First Line Friday Featuring: Wildlife According to Og the Frog

Happy Friday and first day of October! If you’re viewing this post in your email or the WordPress Reader, I hope you’ll stop by the blog itself at least briefly to see the seasonal banner I put up. I had a lot of fun making a handful of seasonal banners last year during some of my extra time at home, and I’m glad to get to use them!

Today’s book is one I picked up to read for my children’s literature class. I’m not sure if it will end up working for any of my assignments, but I love this author and it’s an easy read, so I don’t mind. If you like animals, adventures, or stories featuring strong friendship, then this just might be the book for you!

First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Reading is My Superpower. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!     


The First Line:

I can’t believe it’s happening to me again!


About the Book

Wildlife According to Og the FrogTitle: Wildlife According to Og the Frog (According to Og the Frog #3)

Author: Betty G. Birney

Genre: Contemporary Juvenile Fiction; Animal Stories

Synopsis: Og didn’t know where he would end up when school was over, but it turns out Camp Happy Hollow is just about the best place ever. Lovely nature is all around, friends from Room 26 are there–including Humphrey!–and camp days are full of exciting activities.

Og has lots of new responsibilities, like watching out for Humphrey, helping his fellow campers adjust to being away from home, and encouraging everyone to always try their best. But when one camper lets Og loose at the lake, he is in a tough spot. The lake sure does feel like home, but so does his tank. Plus his human friends need him–and so does Humphrey. Good thing Og has experience in the wild because–BING-BANG-BOING!–this is going to be one hopping summer!

Og’s frog’s-eye view of summer camp is silly, caring, and adventurous–the perfect companion to Summer According to Humphrey.


Humphrey the hamster, the character who kicked off the series that Og the Frog is a spin-off from, is one of my absolute favorite children’s book characters. It doesn’t hurt that the model hamster they use on the book covers looks a lot like a hamster that I had growing up, plus he’s fun, smart, and completely naïve. This is the first book I have read from Og’s perspective, so I’m looking forward to learning more about him and his voice – especially with that opening line! What is happening to Og again? Why? How will the friends get out of this mess?

As a reminder or for those who aren’t aware, since I am taking a children’s literature class this semester I am featuring some of the best books for young readers that I come across. This means that several of my posts over the next few months will feature books for a younger audience than what I usually read – but I think just about everyone would get a kick out of these books (or in some cases, learn just as much as a younger reader)! I hope you won’t mind this little deviation as life takes me a different direction for a while.

Are you doing anything fun this weekend?

Until the next chapter,


4 thoughts on “First Line Friday Featuring: Wildlife According to Og the Frog

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  1. My first lines are by Jenny Knipfer and Under the Weeping Willows:
    Enid June 1983
    I rub my hand over my mother’s words. My throat clenches, and I hiccup, forcing back a sob. A tear lands on the lined page of the diary with a splat.
    Happy reading!

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