Book Birthday, Nonfiction, Picture Books

Happy Book Birthday to Ribbit! The Truth About Frogs by Annette Whipple



About the Book:
Title: Ribbit! The Truth About Frogs 
Author: Annette Whipple
Illustrator: Juanbjuan Oliver
Pub. Date: May 15, 2022


I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

Bella and I are thrilled to wish a very Happy Book Birthday to Ribbit, Whipple’s latest book in THE TRUTH ABOUT series! Ribbit teaches there is more to frogs than their leaping legs, bulging eyes and sticky tongue. Here are a few of the questions explored. 

  • What is the difference between frogs and toads?
  • How do some frogs live underground?
  • Why don’t frogs freeze to death?
  • Are frogs important to people?

I love the format of this nonfiction picture book. for it is a great mentor text to teach children about text features.  A question is posed in a large and appealing font.  Each answer is written in kid friendly language so the facts are easy to understand.  Clear, crisp photographs of the frog match the question; a sidebar also appears on every page spread and includes Oliver’s illustrations and the frog’s humorous point of view on the topic. 

Ribbit p 6-7

As an adult, I never knew that toads are frogs and blinking helping frogs swallow their food.  Other cool facts is depending on the type, tadpoles can take from 2 weeks to 3 years to become a froglet. Couch’s spadefoot toads rest for 9 months underground in the summer.  Because the sugar in their blood acts like anti-freeze, spring peepers can survive freezing in the winter and thaw out in the spring.  

In my opinion, the most important question Whipple asks and answers is Are frogs important to people?  They eat lots of insects, are prey for other animals, and support scientific initiatives in cancer research, pain treatment and chemical testing,  The last question, How Can I See Frogs?, provides tips for how to find frogs in your area.  I also appreciate Whipple’s advice on caring for a pet frog.  Kids (and adults) need to know the facts before committing to owning one as a pet.  Other helpful information are directions on how to build a toad house, a glossary, and a list of websites. 

As an elementary reading specialist, I adore THE TRUTH ABOUT series because Whipple’s text is  accessible to kids at all reading levels.  After reading Ribbit, readers of all ages will be even more fascinated with frogs next time they see or hear one in their travels! 

To view the Frog Educator Guide and other resources, click on the image below. 

Ribbit Teacher Guide

If you know a child who enjoy learning cool facts about animals,, check out Whipple’s other books in THE TRUTH ABOUT series.

  • Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls 
  • Woof! The Truth About Dogs
  • Scurry! The Truth About Spiders
  • Meow! The Truth About Cats (Fall 2022)

Praise for RIBBIT!

Ribbit SLJ Review


Meet the Author!

Annette Whipple celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder while exciting readers about science and history. She’s the author of ten fact-filled children’s books including The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press) and The Truth About series (Reycraft Books) including Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls, Scurry! The Truth About Spiders and Woof! The Truth About Dogs

Blog Tour, Giveaway, Picture Books

Blog Tour & Giveaway for I Am Able to Shine by Korey Watari Illustrated by Mike Wu


About the Book:
Title: I Am Able to Shine
Author: Korey Watari
Illustrator: Mike Wu
Pub. Date: May 1, 2022

Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for I Am Able to Shine published by Two Lions/Amazon Publishing. Special thanks to the publisher and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Keiko has one wish-to change the world and shine. She is enthusiastic and passionate about making a difference. While there are times she feels invisible, Keiko does not wallow in her sorrows. She persists to be noticed. From Watari’s uplifting text and Wu’s rich illustrations, readers see that Keiko’s endurance is fueled by her family who love and support her.  She exudes strength eating sushi at lunch, starting an origami club. and teaching traditional Japanese dance with her ballet class. I love this illustration showing Keiko’s confidence being the leader. 


Once Keiko finds a force inside her, she is invincible. This illustration moves me because Keiko sees herself in the future recognizing that she can do anything she sets her mind to. 

With Watari’s affirming text and Wu’s expressive illustrations, Am Able to Shine is a story that teaches kids to embrace their identity. Back matter includes an author’s note sharing the inspiration for the story as well as a glossary of Japanese terms. After reading it aloud to kindergarten students, they had these thoughts about what they learned from Keiko. 

  • Be kind and helpful.
  • Stand up for others and yourself.
  • Share what you like to do with your friends.

About the Author & Illustrator: 

Husband-and-wife team Korey Watari and Mike Wu live in the San Francisco Bay Area in California with their two lively daughters. This is their first picture book together. Korey is a sansei, or third generation Japanese American, born and raised in Los Angeles. She played basketball for a Japanese American League, graduated from the University of California Riverside, and studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Korey has worked in the animation and fashion industries for companies such as Disney and the Gap. This is her first picture book. Learn more at or on Twitter at @tinyteru.Mike is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed, bestselling Ellie series, the first picture book of which was named one of NPR’s best books of the year. He is also a Pixar artist and has worked on films including The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, Toy Story 3, Coco, and Soul. His illustrations have been hailed as “reminiscent of classics like Harry the Dirty Dog and Curious George.” Visit him at or on Instagram at @wudog23.