Princess Zelda and the Frog

Overview

Once upon a time there was a princess named Zelda. One day, when she is out in her finest dress playing with her favorite golden ball, she tosses her ball up in the air, and it lands—SPLAT!—in the mud. Princesses don’t go in the mud. How will she ever get back her favorite ball? Along comes an ugly, disgusting frog who will help her, but in return, Zelda must promise to be his best friend forever!

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Overview

Once upon a time there was a princess named Zelda. One day, when she is out in her finest dress playing with her favorite golden ball, she tosses her ball up in the air, and it lands—SPLAT!—in the mud. Princesses don’t go in the mud. How will she ever get back her favorite ball? Along comes an ugly, disgusting frog who will help her, but in return, Zelda must promise to be his best friend forever!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
English bulldog Zelda—star of the Zelda Wisdom line of greeting cards, books, and other products—takes center stage in this snazzy reboot of the Princess and the Frog fairy tale. Zelda and her bulldog pals appear in full costume—silk gown and tiara, fleece frog costume, purple bikini (!)—as the drama plays out in scenes photographed by Young. The sunny digital backgrounds give the story the feel of an amateur theater production (puffy clouds hang from string in the sky); Gardner's energetic, contemporary tone cements this as a playful, modern interpretation. "No thanks, Sweet Cakes," the frog tells Princess Zelda, turning down her offer of a crown, diamond choker, and massage gift card for helping her retrieve her beloved golden ball. Gardner doesn't include a kiss as part of the bargain; rather, Princess Zelda must promise to be the frog's BFF. Much less haunting than William Wegman's Fay's Fairy Tales (which featured photos of his Weimaraners), this title ought to draw a legion of dog lovers and Zelda fans, in addition to kids looking for a silly read. Ages 4–8. (June)
From the Publisher
“The repartee is sassy and hip…” —Booklist Online

"This is the tale Carol Gardner creates, a page-turner for kids indeed, but for kids of all ages as well. Frogs and princesses are a tale as old as time, but peppered with the flavorful wit of Gardner, Zelda’s beauty of a beast becomes a modern-day treasure." —FIDOFriendly.com

“Gardner’s energetic, contemporary tone cements this as a playful, modern interpretation . . . This title ought to draw a legion of dog lovers and Zelda fans, in addition to kids looking for a silly read.” —Publishers Weekly

“This clever retelling of the Grimms’ fairy tale about loyalty, honor, and friendship will delight young readers.” —School Library Journal

“Dog meets frog in this amusing retelling of ‘The Frog Prince,’ which uses photographs of costumed English bulldogs against computer-generated backgrounds to illustrate the fairy tale.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Gardner's English bulldog, Zelda, has been cast as a royal princess who lives with her parents, King Sour-Mug and Queen Lucille. They give her "everything a princess could dream of," but, sadly, the one thing they cannot provide is "a good night's sleep." Zelda tries to tire herself out by chasing her favorite golden ball. When it lands in the mud, a frog offers to retrieve it for her if she promises to be his best friend forever. He also requires that she let him eat from her golden bowl, drink from her golden goblet, and sleep on her golden bed with his head on her golden pillow. Reluctantly, Zelda promises to meet the ugly frog's demands, but runs away as soon as she has her ball back. During dinnertime, the frog comes to the door, chanting, "Oh, BFF, please let me in!/So I might see your lovely grin!" and the queen makes a distressed Zelda keep her promise. That night, as Zelda and the frog share her golden pillow, he snores loudly, and the soothing rumble lulls her to sleep. When the princess awakens feeling refreshed, she finds that the frog has transformed into a handsome prince. Comical color photographs feature sumptuously attired pups. Each scene is set against a simple, paper-collagelike backdrop of the countryside or the castle interior. This clever retelling of the Grimms' fairy tale about loyalty, honor, and friendship will delight young readers.—Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA
Kirkus Reviews

Dog meets frog in this amusing retelling of "The Frog Prince," which uses photographs of costumed English bulldogs against computer-generated backgrounds to illustrate the fairy tale.

In this version, Princess Zelda is the pampered princess pooch, dressed in brocade ball gowns and jewels as she plays with her favorite golden ball. When her ball lands in a mud puddle, a helpful frog (actually another bulldog in a frog costume) appears with a promise to rescue the ball if Princess Zelda takes the frog into her life as her BFF (best friend forever). The plot follows that of the familiar story, with the frog sharing the food and pillow of the disgusted princess. After a peaceful night's sleep next to each other on a golden pillow, the frog reverts to a dog and Zelda changes her mind, declaring that she and the handsome canine prince were meant to be together always. The story is told with a contemporary flavor, using abbreviations and expressions that don't quite match up with the lavish, Renaissance-style costumes. The depictions of the frog prince are a drawback, because the dog in a frog costume doesn't clearly show that the dog has been changed into a frog by a magic spell.

Without a warts-and-all depiction of the odious frog and his subsequent transformation into a handsome prince, the fairy tale loses its bite. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312603250
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 525,580
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Gardner

When CAROL GARDNER divorced her husband, she was told to “get a therapist, or get a dog.” Carol chose the latter. Since winning a Christmas card contest featuring Zelda dressed up as Santa Claus, Carol and Zelda have gone on to create a series of gift books and novelty items called Zelda Wisdom which includes everything from cookies to costumes, key chains, magnets, and more.

ZELDA is an English bulldog and a celebrity. She is also the official “spokesdog” of Delta Society Pet Partners, a program dedicated to the human-animal healing bond, and is a certifi ed therapy dog who works with children with learning disabilities. Her appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and the Martha Stewart Show have made Zelda a household name.

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"Oh, BFF, please let me in!

So I might see your lovely grin!

Remember the promise you made to me.

Please let me in—we're meant to be!"

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