Hula Holiday: Froggy Goes to Hawaii by Jonathan London
"FROGGGGY!" YELLED HIS FATHER.
"UP AND AT 'EM! TODAY IS THE DAY WE'RE GOING ON VACATION."
"YIPPEE!" CRIED FROGGY, AND HE SANG, "WE'RE GOING ON VACATION.
"WE'RE GOING TO HAWAII!"
The effervescent Froggy and his family are off for a fun-filled week in Hawaii, and they waste no time getting on the tourist trail when they arrive. Dad has a well-worn word of wisdom for Froggy as they land:
"DON'T ACT LIKE A NINCOMPOOP!"
BUT WHEN THEY GOT TO HAWAII, FROGGY WENT BANANAS!
For a hyper-kinetic character like Froggy, it's a suitably whirlwind tour of near disasters at all the scenic sites--a bamboo forest, the rim of a volcano and a real lava field, a waterfall, a hula lesson complete with grass skirts all around, a boat trip to see giant sea turtles, and at last a wiki wiki trip to Waikiki, where Froggy winds up getting more than his feet wet:
THE NEXT DAY HE SURFED, RIDING HIS DAD'S SHOULDERS WITH HIS HANDS OVER DAD'S EYES.
As usual, it's a frenetic fun-filled event when Froggy hits Hawaii, concluding on the last day with a rescue at sea for the stranded Froggy and his long-suffering dad. The ebullient Froggy is fresh as a daisy, but his too-pooped-to-pop papa groans...
"WHEN WE GET BACK HOME, I NEED A VACATION!"
Froggy fans will love the slapstick silliness of Froggy's twentieth adventure, Jonathan London's Froggy Goes to Hawaii (Viking, 2011), ably illustrated as always by Frank Remkicwicz. Pair this one with that other summertime treat, Froggy Goes to Camp, for school's-out storytime fun in the sun.