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Prince Ribbit
2017
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Once upon a time, a talking frog tried to pull a long con on two princess sisters. Lucinda and Arabella are devotees of fairy tales, so they think the frog has Potential Handsome Prince written all over his green face; he's invited to dine at their table and sleep in a royal bed. But a third sister, Martha (whose personality and tresses may remind readers of Merida from Brave), insists that "Just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true," and sets out to find the cold, hard facts. Since those facts live in science books, however, Martha finds her own words turned against her. These proceedings may cause a little uneasiness in anyone who believes we've entered a post-truth world, but rest assured that Emmett and Bernatene, collaborators on The Santa Trap and other titles, are here to entertain, not debate objective reality. The pictures have the vivid sweep and irreverent characterizations of modern animation, the frog is a suitably haughty rogue, and readers will take away a universally appealing lesson: it's fun to be clever. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Fantasy meets reality in this twist on the tale of "The Frog Prince" as three young princesses find that a frog in the royal pond can actually speak. Entranced with the romance of the traditional fairy tale, they declare that he is actually royalty and ponder ways to turn him into the prince of their dreams-serenading him with a harp and a violin and offering him a princely soft pillow bed, food at the royal table, the services of the royal tailor, a distinctive crown, and servants to meet his every need. Rich color and patterns reminiscent of tapestry or lace grace the digital cartoon art, which features large-eyed, expressive princesses and plenty of detail, from the impressionistic background of the lily pond to the shading of a royal procession. Only the youngest princess, Martha, sees through the amphibian's tricks and knows him for what he is-a lowly frog (with a gift for gab). Her solution to reveal his deception provides readers with an ending that perfectly suits the story's repeated admonition-"just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true." VERDICT This entertaining read-aloud with a hint of the fairy tale is a suggested general purchase for most libraries.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

A clever frog longs for a princely life, so when he overhears two princesses reading the Frog Prince, he hops out of the water and declares himself to be Prince Ribbit, enchanted by a jealous wizard. The two princesses, convinced that the slimy little fellow could be turned into a handsome prince, proceed to pamper him. Meanwhile, Princess Martha presumably the sister of the others likes facts more than fairy tales and doesn't buy the frog's story, but her sisters pooh-pooh her science books when she tries to prove the truth. Just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true! they say, and that phrase is the story's constant refrain, all the way through the twist ending. Lushly colored illustrations showing bucolic landscapes and richly appointed interiors provide a fitting backdrop to this royal tale, while allowing the unique personalities of the characters to shine. A good-natured story, glamorous enough to satisfy hardcore princess fans and nuanced enough for those who like a little depth in their fairy tales.--Enos, Randall Copyright 2017 Booklist

  Horn Book Review

A clever frog takes advantage of two naive princesses who believe he will turn into a prince. They know this is true because they've read it in their fairy-tale storybook. But their sister, Princess Martha, relies on nonfiction for her information and exposes the frog's trickery. The vibrant digital illustrations will please princess fans, but the book's message about critical literacy also shines. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Kirkus Review

Three pink-cheeked, white princesses meet a conniving frog in this amusing metafictional parody of "The Frog Prince."The two older sisters are elegant young ladies in jewels and brocade gowns who sit in the palace garden reading fairy tales. They sit quietly and read "The Frog Prince," while their much younger sister, Princess Martha, prefers learning facts and studying real frogs. A clever frog introduces himself as the ensorcelled Prince Ribbit and convinces the older sisters to take him indoors for a pampered life. Spunky Princess Martha, with red, curly hair and glasses, sees through the frog's ruse. Her sisters offer fairy tales to prove their point, while Martha counters with informational texts, triggering the story's refrain: "Just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true." The older sisters kiss the frog to try to break the spell and turn him into a handsome prince and future husband, but Martha tries to befriend the frog, sealing the deal with a gentle kiss. In a surprising twist ending, the frog turns into a dark-haired, pale-skinned prince who is "SO handsome that Martha decided she DID want to marry him after all." The final page, however, shows Martha laughing with the real frog, along with the story's thematic advice not to believe everything, as "just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true." Despite the tongue-in-cheek ambiguity of the ending, the story seems to reinforce the notion that partners should be chosen based on appearances. In addition, Princess Martha appears far too young to be contemplating marriage, so the moment when readers think she is may unsettle them. A huge trim size and digitally produced illustrations in bright, jewel tones add appeal. An entertaining effort with a disappointing denouement. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Enchanted prince or just a plain old frog? Pucker up, princesses! There's only one way to find out... Fairy tales are just stories--or so Princess Martha believes. But when her sisters meet a talking frog, they're convinced that giving him the royal treatment will turn him into Prince Charming. After all, that's what happens in their story books. Martha isn't so sure. The more she sees of Prince Ribbit, the more suspicious she becomes. Armed with the facts, Martha sets out to expose Prince Ribbit and prove to her sisters that "just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true." But before "The End," Princess Martha might just learn that lesson for herself! Jonathan Emmett's clever twist on the "The Frog Prince" pits a spunky, bespectacled princess against a sly amphibian to teach a charming lesson on the pitfalls of trusting everything you read
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