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By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bold princess gets a silly nickname in fun questing tale.

Book Garth Nix Fantasy 2017
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Fun story for every age!

It is refreshing to find a YA book that everyone can read. This book had me smiling and giggling all the way through. The story line is adorable and, at times, predictable. HOWEVER, every twist and turn has something unpredictable about it. It is simply a fun story that most people will enjoy. **This book would be completely fine for ages 10 and up, also younger, however it would take a VERY strong 10 year old reader to keep up with the storyline and vocabulary. I would suggest your child keep a list of words they don’t know and look them up, this book has some great ones! Overall a fantastic, lighthearted read.

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Is It Any Good?

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When an independent princess goes questing in a mash-up of fairy tales and Arthurian legend, you can expect hijinks, but deeper messages of empowerment and community here are a nice bonus. With a title like Frogkisser!, you know the book isn't taking itself too seriously. Princess Anya does have serious intentions of defeating her evil stepstepfather (as she calls him) and learns a lot on her quest about the wider world and what people really need in a ruler and their government. The characters around Anya add a circus atmosphere. Her entourage includes a thief transformed into a giant newt, an otter partly transformed into a human, a frog prince, and a talking, well-educated palace dog.

Garth Nix, who's best known for the much darker Old Kingdom series, has loads of fun introducing oddball characters and world-building here. Sometimes all the clever details slow down the story, but it still wraps up with a fun flourish -- and, no big spoiler, lots of frog kissing.

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