
"It's simply brilliant" — The Independent
OI FROG! is available in hardback, paperback, board book and soon a Jigsaw book CLICK TO BUY HERE
Publication date: 05 Feb 2015
Page count: 32
Imprint: Hodder Children's Books