WILLIE, THE FROG PRINCE by C.S. Adler

WILLIE, THE FROG PRINCE

Age Range: 9 - 11
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Unlike protagonists in such Adler novels as Goodbye, Pink Pig (1985), who escape into fantasy when the going gets tough, Willie Feldman, 11, faces his problems head on--but keeps getting distracted. Only child of a May-December marriage, he's indulged by his mother and constantly criticized by an overbearing father whose protest against company policy has resulted in an extended leave from his job. Willie, class clown, does poorly in school; his beloved dog Booboo misbehaves, raising Dad's ire and threats of a return to the pound. Still, Willie's problems seem minor compared to those of Marla Carter, whose malcontent father has repeatedly moved her and her ailing mother, with resulting financial hardship and social isolation. Their friendship has hardly had a chance to blossom when Marla's dad announces another move, prompting her to run away and giving Willie his chance to be a ``prince'' by finding her and convincing her that this move, close to her mother's family, will be a good one. Willie's innocent wisdom shines through as he speculates to Marla about their parents: ``We have to keep trusting them even when they mess up, because they're the adults and we need them.'' Readers will warm to the endearing pair even as they recoil at (and perhaps recognize from experience) their parents' weakness and ineptitude. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: April 18th, 1994
ISBN: 0-395-65615-X
Page count: 166pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1994




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