Mad props to David Etkin for starting Thirstday!
I do, in fact, drink things other than espresso! Drinking caramel tea from Teacup, brewed in my rad glass teapot and sitting on my tea warmer from Remedy Teas. (Seattle has a bazillion great tea places.)
I’ll admit, I took the above picture and applied the vignette filter before I had read much of Jarrett Krosoczka’sÂ The Frog Who Croaked. I anticipated a pseudo-film-noir book, kind of in the style of Chet Gecko.
Nope! Jarrett’s first chapter book (he wrote all the Lunch Lady books) has more of the tone of a buddy cop film. The urban issues he includes are LEGIT. The book takes place in the fictionalÂ Kalamazoo City, but it definitely reminded me of a different troubled city on the opposite side of Michigan. I would honestly include this book in a reading list for theÂ MSU economics course on public policy.
I’m sure every single post about this book will include the following video, but there’s a good reason. It’s definitely one of my top five TED talks. Yesssss.
Thanks to the Walden Pond Press folks for the ARC and for being so kind to the Nerdy Book Club at ALA Midwinter.