Frank Davies and the Amazing Frog Catapult by Rohan Clifford
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Poor Frank Davies was always getting himself into sticky situations. If he wasn’t being harassed by Wobber Wiley, the school bully, or being severely lectured by the school principal, then it was either his mum, or his step-father, Omar, who caused him grief. If all those people failed to make his life difficult, then he could always depend upon the mad cat lady, Mrs O’Grady, who had a face like a cat’s bum, to provide him with yet more trouble and strife.
Having lost his father a while back, Grampa was the only person Frank could talk to, but then, one dreadful night, Grampa fell off the garage roof and died. That was the same night that THE FROG appeared.... and yet more stickiness.
When Frank finds Grampa’s strange book, the Grimoire, and reads Grampa’s last entry, he realizes just what it was that Grampa was trying to do on the night he fell off the roof. But why on earth did Grampa try to shoot an enormous frog catapult at a low flying aircraft?
When mad Mrs O’Grady’s cats begin disappearing, Frank knows THE FROG is responsible, and when he reads more of the Grimoire, he understands that he must somehow get THE FROG to Jabiru to stop the enormous poisonous supertoad invasion.
After escaping yet another sticky situation with Wobber Wiley, Frank and THE FROG stow away on board a plane that is due to fly to Jabiru. When Frank eventually meets the Wildlife Rangers, Don and Simmo, he tries to explain that the supertoads are the reason for the decimation of the bush and all the wildlife, but then a huge supertoad suddenly arrives and drags Ranger Don into the bush where he meets a poisonous and very sticky end.
Do Frank and THE FROG survive the supertoads and live happily ever after? Rohan Clifford has deliberately left the ending of this highly original and terrifyingly funny story to the reader’s imagination and interpretation.
A book to entertain both boys and girls with realistically ridiculous situations splattered throughout the spiraling adventure. One of the weirdest and entertaining children’s books I’ve read for a while.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Rohan Clifford
Title: Frank Davies and the Amazing Frog Catapult
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: April 2014