An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel

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For years, the frogs of the Amphibilands have lived in safety—protected by an elite group of poisonous frogs named the Kulipari and by the dreamcasting spell of the turtle king that cloaks their lands in mystery. Now the spell is threatened by the Spider Queen, a talented spellcaster, and Lord Marmoo, leader of the scorpions. With the Kulipari off training in secret, the Amphibilands have never been so vulnerable. Enter Darel, a young frog who dreams of joining the Kulipari, despite his utter lack of poison and ...
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For years, the frogs of the Amphibilands have lived in safety—protected by an elite group of poisonous frogs named the Kulipari and by the dreamcasting spell of the turtle king that cloaks their lands in mystery. Now the spell is threatened by the Spider Queen, a talented spellcaster, and Lord Marmoo, leader of the scorpions. With the Kulipari off training in secret, the Amphibilands have never been so vulnerable. Enter Darel, a young frog who dreams of joining the Kulipari, despite his utter lack of poison and limited fighting skills. With the help of a motley crew of friends, Darel has the chance to become the warrior of his dreams.
Illustrated in full color by acclaimed comics artist Sanford Greene, this sleek, fun series combines cool animals, thrilling action, and a bit of natural science.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
This is the first title in a planned animal fantasy series. Darel, a young frog who longs to be a warrior, lives safely in Amphibilands under the protection of the turtle king, King Sergui, and the Kulipari. The Kulipari are a group of military trained poisonous frogs. When the Kulipari go away for training exercises, the turtle king's magical powers are threatened by the magical powers of the spider queen, Queen Jarrah, and by Lord Marmoo and the scorpions. With their homes in danger, Darel jumps into action, even though he has no training or poison to help him. He and his friend Gee set out to save Amphibilands from the scorpions. Along the way they face danger from the lizard and the crocodile and get help from the other frogs. Despite many losses among the frogs, Darel never gives up. The ending hints that the battle is won but the war is far from over. The illustrations sparsely spread through the chapters and large font and spacing will provide support for reluctant readers. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—In this fast-paced tale, Pryce finds just the right balance between brutality and bravery, friendship and betrayal, and loss and discovery. Darel, a common wood frog, has a burning desire to emulate his late father, a mighty Kulipari warrior who died defending their homeland from invading scorpions. A new alliance between the scorpions and spiders threatens the Amphibilands. Darel and his friend Gee find themselves in the heart of the enemy camp: Gee a prisoner and Darel posing as a warrior volunteer. Darel's cunning and bravery make for a page-turner, and readers will be rooting for him as he, Gee, and their friend Coorah help lead the army of frogs to victory and secure the Amphibilands once more. Greene lends his talent with lush color illustrations that capture the tension and tenor of the text. Fans of Suzanne Collins's "Underland Chronicles" series (Scholastic) will be clamoring for this well-written first installation in a series. A must-have, winning adventure that is nearly impossible to put down.—Mary Beth Rassulo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
A young frog dreams of battle in this animal-adventure series opener. Darel wants to be a Kulipari like his father, who died in the Hidingwar protecting the dreamcaster turtle king, Sergu, against the scorpion hordes. He diligently trains to be a warrior despite his wood-frog limitations, drawing his chubby sidekick Gee and healer friend Coorah into imaginary adventures (and parental disapproval). But when the protective Veil around the Amphibilands weakens, spiders and scorpions unite, and Gee is kidnapped, Darel seizes the chance to prove himself, save his people and find the remaining Kulipari. Darel is reckless but easy to root for, particularly when he uses both wits and strength to rescue Gee. His opponents, the spider queen Jarrah and scorpion leaders Pigo and Marmoo are stereotypically villainous, with convenient fatal flaws. While the headstrong hero and action may entice readers, the material was more capably handled by the late Brian Jacques in his Redwall saga. An illustrated character chart clarifies the abundance of players and rapidly shifting points of view, and plentiful illustrations depict the action sequences. This little frog should find fans among readers of the Warriors and Redwall sagas. (Fantasy. 10 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419701726
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 359,570
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


Trevor Pryce is a 14-year veteran of the NFL who played defensive end for the Denver Broncos, the Baltimore Ravens, and the New York Jets. He is also a commentator for Fox Sports. He lives in Maryland.
Joel Naftali is the author of many books, several written with his wife, Lee. He lives in California.
Sanford Greene is an accomplished comics illustrator whose work has been published by DC Comics, Dark Horse, and more. He lives in South Carolina.
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