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Book Review: The Frog Princess By E. D. Baker

finished reading : 10 June 2012
rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
genre } fiction | fairy tales | fantasy | teens 
release day }  October 2004
acquired } 16th December 2011
publisher } Bloomsbury USA Children 
format } paperback
isbn } 9781582349237
pages } 224 pages
source } bought
age group } 12+
interests } fairy tales retellings  
awards } -
Get Your Copy } Kindle | Amazon.com


The Frog Princess by ED Baker The Frog Princess
By E. D. Baker

Via Goodreads
Princess Emeralda a.ka. Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure--a quest to return to human form.

Fascinating and hilarious characters ranging from a self-conscious but friendly bat to a surprisingly loyal snake and a wise green witch confirm that readers won't soon forget this madcap story. A fantastic debut from the talented E.D. Baker.

My 2 Cents
I must admit, nobody told me about this series.As far as I know, none (maybe a couple or so) book bloggers knew about this series at all. True to my addictive genre, (fairy tales retellings, if you haven’t by now), I take a plunge. I was expecting, the usual snotty princess playing golden ball, ball fall into pond, frog rescue ball, frog wants kiss, frog eats and sleeps with princess, frog turn prince.

Boy, I was wrong. It caught me at the beginning! (well not really. It was slow for me to catch up cause I was in the middle of a busy week when I was reading this one)

First Sentence: Even as a little girl, I had thought that the swamp was a magical place where new lives began and the old ones ended, where enemies and heroes weren’t always what one expected, and where anything could happen, even to a clumsy princess. Although I’d believed this for most of my life, I had no proof until Prince Jorge came to visit and I met the frog of my dreams.

Quote: “I’ve been told that kissing a frog is good for the complexion,” he said, sidling toward me.

This book is funny and enjoyable to read offering a nice spin to the well famous fairy tale. In fact, it adds that particular spice to the story. It does reminded me a bit of that Frog princess movie where the princess turned into a frog after she kissed the frog. Princess Emeralda is a normal girl, unlike her typical snotty character suppose to be. The frog prince is hilarious enough that I actually blurt out laughing in public while reading this book. Ended up with people giving me that look.

This would be an awesome addition for a school library, particularly middle school libraries. Check it out! .

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