I’ve never been a big fan of pink. I begged to wear jeans instead of dresses and I never wanted to be a princess.
So you’d think with the pink cover, the tiara and “princess” in the title, it would be enough to scare me away. But the truth is, I love THE FROG PRINCESS by E.D. Baker.
Now, if you’ve seen the Disney movie that was supposedly based on this book, then I strongly urge you to read the book. About the only similarities you’ll find are that the princess kisses a frog who claims to be a prince and turns into a frog herself. The movie is kind of fun in it’s own way, but the book, well, does it surprise you that I like the book better?!
The best thing about Princess Emma is that she’s not your typical princess. She doesn’t like the prince her parents have picked out for her, she’s clumsy, she prefers to be outside rather than in a stuffy castle and her mother has pretty much decided that she’s hopeless. Sometimes, she doesn’t even want to be a princess. I can relate to this girl! But the best thing about Emma is her sense of humor. This book made us laugh out loud when I read it with my daughter. And he’ll never admit it, but my son enjoyed hearing it, too :O)
Once she kisses the frog and the spell doesn’t work, Emma and Eadrick are off on an adventure to find the witch who cursed him. They’re hoping to reverse their froggy fates and get back to their families, but along the way there’s plenty of adventure and fun.
Like many middle grade books, this is the first in a series. The eighth and final book came out this past fall. The four I’ve read in the series have all been funny, lighthearted and great to read with any age. Unlike some series’ that tend to get darker as they go along, the characters in Tales of the Frog Princess maintain their playful spirits and the stories are nothing but fun. Even for someone who doesn’t care for princesses.