Sunday, March 22, 2015

Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde

Cover image for FroggedFourteen days before princess Imogene's thirteenth birthday her mother gives her a book about how to be a good princess. She is not thrilled and goes out by a pond to avoid reading it. There she meets a talking frog and agrees to kiss him to turn him back into a prince. Instead she turns into a frog in his place. The rest of the book she is trying to get back home so someone can turn her back into a girl. In the process she gets involved in a traveling show, makes new friends and enemies, and decides being a princess isn't so bad after all. Vande Velde has written several of these mixed up fairy tales. The writing is solid, and the story is cute. There are some genuinely funny moments. This could work for a younger child who is an advanced reader or for anyone who likes the fractured fairytale genre. (198 p)

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