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The Legend of Frog Paperback – 3 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Guy Bass grew up dreaming of being a superhero – he even had a Spider-Man costume. The costume doesn't fit any more, so Guy now contents himself with writing. He writes the Gormy Ruckles series for Scholastic UK, as well as the popular Dinkin Dings and The Legend of Frog series for Stripes. In 2010, Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things won a CBBC Blue Peter Book Award in the "Most Fun Story with Pictures" category. Guy lives in London with his wife.
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Worth checking out and hopefully picked up for a TV series one day.
Seph Aged 9
Plus there's a sword called Basil Rathbone and a sheep called Sheriff Explosion. It's just brilliantly surreal. This is now top of the list of books for me to read to my little boy once we've finished the current instalment of Harry Potter. I'm going to get to read it again and I can't wait. And there's a sequel!
Now this probably won't be on everybody's wavelength. Fair enough. But if you like weird, funny and sometimes slightly random science fiction/fantasy stuff AND want your kids to "grow up" to be just like you then honestly, I don't think you can go wrong with this.
I would love to see this made into a movie and hereby volunteer myself for the voice of Man-Lor! Fingers crossed...
She is nine, and a good reader, but I think the vocabulary used is a little above her level, so I would recommend this for maybe an 11 year old if being read independently.
We had it as a bedtime book, which I read to her. It works really well for this. Lots of different characters and lots of scope for funny voices, etc. The chapters are a good length for reading one a night (although I gave in sometimes to pleading for "another one").
This is one of those books that works on different levels. Even young readers will get the basic slapstick comedy and many of the verbal gags. However, anyone with a working knowledge of science fiction/fantasy tropes will pick up a load of more subtle references, and some mickey-taking of the standard genre plots.
As a story, it works well on its own terms: a classic "quest" tale where the hero sets off to find his destiny, encounters challenges and obstacles, but eventually triumphs (and learns some "important lessons in life" on the way). It romps along, with a suitable number of surprises and cliff-hangers to keep you reading to the end.
Given the ending, there is even the possibility of a sequel (or dare I say, a trilogy?)...
The story works on a number of levels, depending on the age and experience of the reader. Grown-ups reading to their kids may pick up on vintage cultural references such as misquoted movie lines and the name of Frog’s stick, while youngsters can enjoy the innocent pleasures of a speaking amphibian and a spoiled princess. Be warned, however, for there are a few slightly grim elements, such as deaths by laser beam and the unpleasant life cycle of the newnicorn, so this publication might not be suitable for a very small child.
Apparently there are illustrations in the book – you can see a couple of them in the “Look inside” preview on the Amazon product page – though they were not present in the review copy that I received.
“The Legend of Frog” is not as funny as it’s cracked up to be, but it’s still worth a look.
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