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Superfrog and the Big Stink is a strange little environmental story by classic children’s writer and illustrator Michael Foreman. It is the sequel to Superfrog.

Illustrated with Foreman’s signature soft, hazy style of drawings and a pastel palette, it tells the story of a young frog called Frank, who is dismayed to find that his tranquil river home is being polluted by a trail of rubbish and chemicals coming from the big city.

Frank is up in arms, and knows exactly what to do.

He changes into Superfrog, breathes in and in and in until he is three times his regular size, and then farts his way to the city to confront the corporate fat cats.  As he farts along, he gathers a whole host of city children who are all in awe of his super farting powers, and who help him face down the bad guys.

The bad guys don’t want to give in until Frank threatens to unleash his awesome fart power right in the face of Mr. Big.

Soon, Frank is living in an environmental idyll once more.

If only it were this simple.

This book kind of reminded us of the Walter The Farting Dog series, which we loved.  Walter doesn’t really carry a message though, except maybe farting dogs are more loveable than you might imagine, but it’s not easy owning one.

This has a strong and clear environmental message. As I say, it is a little simplistic, but it would be a good way to get small children thinking about the environment and recycling, although knowing small children as I do, you will have to put up with at least half an hour discussion and emulation of farting frogs first.

Recommended to children between the ages of four and seven.