Little Bits: NetGalley edition

The Queen of the Frogs by Davide Cali

Received from NetGalley for review.

The Queen of the Frogs is a beautifully written and illustrated tale. It tells the story of a pond full of frogs, one of whom becomes queen one day after finding a crown on the pond floor. Although the frogs don’t know what a queen does, they soon decide that she can’t get her feet wet, must take it easy, and have the biggest lily pad; naturally the queen soon becomes lazy and full of herself, and the other frogs must find a way to restore fairness to their pond.

This is a perfect children’s book – the story is simple yet has a surprisingly important message about the dangers of one frog (or person) being in charge of everyone else and not pulling their weight, and I know children and parents alike will enjoy it. The illustrations are also wonderful – I love the way Marco Soma has drawn the frogs and their pond, and I know it will be a feast for the eyes of many.

Read: December 11th 2016

4/5 stars

Clearful and the Queen by M.J. Exon

Received from NetGalley for review.

Clearful and the Queen tells the story of Lali and Abba, sisters who invent a new word, ‘clearful’, and decide to write to the Queen and tell her about their new word – one can only imagine their surprise when the Queen writes back. What follows is a heart-warming and amusing tale involving cats who can drive cars and the cucumber sandwiches with the Queen herself. It’s lovely and light-hearted, and the soft colours and lines of the illustrations complement the story perfectly. I know that this will be a much loved story by all who read it, whether young, old, or royal.

Read: December 11th 2016

4/5 stars

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