Saturday, 19 April 2014
Book: Kiss That Frog by Cate Rowen
200 years ago Prince Alexander made a mistake, that led to him being turned into a frog by a vindictive witch. Now in the present day, he has come into the care of 7 year old Livia. When Livia and her mother go away, she asks her Aunt Sofia to look after her frog. Though Sofia is reluctant at first to look after a frog, she is quickly drawn into talking to him, and on a whim kisses him, only for the frog to turn into a handsome Prince.
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Kiss That Frog is a modern retelling of the Frog Prince, and one of the things that I liked about it was the fact that it was clearly recognisable as the fairy tale, rather than there just being elements of it. Though in longer books it is good to have some diversification, in quick reads I think its better to have the recognisable elements.
The main character, Sofia, is the typical artistic type. Guarded, a little crazy, and messy. But that doesn't really matter much in terms of the story. Mainly her part in the story is related to her reaction to Alexander, though the fact she found him incredibly attractive helped her with the believing that he really was a Prince.
Alexander's reaction to the modern world was believable. He understood some things because he had seen them in his frog form, but others remained a mystery, and I thought that him discovering them read as believable and entrancing.
This was a short and sweet fairy tale retelling, perfect for a quick read.