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The Queen of the Frogs Hardcover – March 20, 2017
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About the Author
Davide Cali began writing for children in 2000 and has since published over sixty illustrated books. His work has been published in 25 countries, and he has won numerous awards, including the Baobab Prize in 2005 and a Bologna Ragazzi Special Award in 2006. He currently lives in Italy.
Marco Somà was born in Italy in 1983. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cuneo and is now a professor of illustration at the same academy. His artwork has been selected for exhibitions at the Bologna Book Fair, and in 2015 he recieved the Emanuele Luzzati Prize for the Italian edition of The Queen of the Frogs.
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One summers evening whilst they were sat singing around the pond, something dropped into the water. The frogs dived to the bottom to find the item. When they got back to the surface one of the frogs was wearing the item on her head, a crown. The other frogs all called her ‘queen’ and starting chanting ‘long live the queen’.
Soon, they were fed up of having a queen. She bossed them about, demanded the largest lily pad, and was constantly hungry, so they had to work hard to catch flies for her. This started to make the frogs sad.
One day one of the frogs came up with a fantastic idea to get things back to normal. You’re going to have to read the book to find out if he managed it, and how?
The Queen of Frogs, is a young children’s hardcover book. It was a joy to read, and the story was captivating, and full of fun.
I loved the large, colourful, eye catching illustrations that are adorned throughout, which are full of character.
The book would be perfect for bedtime reading, alongside class reading. I can see it being a story that is read over, and over again.
Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
The frogs have a happy life in the pond. They make noise and swim and enjoy music. One day, something falls into the pond and when one of the frogs retrieves it, she finds that it is a crown. From that day forward, she is pronounced the queen, and does the sorts of things that frogs think queens can do. She doesn't have to catch her own flies, she gets the biggest lilypad, and she is the best at everything, even though she now does nothing.
Life changes for the frogs, but can it ever be the same again?
The story is wise and thought-provoking while still being fun to read. The illustrations are fabulous! There are fish in the ponds with lights attached to their foreheads. There are frog bands in suits and sitting at swanky tables. Even though the color palette remains earthy, there is an abundant amount of detail that kept catching my eye. I really enjoyed this story and it's subtle lesson about those who are given power over us.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
Today is release day for The Queen of the Frogs, a hilarious story with a moral that everyone can relate to. The story is set at a pond with a community of frogs, flies, and dragonflies. One day, a shiny gold object drops into the pond – the frogs aren’t quite sure what it is, but it looks a lot like a crown. The frog community decided that the frog who found the “crown” should be their new queen, and then the fun ensues.
For a pond that never had a ruler before, they struggle to understand what exactly a queen does. The result is that they really found out all of the things a queen does NOT do, much to their chagrin. The queen doesn’t catch her own flies, she doesn’t get her feet wet, and she doesn’t even talk to the other frogs!
I enjoyed The Queen of the Frogs for its easy to understand writing style and the readily understood message about fairness, with a subtle nudge at questioning authority. The drawings are calm and neutral, but robust with detail. This book would be great for independent readers, or for a fun read-along. I definitely recommend it for a young reader’s library.
Much like the title character of my favorite Seuss story, Yertle the Turtle, our little green queen gets a bit too happy with her status. As they say, pride cometh before a fall and both children and adult readers are sure to get a kick out of the story. I must confess though, that it was the illustrations that really excited me. Soma has a style that feels a little antique and yet wholly modern, I will definitely have an eye out for more work from this author and illustrator team.
Notes: ARC received through NetGalley.