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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,205 ratings  ·  169 reviews
A princess should be as good as she is beautiful.

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

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Ms. Yingling
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Frogger was such a cute read!! I loved the twist on the spell and hope it transferred to the person you kissed. Didn't see the ending coming, but it was a good ending. All in all, a fun read!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This was a cute little story. I liked Imogene, the princess and main character. She was spunky and not your typical high maintenance princess. She was funny and I liked how she took things in stride. Even though she was mad at being turned into a frog, she was still nice to people and helped them. Ned and Harry were jerks, but Prince Malcolm was sweet. This was an easy, fun read.
Intisar Khanani
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Super cute and humorous story, though the pacing lagged here and there. Dragon Bait is still my favorite VVV book!
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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
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book. Sometimes it was hard to keep track of what was happening, because the author kept on adding new characters. I would recommend this book to people who like Land of Stories, because it is about fairy tales. You really get connected with the characters.
This was a cute retelling of the Frog Prince. I found it very easy to read and liked the twist to the story, that the princess who kisses the frog turns into a frog herself. I definitely think that younger ages would enjoy this tale, since older ones might find the ending predictable. If you enjoy fairytale retellings, you would probably enjoy this story.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm a lover of fairy tales and all that goes with it - dangerous journey's, daring rescues, princesses who save themselves (girl power!), witches, good versus evil, and of course happily ever afters. Telling me that you just read or I should read a book that is a retelling will instantly make me want to read the book. I do not need to know anymore just give me the book. I decided to read some retellings this year after I told myself I would last year.

So here I am with Frogged - a retelling of T
Lyle Willey
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Frogged, Vivian Vande Velde

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

Brief description
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
Shanshad Whelan
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy, mg
Sometimes I'll pick up a book and start reading it without noting the author on the cover. When four pages in, I'm really getting settled into the text and my third thoughts murmur "hey, this author knows what they're doing", that's often when I'll go back and check to see who wrote the book.

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
Becky B
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Princess Imogene is trying to be helpful in kissing the frog claiming to be a prince, only to find herself unwittingly used by that pesky boy Harry who got himself justly turned into a frog for annoying a nice old witch. Now she's stuck as a frog until she can get someone else to kiss her, but Princess Imogene feels bad about tricking anyone the way Harry tricked her. How can a princess break a curse without stooping to the low of turning someone else into a frog? She tries asking the witch, but ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Eh. It was okay. It sounded really fun; I love a good modernized/modified fairy tale. This one was supposed to be a take on The Frog Prince clearly. As my roommate Kelly pointed out when I read her the description, it sounded like a cross between Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and Don Bluth’s Thumbelina. (Which is one of my all time favorite movies, no shame.) The execution was just a little boring. There wasn’t much that was new here; I’m not sure why the author felt the need to tell this s ...more
Ashley Stein
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I will keep this short and sweet. Or just short really. I was expecting a lot from this book, considering it was written by Vivian Vande Velde, which may explain why I feel so disappointed with it. It was a good book all in all. It was an interesting spin on the original fairy tale, though an interesting spin I have seen before in E.D. Bakers' series The Frog Princess. That was my primary problem with this book. I kept thinking I was reading one of E.D. Bakers books and confusing myself. It did ...more
Princess Debz
**I received an ARC and was not compensated for this review**

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
May 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: all-mg
This is more around 3.5
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
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, funny fractured fairy tale - 12-year-old Princess Imogene kisses a frog who claims he's a prince...and gets turned into a frog herself.

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
Summer Meyers
I picked this up on the way out of the library because of the catchy cover and I always enjoy re-tells of fairy tales.

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
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was ok, but it bears a striking resemblance to the book "Tales of A Frog Princess", and not in the best way. This one took a new spin to some things, but let me say this without going into too much detail: read the series by E.D. Baker instead of this book. The "Tales of the Frog Princess" features, in my personal opinion, more memorable characters, an interesting world, and an overall greater 'meaning'. Yes, I'm talking about a book geared for the same age as "Frogged". I will try to ...more
Using a book she's ignored (the titles of each chapter are lessons from the book 'Art of Being a Princess') awkward Princess Imogene gets herself turned into a frog by kissing one and goes off an adventure to turn herself back into Imogene. Fun colorful characters, light humor and lessons of coming-of-age, this is a great book for girls, especially, who are in that awkward stage in life (when puberty hits), who like(d) the Disney Princesses and looking for something fun to read.
Your Friendly Neighborhood INFP
Cute and hilarious. A great, light-hearted middle-grade read. Also, I love the cover!

Favorite bits:

“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.’”
Kristin Nelson
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some reviewers have said this isn't one of Vivian Vande Velde's best books, but I've read only one other book by her, so I can't comment on that. I liked the plot and I was entertained by the humor in both the narration and the dialogue. A fun book! ...more
Susan Aurbo-Charabin
My 9 year old daughter loved this book and insisted that I read it. So I finally did. It was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end so it wasn’t a waste of my time. The plot starts off interestingly enough, but then starts meandering all over the place until it reaches a fairly dull and predictable ending.
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Emily C
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it
My sister loved reading this book
Jennifer Heise
A cute read with a strong protagonist and a not-completely-obvious plotline.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book, because it was fantasy. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked the Land Of Stories, or who likes fantasy. I liked the characters, and the relationship between them.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super cute twist on the frog princess fairy tale.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed VVV's books and this was no different. It was fun to read an an interesting take on "The Frog Prince."
Jessalyn King
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 9-12, humour
Vivian Vande Velde does it again. She takes an overdone premise and makes it excellent and entertaining. Love it!
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Vivian Vande Velde (born 1951, currently residing in Rochester, New York) is an American author who writes books primarily aimed at young adults.

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

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