Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde
Age Range: 9 and up
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (April 2, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess
(third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess
Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all
that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a
talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one
might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus
launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene
wonders if she will be forever frogified.
About the Author:
Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951,
currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who
writes books primarily aimed at young adults.
Her novels and
short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy,
but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999)
received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that
she really likes to write for children. She likes to do school talks to
children. She does many book conventions and also gives writing classes.
What a cute little fairy tale! I loved this sweet little book. It made me
laugh more than twice, and I adored the adventure that Imogene and
Luella got swept away in. And I loved the solution they come up with to
change Imogene’s frogged state. Kids in the intended age range (9 and up) will enjoy this story.
The one thing that I did find weird were the chapter headings. They were written in
what felt like a first person voice, but the book was written in third