KING ORVILLE AND THE BULLFROGS by Kathleen Abell

KING ORVILLE AND THE BULLFROGS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Long ago and far away, in a castle on a mountain peak, there lived a king, a queen, three princesses, some lords and ladies, and ladies-in-waiting, jousters and jesters, jailers and tailors, pages and sages and maids."" If Kathleen Abell's opening sentence isn't disarming enough, Errol Le Cain's sparkling wonderland kingdom flaunts the same lightly ironic, almost mock fanciful tone. The three bullfrogs are really neighboring princes, transformed after they outplay the king (""a poor loser"") in a bagpipe contest at a banquet that begins as a celebration of their betrothal to the princesses. The bullfrogs' cacophonous croaking at last causes the king to relent, and if by then the whole silly business has begun to wind down (and the universally silly cast to wear), the frisky elegance of words and pictures never falters.

Pub Date: March 22nd, 1974
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Little, Brown