Title: The Frog Princess
Author: E.D. Baker
Series: The Tales of the Frog Princess #1
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Easy reading, Fairy tales, Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: Have a bedtime snack.
Princess Emerelda is not exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh sounds like a donkey’s bray rather than tinkling bells, she trips over her feet more often than she gracefully curtsies, and she hates the young Prince Jorge who her mother sees as a potential son-in-law! But if Emma (as she likes to be known) ever thought to escape from her frustrating life, she never expected it to happen by kissing a frog!
One kiss with the frog who calls himself Prince Eadric, and Emma’s whole life turns upside down as the two of them set off on a deliciously original, hilarious and fast-paced fairy-tale adventure.
I loved this book when I first read it at ten years old. And guess what? I still love it now! It is funny, cute, and a slightly different take on the typical fairy tale (who originally wrote it, I wonder) about the princess kissing the frog. The fact that the princess is kind of uncoordinated and definitely not graceful (a lot like myself, really), just makes it so much more entertaining and cute.
The simplicity of the reversal of Emma and Eadric’s unwitting blunder is gloriously easy. But, the journey to find out just what went wrong, and how to get to a witch to fix it… so complexly beautiful. Across the swamp, with a rogue otter, stalking dog and some even weirder companions, the journey isn’t quite what I expected. Even reading this story for the second time around (give me a break it’s been about ten years).
One of the things that I have always loved most about Emma is that although she is not entirely comfortable in her own skin, she is still confident enough to stick up for herself. Ultimately, she doesn’t let anyone push her around, regardless of what shape she takes! Something that I sometimes feel I have down, but then at others realise I need to work on a little more…
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