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Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop! by Kitty…

Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop!

by Kitty Crowther

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  ThatOneLibrarian | Aug 18, 2018 |
Every evening, as bedtime approached, Jeremy the frog was afraid. Although his father always read him a story, and his mother tucked him in and gave him a kiss, he knew that eventually he would be alone in the dark, alone with the inevitable sounds - Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop! - that seemed to haunt his nights. Fleeing his frightening solitude for the safety of his parents' bed one night, Jeremy is twice returned to his own room by his father. When his third effort finds him taken in by his mother, his father decides to sleep in Jeremy's room himself, only to discover that he too is disturbed by the many sounds. Together father and son set out to investigate what is creating this Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop...

Originally published in French as Scritch Scratch dip capote!, this charming Belgian children's book from Kitty Crowther, winner of the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, takes the classic childhood theme of bedtime terrors, and goes in a slightly different direction. The frightening sounds that Jeremy hears turn out to be real, rather than imagined, and they seem to discompose his father as well. But their source - the creatures who live in the river on whose banks the frogs' house is built - proves to be less fearsome than first supposed. In fact, with knowledge comes appreciation, and Jeremy concludes that he is no longer afraid of the dark. This is the first of Crowther's titles that I have been able to obtain, and I am glad to have read it. A solidly engaging bedtime tale, one featuring appealing illustrations that merge natural and anthropomorphic elements - the frogs live in a house, but it is water-logged, with river-water running along the floors - and a sweet story of a boy, his fears and his family, Scritch Scratch Scraww Plop! is a book I would recommend to those looking for stories about overcoming nighttime fears. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 23, 2016 |
A little frog is deathly afraid of going to sleep at night from a scary noise. He wakes his parents and tells them about the scary noise. After a couple of night, the dad frog caved in to let him sleep in the bed with them. Well the little frog was a wiggle worm so the dad decided to sleep in the little frogs bed. Then SCRITCH SCRATCH SCRAWW PLOP! he hears the scary noise. He takes the little frog to find this scary noise. ( )
  lindy_brooke | Mar 10, 2016 |
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Every evening the sun sets over the pond. And every evening, Jeremy feels afraid. Dad reads him a story and Mom comes to give him his goodnight hugs and kisses, but once they've left, he begins to hear terrible noises under his bed. Scritch scratch scraww plop. . . . What can it be?

Kitty Crowther was born in Brussels and lives in Wallonia, Belgium. She has created over forty books, many of which have been translated into other languages. In 2010, Crowther won the most prestigious award for children's literature: the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
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"Jeremy is afraid of the dark, so when he hears strange, scary sounds, it's impossible for him to fall asleep. Only after he's climbed into the warmth of his parents' bed and his mommy's arms is he able to do so. But now it's Dad who's being kept awake by his wriggly little frog, so he goes down the hall to Jeremy's room. There, he quickly falls asleep but is startled awake by eerie sounds. Dad realizes there is only one way to solve the mystery of the scritch scratch squaww plop, and that is--together!"--Page 2 of dust jacket.… (more)

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