Reviews for Kiss Me! (I'm a Prince!)

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
A frog, hoping to be restored as a prince, asks Ella for a kiss; he even offers her princesshood in return. She doesn't comply, though, because she prefers a talking frog--and her freedom to play--to a life of royalty. The text offers enough twists to satisfy fairy-tale fans, while the illustrations of freckle-faced, jeans-wearing Ella will draw them in. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2011 April

K-Gr 2--This clever variation on the classic "Frog Prince" features a modern girl wearing a red ball cap, a striped T-shirt, purple pants, and red sneakers. She is carrying a basketball, ready to shoot hoops, when a little green frog with a crown on his head wants a kiss to become a prince. When he puckers up his big froggy lips, Ella just puts him in her pocket and continues on her way. She would much rather have a talking frog than be a princess (as the frog promises her) who must study all day and wear uncomfortable clothes. They play together until a courtier takes the frog away in a golden coach pulled by white horses. Two weeks later the frog is back, having negotiated less homework and more time to play. A kiss from a friend will help him escape his frog body, so Ella kisses him. Kerrigan saves the transformation for the back endpapers. As a boy and girl go swimming, a crown rests on one towel, a red ball cap on the other. The uncluttered artwork uses a pastel palette and makes good use of white space. Whether read independently or shared at storytime, this breezy tale of a frog who comes to value being a boy as much as being a prince will elicit smiles.--Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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