One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess (third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene wonders if she will be forever frogified.
About the Author
Vivian Vande Velde has written many highly acclaimed books for teen and middle-grade readers, including Three Good Deeds, Heir Apparent, Deadly Pink, and the Edgar Award– winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.
"Imogene's misadventures as an amphibian are entertaining. There's enough light humor throughout to keep readers hooked."
"A fine addition to the canon of fractured fairy tales."
"The action is convincing, carried forward by dialogue and ironic good humor. A satisfying journey for fans of fractured fairy tales."
"Vande Velde writes with the crisp diction of a practiced storyteller who knows her text will likely be read aloud."
"Princess-loving girls will be charmed by this story."
—School Library Journal