EMILY AND THE ENCHANTED FROG by Helen V. Griffith

EMILY AND THE ENCHANTED FROG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the author of Georgia Music (1986), three picture stories featuring cheerfully self-possessed little Emily in tradition-challenging encounters with magical creatures. When the frog that Emily kisses becomes a prince, he is so thoroughly distressed that she has to find a way to undo the damage--which turns out to involve kissing a lot more frogs in order to create a frog princess who can break the spell. When an elf offers her a wish and she chooses to become invisible, her ensuing difficulties are perfectly, and comically, logical. And when a creature on the beach maintains that it is a mermaid despite its hermit-crab-like appearance. Emily's insistence on the correctness of what her eyes tell her is neatly defeated by a second ""mermaid."" The charm and wit here are engagingly original, though the frog story does echo Horwitz's funnier The Strange Story of the Frog Who Became a Prince (o.p., 1971). Lamb's pen-and-watercolor vignettes, on every page, satisfactorily extend the humor. Good fun for kids who enjoy wordplay and/or questioning the tried and true.

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Greenwillow