Cover image for Froodle / Antoinette Portis.
Froodle / Antoinette Portis.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm.
General Note:
"A Neal Porter book."
One day, amidst the usual chirps, tweets, and caws, a little brown bird decides to try singing a new song and sets off an interesting reaction.


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In a normal neighborhood, on a typical day, the birds chirp, the dogs bark and the cats meow. When Little Brown Bird decides she doesn't want to sing the same old song, out comes a new tune that shakes up the neighborhood and changes things forever in this funny, innovative book that kids will love to read outloud.

A Neal Porter Book

Author Notes

Antoinette Portis is the author of many inventive books, including Not a Box , a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and a Geisel Honor Book. She is the recipient of a Sendak Fellowship. Froodle is her first book for Roaring Brook Press. Ms. Portis lives in southern California.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Portis, whose Not a Box proposed alternative uses for a cardboard cube and whose A Penguin Story imagined how Antarctic birds regard non-wintry colors, delights in "What if?" questions. This tale begins with Crow, Dove, Cardinal, and Little Brown Bird sitting on a power line and expressing themselves with their usual "caw," "coo," "chip," and "peep." However, "Little Brown Bird didn't want to sing the same old song," and she experimentally chirps, "Froodle sproodle!" The large Crow sternly looks her in the eye ("Little brown birds say peep!"), and Dove nervously offers a literal olive branch ("Dove liked to keep the peace"). Goofiness prevails, however, when Cardinal exclaims, "Ickle zickle! Pickle trickle!" Crow flies away, displeased and determined to resist the antics. "Lost caws," sighs Cardinal, until Crow returns in a better mood. Portis pictures the birds in a plain suburban backyard, and the birds' cheerful, unorthodox sounds, pictured in voice balloons and hand-lettering, contrast with the strict horizontal and vertical lines. Be prepared for cries of "Oobly snoobly!" and "Cloggen Zoggen Itsyboggen!" after the book is finished. Ages 4-8. Agency: East West Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

In this amusing picture book about singing your own song and embracing silliness, Little Brown Bird, tired of the "same old song," tries a new one: "Froodle sproodle!" The other neighborhood birds soon follow suit. Digitally colored pencil, charcoal, and ink illustrations in brilliant palettes make each bird stand out as an individual, though busy backgrounds overwhelm the type in places. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.