The Resource Frogged, Vivian Vande Velde

Frogged, Vivian Vande Velde

Label
Frogged
Title
Frogged
Statement of responsibility
Vivian Vande Velde
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is turned into a frog, she puts into practice lessons from the book, The Art of Being a Princess, as she tries to become her less-than-perfect self again
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 A sympathetic kiss turns kind-hearted Princess Imogene into a frog, who gets carried off by a band of traveling players, in this light, cheerful adventure. Relaxing by the mill pond and feeling neither as good nor as beautiful as she thinks a princess about to turn 13 should, Imogene encounters a talking frog who claims that her kiss will turn him back into a prince. But Harry, the wainwright’s boy, turns out to be only one of the pretenders she will encounter in an effort to regain her true form, a journey that takes her far from home with her rescuer, the boy-crazy Luella. Still, all ends well with the wanderers returned and the promise of more appropriate partners in the happy-ever-after. Readers will sympathize with the likable Imogene’s predicament as she tries to convince strangers that she really is the person she didn’t like being. The action is convincing, carried forward by dialogue and ironic good humor. A satisfying journey for fans of fractured fairy tales. -- Isaacs, Kathleen (Reviewed 04-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 16, p60)
  • Gr 5 – 8 — Imogene Eustacia Wellington, 12, is sure that she is failing miserably at being a princess. The book her mother has given her, The Art of Being a Princess , tells her to be everything she thinks she is not. (The novel's chapter titles are princess rules, qualified by Imogene, a clever touch.) Taking a break from reading, she wanders down to the mill pond where she is conned into kissing a talking frog to break a witch's curse. Disgusted and shocked to find herself in the body of a frog and the so-called prince turned back into a common wainwright's boy, she is determined to break her spell without passing it on to another unsuspecting victim. Along the way, she is kidnapped by a traveling theater troupe and forced to perform with them. Humorous antics and lots of adventures eventually lead Imogene back to the castle and home. This fractured tale ends happily. Imogene learns that she does have what it takes to be a real princess and saves herself without needing a handsome prince to come to her rescue. Princess-loving girls will be charmed by this story.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH --D. Maria LaRocco (Reviewed June 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 6, p145)
  • Vande Velde previously reworked classic fairy tales in The Rumpelstiltskin Problem and Tales from the Brothers Grimm and the Sisters Weird, and she now turns to the “The Frog Prince.” Princess Imogene, who is 12 and “gawky,” is tired of falling short in her family’s eyes. The real trouble begins when a (rather pushy) frog, who tells Imogene he’s a prince beset by a witch’s spell, tricks her into kissing him. He returns to his human form, but she is transformed into a frog as a result; worse, he was just the lowly son of a wagon maker. Too kind to use that sort of deceit on someone else, Imogene searches for another solution, tracking down the none-too-sympathetic witch who cast the original spell, getting captured by a boy-crazy runaway named Luella and her know-it-all actor boyfriend (who use Imogene as a gimmick to attract an audience for their theater troupe’s lousy plays), and trying to find a way home. Vande Velde’s story recalls E.D. Baker’s The Frog Princess, and while the cast is fairly one-dimensional, Imogene’s misadventures as an amphibian are entertaining. There’s enough light humor throughout to keep readers hooked. Ages 9–12. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 11, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 06, p)
  • Princess Imogene wonders whether she is as good as she should be when she reads that a princess ought to be as good as she is beautiful in The Art of Being a Princess, a gift--a hint?--from her mother. She is, and more. For moments later, when a rude frog claiming to be a prince asks her to kiss him, Imogene ignores her revulsion, puckers her lips and…turns into a frog!--a consequence he neglected to mention. Imogene will not consider putting someone else at risk, except maybe the unscrupulous actor who refuses to take Imogene home, instead making her the talking-frog star of his traveling show. Imogene is afraid she will never be unfrogged. Uneducated, boy-crazy Luella, a member of the troupe, may be Imogene's only hope. Readers will be quickly immersed in the story. Chuckle-worthy chapter headings torn from the aforementioned etiquette book paired with snarky commentary keep children apprised of Imogene's status. Concise, sassy prose feels comfortably modern yet stays true to an earlier time. Characters emerge through conversations and actions, especially Luella, who, in contrast to Imogene, allows for observations about class, education and the role of women. Interestingly, it is Luella and Imogene's mother who effect the rescue. A fine addition to the canon of fractured fairy tales. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10173143
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vande Velde, Vivian
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ8.V2374
LC item number
Fro 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fairy tales
  • Princesses
  • Frogs
  • Self-perception
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Frogged, Vivian Vande Velde
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Publication
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Content category
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Control code
ocn828265004
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780547942155
Lccn
2013003905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)828265004
Label
Frogged, Vivian Vande Velde
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn828265004
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780547942155
Lccn
2013003905
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)828265004

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