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Children's Fiction Multigenerational

No Frogs for Dinner

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky

illustrated by Linda Hendry

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jun 2012
Multigenerational, Beginner, New Experience
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2012
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 1999
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 1999
    List Price

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Melvin's trip to the big city is not turning out as he hoped. Instead of hot-dogs, baseball and tall buildings, his Aunt Rose drags him to the opera, museums and fancy restaurants.

Melvin must find a way to curb his aunt's enthusiasm long enough to have some REAL fun

About the authors


Frieda Wishinsky
est l'auteure de plus de 40 livres pour enfants. Parmi les ouvrages déjà
parus, on peut citer, entre autres,

Ounga Bounga, Tu es méchante Lily-Ange!, Le sac à main de la reine,
Canada en vedette

et les romans de la série Catastrophe! Elle vit à Toronto, en


FRIEDA WISHINSKY has written over seventy books for children, including Oonga Boonga; You're Mean, Lily Jean; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award winner Please, Louise!; the middle-grade series Survival, and the non-fiction books Explorers Who Made It . . . or died trying; Everything but the Kitchen Sink and Colossal Canada. Frieda lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband. Visit her online at

Frieda Wishinsky's profile page

Linda Hendry has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest works can still be found on the underside of her parent’s kitchen table – the same table that she and her sister sat at for hours and hours, filling up endless stacks of doodle pads with drawings of make-believe families and their adventures. After high school (of course she doodled in her notebooks!) Linda studied visual communication at The Alberta College of Art and Design, then moved to Toronto where she was offered the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book called ‘The Queen Who Stole The Sky’. The book was a finalist for the 1986 Canada Council Illustration award, which certainly helped to get her career rolling. Over 60 books later, Linda still loves to draw but has taken time off from illustrating to explore painting with acrylics and oils or try her hand at simple print-making techniques.

Linda Hendry's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"In few words, Wishinsky manages to convey that helpless feeling of entrapment at the hands of a well-meaning relative. Hendry's presentation of Melvin's disgruntlement and Aunt Rose's enthusiasm offers an amusing counterpoint. . .
This attractive early reader is convincing, humorous and works equally well as a picture book."
The Toronto Star

"The fewer words one has to work with the more difficult it is to write a good story with an interesting plot, recognizable and sympathetic characters, and a strong sense of place. Frieda Wishinsky has accomplished all this with No Frogs For Dinner, a chapter book for children in Grades 1 through 3 who are just beginning to read independently. This entertaining and fun story, well told without a whiff of condescension, will entice children to turn the pages. Readers will identify with long-suffering Melvin and recognize his dilemma when dealing with his Aunt Rose. Playful illustrations by Linda Hendry add a splash of color and reflect the humor in Wishinsky's text. Early readers don't get much better than this. Highly recommended."
Canadian Book Review Annual

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