This rather quirky story might be called a fractured fairytale, a playful twist on the story of the frog and the princess, and it is cleverly told. This time the story is told from the frog's point of view, and it doesn't turn out all that well for him. The format is as clever as the tale. Once the frog starts putting together his spells from the torn-up pages of the spell book, the pages of the actual book are cut in half. On one side, the spell has been divided in two so the reader can make it start and end in a variety of ways. The top half of the other side shows the head of the creature the frog becomes, the bottom his bottom. This gives the frog, and the reader, all sorts of possible combinations that are silly and not quite what the frog is hoping for.
The format is fun and unique and meant for someone comfortable with reading and following what is going on. However, it may be rather confusing for some kids, especially for a younger reader trying the book out on his or her own. Also, the twist at the end, written in small print and located on the very last page, might be missed altogether.
As befitting the book, the illustrations are truly eerie, a bit mysterious, and definitely magical. The animals are especially fantastic. Subtle tones are set against black paper, and created by pencil, watercolors, shredded paper and a bit of glitter.