|The Frog Princess|
ABOUT THE BOOK: It's about Princess Emma, a princess who isn't graceful and who laughs strangely. Emma lives near a swamp, and her aunt is a witch. Emma's mother expects her to be a certain way, but Emma just can't help being herself. The Queen chooses an obnoxious prince to marry Emma, instead she kisses a frog who claims to be a prince. She figures she'll either see a prince or a frog, but Emma could never guessed what happened next.
WHAT I LIKED: Aunt Grassina; the storyline; Lil' Stinker, the bat; and the magic. Lil' Stinker was awesome because she's sort of like Grimalkin from the Iron Fey series -- she just is; I like her attitude. She is a bat who lived in the rafters in the house of a young witch who really didn't have any actual magic. She could only do really basic magic, but she thought she had a gift.
MY FAVORITE CHARACTOR: Aunt Grassina. She is magic, and understands Emma. Grassina had a boyfriend, but her mom turned him into an animal the first time Grassina brought him home. Grassina has glass flowers, and she turned her brother-in-law's favorite dog into a duck. Just for a little bit.
MY FAVORITE PART: When Emma frees a snake. I like it because snakes can be very dangerous. They can eat frogs.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Prince Jasper was extremely vain and rude.
THE BOTTOM LINE: You should read this book, and if you like it, you can watch the movie it inspired, "The Princess and the Frog."
MOM'S TAKE: I liked this, it was light and funny and should appeal to girls 8 to 12, if they're reading chapter books. It did remind me of Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest series -- and I've just thought of more books Hannie needs to read!
FIND IT ON THE WEB: E.D. Baker's website.