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After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince and they lived happily ever after... or "did they?" The Princess can't stand the Prince's froggy habits - the way he hops around on the furniture, or sneaks off to the lily pond. The Prince is unhappy, too, and decides that it would be best if he were changed back to a frog. But finding a witch who will do the job is harder than he expects. They all seem to have other spells in mind...
The co-author (with A. Wolf) of The Tree Story of the Three Little Pigs (1989) assays another humorous embroidery of a traditional tale with somewhat less notable success. The picture of the erstwhile frog and his princess bickering ("Stop sticking your tongue out like that"; "How come you never want to go down to the pond anymore?") is genuinely funny, and the prince's quest for a witch to turn him back into a frog - during which he runs into witches from several other tales - is amusing. But the conclusion - glad to get back to his princess, he kisses her and they both become happy frogs - seems limp and unmotivated. Meanwhile, Johnson's paintings, though he adopts some of Lane Smith's fey menace and induces tension by canting his perspectives, lack Smith's wit, imagination, and masterful sense of design. Still, the situation and dialogue are irreverently comical and Johnson's caricatures are adroitly satirical. It's an entertaining effort - just not up to that superlative first book. (Kirkus Reviews)
ISBN: 9780140542851 ISBN-10: 014054285X Audience:
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old For Grades: 1 - 2 Format:
Number Of Pages: 32 Published: 1st September 1994 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 26.3 x 21.3
Weight (kg): 0.13