Books

Frog and the Birdsong

Max Velthuijs

One autumn day Frog discovers a blackbird lying motionless in the grass. Worried, he asks his friends what can be the matter. Very gently and simply, then animals begin to understand the meaning of death and the beauty of life in this moving story.

Frog and a Very Special Day

Max Velthuijs

Frog is excited – Hare has promised that today will be a very special day. But when Frog decides to find out why, none of his friends seem to know. Has Hare been playing a trick on him? No – Frog has forgotten his own birthday! Luckily his friends haven't – they're throwing him a surprise party to celebrate his special day.

Frog and the Stranger

Max Velthuijs

When Rat comes to live at the edge of their wood, the animals decide they don't like having a stranger in their midst. But Frog is friendly by nature, and decides to find out if Rat is really as unpleasant as he is made out to be. As Frog discovers, Rat is intelligent and good hearted, and proves in a series of unexpected emergencies that the other animals have been too quick to condemn him.

Frog in Love

Max Velthuijs

In the very first story to feature the loveable amphibian, Frog is feeling most unwell. He keeps getting hot, then cold, and something inside his chest is going 'thump, thump'. Hare says it means he's in love! But who with? And how can he show his devotion - perhaps by performing the biggest jump ever?

Frog is a Hero

Max Velthuijs

When the rains come and the river bursts its banks, Frog, Duck, Pig and Hare are stranded. It is Frog who is a hero when he risks his life to help his friends.

'Frog is an inspired creation - a masterpiece of graphic simplicity.' - Guardian

Frog in Winter

Max Velthuijs

Frog is taken by surprise when winter comes. He doesn't understand why everything is covered with white and he skids and slips on the icy pond. He is too cold to take part in any of the joyous fun that Duck is having skating or that Hare is having throwing snowballs. The animals band together to equip Frog for enjoying winter, and later they share in his rejoicing when spring arrives.

'Frog is an inspired creation - a masterpiece of graphic simplicity.' - Guardian

Frog is Frightened

Max Velthuijs

Frog and his friends, Duck and Pig, don't believe in ghosts, until they all hear frightening noises in the dead of night. They huddle together for comfort in Pig's bed, but in the morning it is Hare who gets a real fright when he finds Frog's house empty and gets no answer at Pig's because the three friends are now fast asleep!

'Frog is an inspired creation - a masterpiece of graphic simplicity.' - Guardian

Frog is Frog

Max Velthuijs

Frog is not content to be just a plain green frog, he wants to do the things his friends can do. He tries to fly like Duck, to bake cakes like Pig and to read like Hare. But all his attempts are doomed to failure, and Frog is disconsolate, until Hare points out that his friends love him just the way he is. And in any case, he can swim and leap better than any of them!

'Frog is an inspired creation - a masterpiece of graphic simplicity.' - Guardian

Biography

Born in The Hague in 1923, Max Velthuijs is now considered to have been one of Holland's most important creators of children's books, alongside Dick Bruna. Max won many awards, including the highly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2004. He died in 2005, aged 81.