So says The Art of Being a Princess, which Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. But since she is neither particularly good nor all that beautiful, she skips her homework to visit the pond. There she meets a talking frog who claims to be a prince under a witch's spell. Imogene kindly kisses him to remove the spell - an...more
When Princess Imogene tries to help who she thinks is a prince cursed to be a frog, she ends up a frog herself. But she must pass the curse on to someone else to save herself and Imogene has enough fortitude not to do that.
Imogene is just a little younger than thirteen and it shows in her actions. She's not unintelligent, just young and sheltered. Her eventual traveling companion, Luella, is a delight. She's the butt of a mean joke at first, but she turns out to be more. This is not my favorite ...more
I don't even know how to describe this book. It's Vivian Vande Velde. I like Vivian Vande Velde. I haven't read a book she's written that I haven't liked, though some I've LOVED (but this one I liked). I recommend her to everyone because she's just that kind of author. Basically, amazing.
What I mean to say is that this is a solid read. It didn't leave a huge impression on me, but that's mostly because it's the more MG Vivian Vande Velde as opposed to the more YA ...more
So here I am with Frogged - a retelling of T ...more
Category/genre- YA, fantasy fiction
Estimate of age of level of interest- Grades 4-8
Estimate reading level
• Reading level 5.6
• Lexile Measure 870
• F and P= T
Princess Imogene is preparing for her thirteenth birthday and being transformed from a loud, rude, tom-boy to a real princess. Her journey to becoming a true princess begins with the unfortunate transformation into a frog and the adventures that ensue as she strives to return home to her parents and ...more
That's what happened here. I snagged this book off my TBR pile in a hurry, needing something for my train ride. Got a few pages in, and then checked the writer. And of course Ms. Vivian Vande Velde knows her ...more
This book is exactly the kind of book I would've loved when I was eight or nine. It had that unique whimsy that can only be captured in certain middle grade stories.
Blank*teen year old me loved it just as much, if not more, than I would've when I was nine. It made me giggle and sent all sorts of silly daydreams into my head.
The story, while somewhat predictable, was just too much fun for me to care. Imogene was a very spunky characte ...more
I enjoyed the quirkiness of the story but I kind of got tired of how things kept going from bad to worst without any break. More than once I felt like going "Oh for goodness sake" because I just couldn't believe what some of the characters were doing or saying.
It was interesting to see a new twist on the Princess and the frog tale. I've never stopped to wonder how it would feel like to be a frog and now I have a very good idea.
In case you decide to read it and find yoursel ...more
I'm reading this with Sandy, but got impatient to find out how it ends and read ahead. I really love the portrayal of the parents in this book. So often tween/teen novels have parents that are portrayed as idiotic, absent, oblivious, etc.... This novel portrayed her parents as intelligent, concerned, and loving. There was some conflict with her mother at t ...more
This was very cute. Age range I would say is 7-11. It's fun and I thought the ending very clever. I liked that the romance was very light. Pretty much nonexistent. Appropriate for this age group.
Things I didn't like--the beginning felt a bit forced. It took her a few chapters to find her rhythm. The bad guy wasn't all that bad and he turns out to be pretty nice at the end so tha ...more
“Chapter 3: A Princess Ought to Be Fearless. (That’s just crazy: the only people who are fearless are people who have no imagination.)”
“‘All right,’ she said, ‘how do we do this?’
The frog rolled his eyes, which is not a pretty sight in a frog.
‘Well, it seems to me that either the lips gotta come down to the frog, or the frog’s gotta come up to the lips.’”
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde --> Starting February 19th, 2019||16||9||Feb 28, 2019 04:24PM|
Her novels and short story collections usually have some element of horror or fantasy, but are primarily humorous. Her book Never Trust a Dead Man (1999) received the 2000 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She says that she really likes to write for ...more