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Vande Velde, Vivian

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
When almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is turned into a frog, she puts into practice lessons from the book, The Art of Being a Princess, as she tries to become her less-than-perfect self again.
Publisher: Boston :, New York :, Harcourt Children's Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2013
ISBN: 9780547942155
Branch Call Number: J FIC V
Characteristics: 198 pages ; 22 cm


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"Imogene may not have liked being a princess, but she definitely doesn't want to be a frog. Transformed after kissing a talking frog to break his curse, and held captive by a troupe of actors who force her to perform in their terrible plays, Princess Imogene must find a way to un-frog herself without passing the curse to another victim. Sassy humour combined with likeable, well-developed characters makes this fractured fairy tale a fun, frothy, and satisfying read. For another spirited heroine trying to break a spell, check out Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine." Kids' Books July 2013 newsletter

Not great. I hated that none of the villains were punished. In fairy tales, the villains have to be punished, or at least redeemed. This had neither and I find that really annoying!
This does not at all resemble the original fairy tale, except in the barest of premises (royalty getting turned into amphibians). All the commoners were portrayed as either stupid or greedy, which was not flattering.
Altogether, I was not very impressed. I usually adore fairy tales and fairy tale rewrites, but I found this one boring and frustrating.


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One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess (third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene wonders if she will be forever frogified.


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