A charming and magical story! Princess Emma's magical powers are just beginning to emerge. Yet, she has not quite learned to control them. The first problem being that every time she sneezes, she and her friend, Eadric, turn into frogs! This happens at the most inconvenient times, including when they are riding on a magic carpet, and are dropped off as frogs into the swamp where they meet a winged water creature who carries them to safety. However, Princess Emma's real problem is she must get her aunt to start protecting the kingdom. Readers will enjoy Princess Emma and her adventures. Although the book is a sequel novel, readers will be able to follow the story without having read the first book. However, readers will be so captivated with Emma and her magic that they will want to read the first book in the series! 2003, Bloomsbury, Ages 8 to 12.
Talk about your fractious fairy talePrincess Emeralda, Emma to her friends and family, is a witch-in-training, to the delight of her witch-aunt, Grassina, and to the dismay of her un-witch mother. Emma has not quite got the hang of those witchy spells, and her bungling is why when she sneezes, she and her dear friend, Prince Eadric, spend a lot of time as frogs. Emma's kingdom is threatened with an invasion by a rival king whose loathsome son, Prince Jorge, intends to make fifteen-year-old Emma his bride. Emma's father needs Grassina's magic powers to fend off the impending attack, but she is distracted by her love for Haywood, the light of her life for many years, who was turned into an otter by Olivene, Emma's hateful witch grandmother. Emma and Eadric beseech the haggish Olivene to help them break the curse and turn Haywood human again so that Grassina can focus on homeland security. A visit to the Old Witches' Retirement Community is conditionally fruitful. Grandma is as nasty as ever but offers up the tricky ingredients needed to break Haywood's spell. Emma's questwith Eadric's helpis as magically adventurous as fantasy can get. The resources of team Emma-Eadric complement each other nicely as they race against time and twisted roadblocks (not to mention flatulent dragons) to save their land. Talking bats, a Dragon Olympics, and a fitful flying carpet are some of the charming ingredients in this fast-moving, inventive coming-of-(witch)age sequel to Baker's The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2002/VOYA December 2002). VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High,defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, Bloomsbury, 250p., Ages 11 to 15.
Beth E. Andersen
Gr 5-7-Quests, tests, hearts won and broken, encounters with dragons, and plenty of magic animate this breezy sequel to The Frog Princess (Bloomsbury, 2003). When evil hag Olivene not only refuses to change good witch Grassina's heartthrob Haywood back from being an otter, but also dispatches him to parts unknown, young witch-in-training Princess Emeralda (Emma) and formerly enchanted Prince Eadric are charged with gathering the ingredients needed for a curse-lifting potion: "A gossamer hair from mother-of-pearl,/The breath of a dragon green./A feather from an aged horse,/The husk of a magic bean." Nothing turns out to be quite what it seems-and thanks to a previous curse, the questors switch between human and frog whenever Emma sneezes. Oh, and the kingdom of Greater Greensward is also about to be invaded by the army of Emma's snotty ex-suitor, Prince Jorge. Eadric's focus on food, flirting, and fighting (exactly in that order) still makes him something of a male caricature, but at least he's brave and decent-hearted. As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists and the possibility of further adventures. A treat for fans of Gail Carson Levine's books.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
A rollicking sequel to The Frog Princess (2002) does not disappoint. Emeralda--Emma--discovers that now that she and Eadric have turned back into people again, they revert to frogginess whenever Emma sneezes. That's only the beginning, though. Emma's Aunt Grassina, the Green Witch, is utterly distracted by having her beloved turned into an otter by her own mother, Emma's utterly unsuitable grandmother. Emma's mother Chartreuse, who has no magic, needs Grassina to defend the kingdom, although she can spare time to snipe at her daughter, sister, and mother. Eadric, when he isn't eating, gamely goes along with Emma on her quest to help Grassina reverse the spell and save the otter and the kingdom. A talking, rhyming sword, a very young dragon, and a lot of cranky old witches are a few of the delights of this tale that manages to be both fast-paced and rambling. Don't miss the red hooded cloak lined with wolf fur among the dragon's treasure. (Fantasy. 8-12)
“As tasty as its prequel, this romantic confection ends with several ingenious twists . . . A treat.” School Library Journal
“As magically adventurous as fantasy can get.” VOYA
“Dragon's Breath continues the tradition of feisty princesses who turn the normal fantasy clichés inside-out. Self-aware and independent, Emma is a heroine to root for, the sort who never gives up.” Science Fiction Chronicle