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Frogspell (Spell #1)

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The first in a four-book series for younger readers set in the time of King Arthur. The adventures revisit Camelot, Merlin and Arthur but with a fresh touch, great characterisation and dialogue, and humour. The stories are well plotted, funny and perfectly pitched for the younger reader. Would-be wizard Max, his sister (who wants to be a knight), two humorous pet animal ch...more
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Templar (first published September 1st 2010)
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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...more
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
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...more
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,...more
Hannah (Jaedia)
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...more
Lee Födi
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
Very cute book. Nice easy read for kids with enough humor to keep them interested.
Mailis Viiand
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.
This was a fun read with my kids. We will definitely be reading the second one.
Fun magical read for primary age children, first in a series too I think.
I just love this book, such a good story, read it in a day
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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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