Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: The Frog Prince: The Brothers Grimm Story Told as a Novella

33607137 The Frog Prince: The Brothers Grimm Story Told as a Novella by Mike Klaassen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy from the author for review

A CLASSIC TALE AS NEVER BEFORE TOLD: Long ago in magical realm, seventeen-year-old Prince Gerit reneges on a promise and is turned into a frog. He struggles to adapt to living in a frog's body, feeding himself, and avoiding predators, and then he sets off to find a princess who can undo the spell. Gerit finds Princess Anneliese, but she refuses to kiss him. In a stalemate that forces them to spend time together, Anneliese and Gerit learn to enjoy each other's company. When Anneliese is faced with marrying a man she does not love, Gerit persuades her to kiss him and turn him back into a prince.

This one actually made me laugh in places! I love it when a book is able to do that, and I didn't expect a story based on a Grimm fairytale to be one of them, but I can think of two places that I laughed out loud! I loved the lessons and struggles portrayed in this story, and enjoyed the classic style with a modern take. I have always been a big fan of classic fairytales, especially those by the Brother's Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, but I've found lately that often the retellings can be just as enjoyable! I was excited to see this one was available for review, as I am new to Klaassen's work, but this was a great first impression, and I look forward to reading more of his stories!

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