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An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel
     

An Army of Frogs: A Kulipari Novel

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by Trevor Pryce, Sanford Greene
 

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  It’s frogs versus scorpions in this new series by professional football player Trevor Pryce. 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

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  It’s frogs versus scorpions in this new series by professional football player Trevor Pryce. 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.
Cool animals, thrilling action, and a bit of natural science—this novel, illustrated in full color by acclaimed comics artist Sanford Greene, is sure to be a major hit with boys.

Praise for An Army of Frogs
"This little frog should find fans among readers of the Warriors and Redwall sagas."
Kirkus Reviews

"Pryce builds tension as the frogs figure out how to deploy their varied skills and reach the ancient turtle king who long ago placed a protective spell over their land. The violent but not overly graphic action is well matched by Greene’s dynamic and plentiful full-color illustrations."
Booklist

"In this fast-paced tale, Pryce finds just the right balance between brutality and bravery, friendship and betrayal, and loss and discovery. A must-have, winning adventure that is nearly impossible to put down."
School Library Journal

"
Greene’s color full-page illustrations have the richly saturated look of Marvel comic books, and there’s a superhero feel to the various fighting poses Darel and his pals take."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This clever fantasy series featuring frogs versus scorpions, set in Australia, makes for pleasant reading."
Library Media Connection

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613124727
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
351,506
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Trevor W. Pryce is a formeráAmerican football defensive end for the New York Jets in the National Football League. Pryce played college football at the University of Michigan before transferring to Clemson University. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round (28th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft, helped them to a Superbowl victory in 1999,áand has played in the NFL for fourteen years. He lives in Maryland.

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An Army of Frogs (A Kulipari Novel #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
An action packed adventure Darel, an underdog frog, dreams of joining a fierce squad of fighters named the Kulipari. The squad hasn't been in action for a long time, because a protective magic has been cast over his village, the Amphibilands. Will the magic hold out when the evil scorpions come to take over? Or will Darel get his wish? In this fiction novel, there are courageous, friendly frogs who are led by the majestic turtle king in a quest to defend their home against the cunning, vile, and wicked scorpions, led by Lord Marmoo. Darel's best friend gets captured by the scorpions and Darel must sneak into their camp to save him. There are numerous battles and an action-packed war at the end. This novel also includes vibrant, attractive, and eye-catching illustrations. This book would appeal to both boys and girls from ages 6 and up. I gave this book 5 stars but would give it a thousand and one, if I could! Lila H., 9, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
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PLCarpenter More than 1 year ago
My nine year old son picked out this book while on a trip. He's been reading it since the night he got it because, as he told me, he "doesn't want to read too fast and miss anything." His brother is eagerly awaiting his turn to read the book and they're both ready for me to buy book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so interested I finishedthe whole series in 1 nite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book on hardback copy but it was one of the best books i have read. I would give it 1000,000,000,000... *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rate this book 100,000,000 *s Sophie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good