Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews



Emily Gravett
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Simon and Schuster, 2009   ISBN: 978-1416982708

One day a little green frog finds a book of spells. He wishes that the book was about boats and that he is a pirate sailing the seven seas. But it isn’t. He wishes that the book was about castles and that he is “a handsome prince kissing a beautiful princess.” But it wasn’t. He is just a frog and the book is just a book of spells

Then the frog finds a page with the words “Spell to become a Handsome Prince” at the top. Unfortunately, the pages in the book have been rather torn up and mixed up. There is no way of knowing which piece of page goes where. After many rather unfortunate mis-spells, the frog finally turns himself into a prince. At last he is going to be able to fulfill all his dreams. Or maybe not.

Magic fans of all ages will find it hard to resist this clever picture book. Children will love the divided interior pages, and they will laugh out loud when they see what happens to the frog when he tries to fulfill one of his wishes. It would appear that it is VERY important to read the small print, especially when you are casting a spell.