The Fried Frog

It’s been 5 years since Sampurna’s The Fried Frog and other Funny Freaky Foodie Feisty Poems from Scholastic was launched in Mumbai on August 1, 2009. Several reprints, and umpteen school visits have kept it alive and kicking. Here are some photos of readings in 2014, followed by photos of the Mumbai launch way back when!

Sampurna shares her poetry and experience of being a  writer with students of the Junior Section of the Cathedral & John Connon School, during assembly, July 4th, 2014.

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Sampurna inaugurates the Greedy Readers Club at VIBGYOR High, Mumbai on July 5th, 2014.

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Photos of the launch of The Fried Frog on August 1, 2009.

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch


The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

The Fried Frog Mumbai launch

Some reviews…

“In her latest offering, The Fried Frog and Other Funny Freaky Foodie Feisty Poems, Sampurna Chattarji has outdone herself. With 60 esoteric and engaging poems spread over six sections, brace yourself for a roller-coaster ride …. a delicious treat for any aspiring poet or poetry lover.”

–   Riddhi Kamal Parekh, DNA, Sunday, August 1, 2009

“Sampurna Chattarji has an imagination that is compelling and will thrill all children and any adult who has even a little bit of a child in him.”

–  Aroma Sah, The Statesman, August 20, 2009

 “The poems, which include samosa feuds, idlis, unusual kids and scrawny city-kittens, are quirky, humorous and delightfully irreverent. Chattarji is in her element…”

–  Bijal Vachharajani, TimeOut Mumbai, August 7-20, 2009

“Though the title says it all, you may be tempted to throw in a few more expressions such as brilliantly whacky. And there you have Sampurna Chattarji’s book—one of the few on Indian poetry for children—in a nutshell.

–   M Venkatesh, Mint, Thursday, August 27, 2009

…and a couple of features…



 A new review some years after the book came out:




  1. I picked up this book from Scholastic books and just loved it:-)

    My daughter ( 7 years) plans to recite one of the poems for her school recitation.


    • Glad to hear that!

  2. i am dhruv narang from met rishikul vidyalaya you had visited us on 17-09-20. i read your book ‘the three brothers and the flower of gold’ i also read your book ‘the fried frog and other funny fiesty’ it is a very intresting book.
    dhruv narang

    • Dhruv, thank you for your comment, am so glad you enjoyed my books. Keep reading! Warmly, Sampurna.

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