“…brilliant architecture in very few words – that make great sounds and have great rhythm – with a lovely punchline where everyone wins and you finish the book grinning. You would want to read it over and over again.”

Listen here to Kate de Goldi on Radio NZ National. 

Frog and his friends are chasing grumpy Fly, but all they catch is his miserable mood … until Tiger gets in a tangle and things take a surprising turn.

I wanted to make a book that would be great to read when the kids are in melt-down,  using all the crunchy, grumpy words I could think of.

So here it is. When the day turns to custard, take a moment to sit down and read. I’m counting on the grey cloud lifting while you’re at it. 


“…a delightful read. (…) The alliteration is wonderful (…) and it would be a good example to use in the classroom. Ruth Paul captures the characters very well, both in words and pictures, and the simple and colourful illustrations make the book a treat to share.”

Peer Review August 2015, NZ Book Council.