Spells by Emily Gravett

An amusing retelling of the Frog and the Princess from the point of view of a desperate Frog who wants to be a Prince, but, will he find true love. In this retelling the frog and his emotions are the main focus and the scene is set with the lonely hearts advert on the opening flap.

Upon finding a book a frog wishes that it was about boats and pretends to sail on a sea of torn pages. Not satisfied he then wishes it was book about castles and Princess to kiss. But in his present state of being only a small green frog this was not likely to happen, until, he discovers amongst the torn pages the title of a page ‘Spell to become a Handsome Prince’. Further hunting enables him to piece together strips of words and phrases that he uses to create instruction to make a spells. After casting the words and phrases into the cauldron and stirring three times the frog’s appearance undergoes a series of transformations, each transformation is created by the reader turning the top or bottom of the split page. The turning of the page also reveals another spell that transforms another part of the frog. Finally, he makes it and metamorphoses into the Prince he desires to be. In walks the princess and both of them pucker up, but, alas the Princess walks away disappointed and the frog is a frog again. Emily Gravatt has waved her magic again on a traditional tale, great made up phrases just ripe for chanting before producing that one word that describes frog’s latest outer skin.


About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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