There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake

illus. by Loren Long. 40p. Philomel. Sept. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780399163999.
PreS-Gr 2—In the oft-sung, cumulative classic children's song, Long portrays the main character as an innocent-eyed, but sometimes goofy frog surrounded by his watery habitat. The illustrations are a great strength of this book. The charming artwork adds comedy to the song and creates a demand for repeated readings. Dark green hues dominate the illustrations created in acrylic and colored pencil. The art fills each page and will show well in a storytime presentation with larger groups. Unique to this rendition is the addition of a tiny snail and a small turtle who contribute their own comic relief. They provide side comments about the major action in the story—"There's a log? There's a log!" (as the turtle sarcastically retorts, "It's just a piece of rotten wood."). Music is appended.
VERDICT Refresh musical and storytime collections with this old favorite that has been updated with delightful images.

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