Shalini Boland has done it again! What a wonderful tale for children. A Shirtful of Frogs is unlike anything I've ever read and it was an utter delight. I would imagine that children of any age would love this book. As is always the case with Shalini's stories, I was completely sucked into the pages. I honestly felt like I'd been transported back in time to the era of Second World War every time I opened the pages (well, the Kindle!) and I really felt for poor little Jimmy. I wanted to give those bullies a good hiding! And that hideous woman who he lived with... my heart ached for Jimmy every time she appeared. Once I'd finished the book and read that the tale was inspired by real life events, I was touched even more. A Shirtful of Frogs should be on every child's Christmas list this year! Suzy Turner YA Author
3.5 - not a bad book and I'd probably recommend it.
I have a small, exclusive shelf on GR called "Six star" - which is my shelf for the best of the best books I have ever read. Unfortunately, after reading a "six star" book, the next book I read doesn't live up. The last book I read, The Kite Runner, was definitely a six star book - the plot and writing were brilliant, character development was superb, and the messages and themes were beautiful. Granted, A Shirtful of Frogs is a children's book, but I did not feel the writing was that quality and I felt it was a tad juvenile. There were some parts where I thought the author wrote "Jimmy" and she meant "Nathan" or vise versa.... I thought the plot and the characters could have been better developed.
I actually feel pretty bad giving this book 3 stars, and I'd probably recommend it, but it unfortunately just didn't live up to the last book I read. If the book sounds interesting to you though, definitely give it a shot.
I would highly recommend this story for MA/YA readers (and adults like me who enjoy the occasional light read). It reminds me of Roald Dahl's stories (i.e. the monstrous evil Mrs Cribbins), but swap out the humour for drama. The characters are believable (perhaps because they're based on real people) and likeable. Give this book a go.
I enjoyed this book very much. I've heard and read about the bombing of London and children being sent to the countryside by their parents to save them but never thought about the possibility of them be mistreated. My heart really went out to this boy. I was happy about the ending but thought it would have been better if the child had come back as an old man to see the boy that helped him.