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The Longest Tongue Ever
Aiden Woosol Lee
Lumiere Picturebook (2022)
Reviewed by Lydia (age 9) and Mom for Reader Views (01/2024)
“The Longest Tongue Ever” by Aiden Woosol Lee is the story of a bullfrog who is out minding his own business when a snake comes around, and the bullfrog eats it. Soon after, a venomous snake and a poison dart frog find him and say they will eat him! The bullfrog goes back to his tribe, and they try to get away from the snake and frog. On their way, they meet other animals and ask for help; each tells them to try something that works for themselves, but it doesn’t work for the frogs. They meet a capibara, a turtle, and finally, a wise sloth. The bullfrogs learn not to be like the other animals but instead do what works for them and not worry about anything else.
“The Longest Tongue Ever” was an easy story to read and understand; there were times when this story reminded me of others, such as “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle and other stories where the character(s) aren’t happy being themselves. I didn’t care for the illustrations because there wasn’t much color, and the color on each page wasn’t much compared to what I usually see; I didn’t understand why the colors were put on the characters in the way they were – however, it could maybe be said that it’s creative. Some of the illustrations are interesting and different – again, not like what I normally see in books. Kids of all ages can understand the point of the story.
Note from Mom: I agree with everything mentioned above. The story is appropriate for readers of all ages due to the language and subject matter not being too advanced. The moral of the story is appropriate and beneficial for readers of all ages to be reminded of and take to heart- what may work for one person might not for you, you’re unique. The illustrations are, let’s say, “modern” based on their unconventional use of colors and the way characters are portrayed through the drawings – there is nothing wrong with them, they are just not “traditional.”
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