Author: Garth Nix
Genre: Young Adult/Childrens/Fantasy
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix is a wonderful and whacky retelling of the classic ‘frog prince’ fairy tale.
It follows Anya, princess of Trallonia as she embarks on a dangerous quest for lip balm ingredients in order t turn her sisters beloved, Denholm back into his princely human form.
Being a modern-day retelling the story is less about true love and more about friendship and saving a kingdom from the oppression of Anya’s stepstepfather.
Indeed, Anya is a true 21st century princess. She’s not concerned with love, but will do anything to help her friends and her sister – even when it means putting her own life in danger.
I thought the spin Nix put on this classic fairy tale was quite enjoyable and I found the whimsical world created for this story a source of great amusement.
After all, what is a fairy tale retelling without evil sorcerers, thieves, druids, talking dogs and a wizard called ‘Snow White?’
Fans of The Princess Bride and Ella Enchanted are sure to love this queer and quirky tale.
I’m rating this book 3/5 stars.