From the Publisher
"If you want your kids to love stories, to love reading, buy them this book! It is magical and funny and vividly illustrated. . . and like all the best children's stories is deep down subversive. The world of children's literature (and children themselves) will very soon be rolling out the red carpet for a frog, a prince, and an enchanting little girl named Ella. And for the genius of their creator, Heather McLeod."
-- Charles Wilkins (reviewer, professor of Creative Writing at Lakehead University and the University of Manitoba)
"The pictures are fairly simple but they compliment the story well. I love how the frog pops up in every picture, even if he isn't directly involved in the story. And the expressions on Ella's face as she imagines what her life would be like as a princess are priceless. So all in all, a great book in my adult opinion."
-- Kate's Bookcase
"A charming tale of friendship and the importance of child's play. "
-- The Calgary Herald
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This clever variation on the classic "Frog Prince" features a modern girl wearing a red ball cap, a striped T-shirt, purple pants, and red sneakers. She is carrying a basketball, ready to shoot hoops, when a little green frog with a crown on his head wants a kiss to become a prince. When he puckers up his big froggy lips, Ella just puts him in her pocket and continues on her way. She would much rather have a talking frog than be a princess (as the frog promises her) who must study all day and wear uncomfortable clothes. They play together until a courtier takes the frog away in a golden coach pulled by white horses. Two weeks later the frog is back, having negotiated less homework and more time to play. A kiss from a friend will help him escape his frog body, so Ella kisses him. Kerrigan saves the transformation for the back endpapers. As a boy and girl go swimming, a crown rests on one towel, a red ball cap on the other. The uncluttered artwork uses a pastel palette and makes good use of white space. Whether read independently or shared at storytime, this breezy tale of a frog who comes to value being a boy as much as being a prince will elicit smiles.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN