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Frogspell (Spell #1)

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Max Pendragon is probably the worst squire in King Arthur's kingdom - he'd much rather train to be a wizard instead. So when he accidentally invents a spell that turns people into frogs, it seems his wish might come true.

But events take an unexpected turn when Max enters the Novices' Spell-Making Competition and finds himself helping Merlin fight an evil sorceress. There's
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Templar (first published September 1st 2010)
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Dec 12, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Frogspell was a cute and imaginative read which had me under its spell in just a few short paragraphs. Written for younger readers, the print is larger than normal with wider line spacing which made reading very quick. Each chapter begins with a beautiful illustration by David Wyatt, which really adds to the character of the book.

Max is a young wannabe wizard who lives with his parents, younger sister Olivia, Ferocious the rat and Adolphus, a forgetful and bumbling baby dragon. The family are at
Cheriee Weichel
Mar 09, 2014 Cheriee Weichel rated it really liked it
I should have waited to finish writing a review of this book before giving it stars. Ultimately I started out giving it 3.5 stars, but when I started to contemplate who the audience was, I changed it to 4.

Before I started reading this book I had just finished American Gods by Neil Gaiman (a book for grown ups). I was afraid to read anything because, seriously, when you finish a book that stunning, nothing in the world will compare.

On account of this, I decided to go for a book where I had few ex
Frogspell is a fun little read about a boy called Max who is lousy with anything resembling a weapon and would much prefer to be a wizard. He sets out to create a spell so impressive that it will win him the Novices' Spell-Making Competition and finally get him noticed. This is how he accidentally invented the frogspell during a fight with his sister and how they end up helping Merlin to stop the Lady Morgana in her tracks.

This book is absolutely adorable. Written for the younger reader, there i
Jun 29, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it
I have seen these books on the shelf and often thought they looked quite fun but never got round to picking them up, then my mum read them for her book group at the library i think and passed them to me. As they are so short I thought why not!

Frogspell follows Max, a young boy living in King Arthur's times. His father wants him to train to be a knight, but Max wants to be a wizard, he has heard of the great Merlin and wants to be just like him. If only he could win the annual spell competition,
Jun 14, 2014 Helen rated it it was amazing
The first three books in this quartet came into the library where I work as transfer items from another branch. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I was immediately attracted by the cute colourful pictures on the front, which intrigued me enough to read the blurbs on the back. I've always loved the Arthurian legends and tales of Merlin's magic, so I was further attracted to them. I'm always on the lookout for quick reads for my 8-12 year olds in my Chatterbooks group, so I decid ...more
It is time to take yet another canter around King Arthur's court. And the protagonist here is eleven year old Max Pendragon. Max is a reluctant squire. His real talent lies in magic and he hopes to be a legitimate wizard one day. But familial pressures, snotty competitors and awry spells combine to make him one very frustrated and hapless little boy.

Events suddenly take a dangerous turn when King Arthur's son is kidnapped by the nefarious and powerful Lady Morgana le Fay. It is up to Max, his a
Oct 01, 2014 Zayneea rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this story about a boy who wants to become a Wizard even though his father wants him to become a Knight. The whole story is based on a spell he has created for the Novices' Spell-Making Competition.

At the start of each chapter there is an illustration by David Wyatt - these are a very beautiful addition to the book, and work really well with the story although do tend to give away what is going to happen before you have read it.

I had borrowed this book from the library, and have p
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Mar 27, 2015 Faye {Daydreaming_Star} rated it really liked it
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From the very first moment that this book I started, I found myself hooked. Straight away you are thrust into the action as a spell that Max is brewing goes completely wrong due to his pet dragon and he accidentally turns himself into a frog! Just from this, it is clear to see how much fun and adventure is hidden within this book and I think that it is the perfect book for younger children. It has all the qualities needed to entertain you, as well as keeping you interested enough to continue on ...more
Lee Födi
Jan 18, 2014 Lee Födi rated it liked it
I read this book with aim to teach it to my younger students in my creative writing class; it's a good fit with themes of magic, mythology, and monsters, as it includes transformations and is set in the kingdom of Camelot and draws on classic characters such as Merlin and King Arthur. It's cleanly written and had a straightforward story that I'm sure my students will love. Myself, I wanted a bit more magic in the writing and in the characters. There are some delightful illustrations to begin eac ...more
Rebecca Chamberlain
Sep 09, 2016 Rebecca Chamberlain rated it liked it
These books are fun and short. Perfect for kids that are just starting to read novels.

Final Verdict: funny and short, definitely not one of those books you can read as an adult and enjoy as much as you would as a kid (like Harry Potter)

Review by Rebecca Chamberlain, all opinions, ratings, reviews and thoughts are entirely my own

Mailis Viiand
Dec 19, 2011 Mailis Viiand rated it really liked it
For readers aged 5-10. One of the best features are the illustrations and cover. Looks exciting and pretty. The story is not very new or original, but kids probably will not care and like it anyway.
Crystal Anderson
Jan 25, 2016 Crystal Anderson rated it really liked it
Super cute! Absolutely loved it & that it draws on tales of Arthur, Merlin & Morgana Le Fay.
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Jan 28, 2013 Bev rated it really liked it
Fun magical read for primary age children, first in a series too I think.
May 08, 2014 Terisa rated it it was amazing
Very cute book. Nice easy read for kids with enough humor to keep them interested.
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I wanted to be a children's writer from the age of about 10, but got distracted and became an anthropologist instead. I did fieldwork research in south India and then worked for ten years as an academic. I wrote my first children's book, Frogspell, while taking a break between jobs. The sequels, Cauldron Spells, Ice Spell and Swordspell are all now out and I'm working on a new trilogy, starting wi ...more
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