Project Description


Gilbert de la Frogponde

by Jennifer Rae
illustrated by Rose Cowles

Can Gilbert de la Frogponde talk his way out of becoming a fancy dinner?

In the swamp lives a fat and sassy frog named Gilbert de la Frogponde. Gilbert spends his days catching flies and lazily dozing on the dock until one day, two gourmet chefs arrive at the pond in search of dinner. Too fat to outrun them, Gilbert must outsmart them by convincing them that bugs, not frogs, are all the rage in the most stylish restaurants. Only Gilbert de la Frogponde could possibly talk himself out of such a jam!

Children will fall in love with Jennifer Rae’s adorable, roly-poly, green character, while adults will delight in Gilbert’s self-reliance and quick wit. Gilbert’s antics are captured by Rose Cowles’s quirky, inventive illustrations that will enchant audiences of all ages.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-163-0
Publication Date: 9/1/1997
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/2 ̎ x 10-1/4 ̎
Age Range: 6 – 10
Language: English
AR Level: 4.1
F&P: M, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD830L
Themes: Cooking, Frogs, Persuasion


“Gilbert de la Frogponde is witty, creative, and downright hilarious. Even adults are bound to grin as the bamboozled chefs slurp down their last slugs and beg Gilbert for more recipes. The combination of a great story, rhyming text, and clever illustrations will make this culinary extravaganza a fast favorite among the kindergarten set.” ―Boston Herald

“The frolicking rhymes combined with the whimsical illustrations promise to make children and adults instant fans the lovable and witty Gilbert…A definite recommended read-a-loud picture book that will make bedtime an all-out laugh fest.” ―Boys to Books

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Meet the Author

Jennifer Rae is the author of Gilbert de la Frogponde. She lives in Canada.

Meet the Illustrator

Rose Cowles is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer and the illustrator of several children’s books, including Gilbert de la Frogponde. She lives in Canada.