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by Vivian Vande Velde

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One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess (third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog


One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess (third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene wonders if she will be forever frogified.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
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
Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher

"Imogene's misadventures as an amphibian are entertaining. There's enough light humor throughout to keep readers hooked."
Publishers Weekly


"A fine addition to the canon of fractured fairy tales."

"The action is convincing, carried forward by dialogue and ironic good humor. A satisfying journey for fans of fractured fairy tales."

"Vande Velde writes with the crisp diction of a practiced storyteller who knows her text will likely be read aloud."

"Princess-loving girls will be charmed by this story."
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Princess Imogene, soon to be thirteen, strives to be a good princess; she even has a book to help her, The Art of Being a Princess, third revised edition. As Imogene tries to summarize what she has read in her manual, she comes across an enchanted frog. The frog explains about a spell turning him from a handsome prince into the amphibian. In her efforts to help this "prince," Imogene becomes a frog; she must seek help from a nearby witch. The nearby witch proves to be no help and before Imogene can find more help, she gets caught by Bertie and Luella. Bertie is joining a theater group and promises Luella, his muse, that they intend to marry. Luella and Bertie see Imogene, talking frog, as the new star in the group. The trio travels further from the kingdom and Ned, the theater group's leader, sees this talking frog as a way to attract viewers to his plays. Imogene fears she may never return home. Finally Imogene takes matters into her own hands and she and Luella escape. Luella may have the perfect antidote for Imogene and Imogene realizes that Luella's interest in boys might not be such a bad thing. In this fractured novel, crisp writing moves the story along. One might wonder if more adventures for Imogene await; for now preteen and reluctant female readers particularly can enjoy this adventure. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Kirkus Reviews
…a shrewd survey of, as the subtitle has it, "the buying and selling of a political movement"…Zeisler understands the fraught relationship between feminism and pop culture. It's a relationship of toxic codependency. Activists need the media to help spread the word, even as it pumps out sexist stereotypes; the media, meanwhile, cannot risk losing touch with the zeitgeist…The title of We Were Feminists Once promises the sort of squabble over who precisely is the best feminist that gets the mainstream press excited, but if you come to this book looking for a catfight, you'll be disappointed. Instead, Zeisler serves up a series of subtle and fascinating vignettes, from a dissection of reality makeover shows to the history of the iconic "This Is What a Feminist Looks Like" T-shirt, teasing out the tension between liberal politics and radical activism with all the smart banter you'd expect from an article in Bitch Magazine. This is a fun, funny, deeply learned book that is too clever to come to a simple conclusion.

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Introduction ix

Part 1 The New Embrace

1 The Corridors of Empower 3

2 Heroine Addicts: Feminism and Hollywood 29

3 Do These Underpants Make Me Look Feminist? 59

4 The Golden Age of (Feminist) TV 81

5 Our Beyonces, Ourselves: Celebrity Feminism 111

Part 3 The Same Old Normal

6 Killer Waves 141

7 Empowering Down 169

8 The Rise of Big Woman 193

9 Creeping Beauty 221

Epilogue: The End of Feel-Good Feminism 249

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

Index 269

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many highly acclaimed books for teen and middle-grade readers, including Three Good Deeds, Heir Apparent, Deadly Pink, and the Edgar Award– winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

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book4children More than 1 year ago
What a cute little fairy tale! I loved this sweet little book. It made me laugh more than twice, and I adored the adventure that Imogene and Luella got swept away in. And I loved the solution they come up with to change Imogene's frogged state. Kids in the intended age range (9 and up) will enjoy this story. The one thing that I did find weird were the chapter headings. They were written in what felt like a first person voice, but the book was written in third person.
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fun, new adventure loosely based on a classic fairy tale? FROGGED might be just the book for you. In an E.D.Baker/Disney-esque spin, kissing a frog has a way of rebounding and turning oneself into a frog. Unlike the former two, however, the frog turns back into a human, leaving his savior as a frog in his place. Harry is no prince, either, but a wainwright’s son. He doesn’t care that he’s turned the royal princess into a frog, either. He’s from a poor family overrun with kids. Why shouldn’t he have a little luck, too? Our plucky princess, Imogene, refuses to curse another human into frog form in order to save herself. Instead, she sets off to find the witch who cursed Harry, only to find that it can’t be undone. Imogene will remain a frog unless she can get someone else to kiss her and transfer the enchantment. As she tries to make her way home, she’s captured by a couple of teenagers named Luella and Bertie, who are running away to be actors and want to add a talking frog to their act. Imogene has no way out, especially when the troupe’s owner realizes that Imogene is who she says but doesn’t care, so long as a talking frog brings in the money. Will Imogene ever find a way to return home and become a human frog again? FROGGED is great for middle-grade readers and will appeal to children as they follow Imogene on her journey. There are a couple of small adult elements slipped in, but they’re done in a way that kids won’t notice or wonder about, but adults will pick up on. They can relate to Imogene, who doesn’t want to read about a stuff book about how to be a princess that her mother’s making her study. They’ll feel bad when, only trying to help, she’s forced to give her first kiss away to a frog, who turns out to be a mean boy. They’ll feel as mad as Imogene does when she’s tricked, handfed lies, and held against her will. FROGGED is a fun, light read about a princess forced to masquerade as a frog after being caught up in an unfortunate curse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Fairy Tales are just one of those topics that never goes out of style and can sometimes be hard to take something old and put a new spin on it. I loved this book and how it was written and the story within it. It shows us it is okay to be rich or a princess, but no matter who we are it is important to remember we are all humans, with the same feelings, and we need to remember that because that is the human thing to do. “No! My loyalty to my king and my country means more to me than your filthy gold or your vile threats! You may go ahead and rip my body asunder- I shall not betray my liege lord!” Princess Imogene comes across a frog who tells her he is a prince and with one kiss will become human again. Imogene isn’t a bad girl really and gives the frog a kiss. However, she becomes a frog instead and when she tries to get turned back into a princess she is kidnapped and forced to work at a traveling theater all the while trying to find a way home but no one seems to believe who she is and thinks it’s all just part of the act. You can learn a good lesson from this book and have a nice dreamy read at the same time. The cover is so pretty too and I would recommend this book! *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*     *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and  San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
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