Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

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.

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