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Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale

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'Wise and wondrous' - Holly Black

Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father.

Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 2018

A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests for younger readers.
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2nd April '17
ejpot read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
I like fairy tale books and this was a twist on the tradtional fairy tale. I enjoyed reading it, its not like what i normally read but i enjoyed the story it was totally different to the usual princess stories the princess was on a quest to find things to make a lip balm and was funny in some parts.
24th April '17
TommyZoom42 read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
Such a great take on the fairytale (a bit like Shrek). Brilliantly written and a real page turner. My 9 year old love it - a real page turner.
25th April '17
I read it to Lollipop101 aged 9 aged 9
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
Absolutely brilliant !! What a page turner. 
We loved this story !!
30th March '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
Princess Anya must go on a Quest, not a little quest, a big one with a capital Q!
Her stepstepfather is the evil sorcerer, Duke Rikard, intent on ruling the tiny kingdom of Trellonia. Having turned her older sister’s current courting prince into a frog, Anya makes a sister’s promise to find the ingredients to make a lip balm to restore him. Then, the Duke announces his plans to have Princess Anya sent far far away to school, and her Quest becomes a whole lot bigger…

Filled with fairytale folk, transmogrified animals and magic, this is a pacey adventure, with a sense of humour, for anyone who loves their fairytales with a twist. Just watch out for Gerald the Herald!

Great for fans of A Tale Dark and Grimm, The Fairytale Detectives and Land of Stories.
6th April '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
This beautifully told romp of fairy tale is at its core a meditation on the perils of power. Wise and wondrous.
6th April '17
Ellanor read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
Fantastic idea for a story and brilliantly written
Based on a fairy tail, Princess Anya must go on a quest to find a lipbalm to help her sister's boyfriend turn back from a frog.
Very funny and a great read for all.
Highly recommended.
6th April '17
Esa read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
Although the cover is quite off-putting, and the book may seem girlish and childish, it is a remarkable tale. Frogkisser is a brilliant book, with a spin on the typical Prince/ Princess tale. A hilarious story of dogs, witches and wizards, Frogkisser is a beautiful tale and I would definitely recommend it.
15th August '17
Sophia P read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
5 stars
I really liked this book, it was full of fun and joy. I didn't like the part where the girl had to kiss the frog. The characters were good and I think the speeches the people said were really good too. I did enjoy this book it was really fun to read it and if I could I would read it all the time.
3rd April '17
I read it to Rory aged 9 aged 9
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
4 stars
A beautifully bound book. As in any good fairy tale this story involved a Quest, wizards, potions and evil Step(step) parents. The difference is that this book has a humour we have not come across in other fairy stories. It is clever and witty and full of adventure. It has strong, likeable (and somewhat familiar) characters our favourites being Anya (of course) and Bert. The themes of this book were not as dark as some of Garth Nix's other titles but it still had enough of an edge to keep Rory interested. 
17th August '17
Esa Mahmood Asghar read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
4 stars
Although the cover is quite off-putting, and the book may seem girlish and childish, it is a remarkable tale. Frogkisser is a brilliant book, with a spin on the typical Prince/ Princess tale. A hilarious story of dogs, witches and wizards, Frogkisser is a beautiful tale and I would definitely recommend it.
15th April '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
4 stars
I love fairytales and seek out alternative fairytales which both I and my class enjoy. I saw this at my local library and had to give it a go!
It is a great book for those familiar with fairytale tropes but it uses them in a creative, fresh way. I particularly enjoyed the main character and her reluctance to get involved at first. She ventures out into the world and reflects on her position in it, finally appreciating her own privilege, developing resilience and growing throughout on her Quest. I enjoyed how some traditional roles e.g. oldest sibling taking more responsibility, wizards only being men, etc were challenged too.
An enjoyable story with memorable characters and lots of magical quirks.
18th March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
4 stars
A great twisted fairy tale that I'd recommend for Y5-6 readers; it's not particularly "grown up" in terms of issues but it's a dense story with plenty of detail which younger readers may not have the stamina for. Princess Anya doesn't want to be on a quest at all, but she's a sensible, responsible girl who feels her obligations deeply (unlike her feckless, easily-swayed older sister). So she picks herself up to save the kingdom, meeting allies and enemies along the way and accompanied by her faithful Royal Dog. Now, I'm not a dog fan but I really like how this was played out - the Royal Dogs have a mysterious, hidden society all of their own, dedicated to the good of the kingdom. I also like the Gerald The Heralds - it's a neat way of showing how the media can twist events to suit an agenda. There's a possible sequel in here and I'll be interested to see if Garth Nix follows it up.
10th May '17
Giggle read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Frogkisser!: A Magical Romp of a Fairytale 9781848126015
4 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It is about a princess called Anya and her sister who's step-father is villainous. He has turned Anya's sisters prince into a frog! So now Anya must go on a journey to save the prince. I love all of the magic and fun in the book. it is a definite reader. Recommended to ages 7 plus
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Charles Dickens (1812-70) is one of the most recognized celebrities of English literature. His imagination, wit, mastery of the language and huge creative output single him out as one of the few people who genuinely deserve to be called genius. He had a poverty-stricken childhood and was determined to improve himself. By his early twenties he found a job as...

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