Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog

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Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog
Author Tim Beiser
Illustrator Rachel Berman
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Publisher Tundra Books
Publication date
March 2009
Media type Print
Pages 26 (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-88776-864-4
OCLC 222517447

Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog is a book by Canadian children's book author Tim Beiser, illustrated by Canadian painter Rachel Berman. It was published by Tundra Books in March 2009.


Bradley McGogg makes his home in the bog where there are plenty of yummy bugs for a frog to feed on. Upon finding his pantry bare one day, Bradley decides to meet his neighbors, in the hopes that they will share some of their favorite meals with him. But this “bog frog” soon finds that not all animals eat alike.


According to CM Magazine, "The rhythm, rhyme, and vivid descriptions make the story come to life." and it "uses magical images to illuminate the text and to engage readers in the story in wonderful ways! ... The paintings provide readers with a feast for the eyes and the imagination!.",[1] while Canadian Children's Book News wrote "Rhyming stories are notoriously difficult to write, but here the scansion works and the rhyme (both internal and end rhymes) makes the story a delight to read out loud."[2] Quill & Quire stated "Tim Beiser does a bang-up job, using all the tricks of the trade, such as enjambment, sound echoes, and internal rhyme ... The rhyming verse is so fresh and the illustrations so full of personality and emotion that we quickly forget the slight premise and simply enjoy Brad’s neighbourhood kitchen crawl."[3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Governor General's Award, Children's Literature Illustration, 2009 (Nominee)[4]
  • Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award 2010—Children's Picture Book of the Year (Nominee)[5][non-primary source needed]
  • Ontario Library Association's 2010 Forest of Reading, Blue Spruce Award (Nominee) [6]
  • Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 10 Books of the year 2010.[7]
  • Chocolate Lily Book Awards 2010-2011, Picture book (Nominee) [8]


  1. ^ Myra Junyk, CM MAGAZINE, The Manitoba Library Association. Vol XV Number 7 (November 21, 2008)
  2. ^ Brenda Halliday, Canadian Children's Book News (Winter 2009 issue)
  3. ^ Sarah Ellis, Quill & Quire: Canada's magazine of book news and reviews (January 2009 issue)
  4. ^ "Canada Council for the Arts announces the finalists for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Awards". Canada Council for the Arts. October 14, 2009. Archived from the original on July 27, 2010. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "The Blue Spruce Award: 2010 Nominee". Forest of Reading. Ontario Library Association. Archived from the original on 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  7. ^ "Top 10 Great Books for Children 2010". Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2010-2011 Chocolate Lily Shortlist". Archived from the original on October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 

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