Emmett, Jonathan Prince Ribbit, illustrated by Poly Bernatene. PICTURE BOOK. Peachtree, 2017. $17.
When a frog hops out of the pond and speaks to them, Princess Arabella and Princess Lucinda are sure that he is a real prince, just like in their fairy tales. Their little sister, Princess Martha, is sure that he is a fraud. Is this clever frog playing a trick on them?
The illustrations in this book are colorful and are spot on for a fairy tale and I really like the interplay between the sisters. The thing I don’t like is the repetition of the phrase “Just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true”. This seems to be the theme of the book and it just hurt for me to say it every time in a context where it really isn’t the point – especially with the twist to the ending. Without that particular refrain, I would have enjoyed this much more.
Pre-K, EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher