Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Picture Book Review: The Queen of the Frogs

The Queen of the Frogs
Davide Cali and Marco Soma
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

**I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
It is available to purchase on March 20, 2017.

In The Queen of the Frogs, a normal, every day frog finds a crown and becomes queen.  But what does that mean?  What does a queen do?  Well her fellow frogs have many ideas about what it means to be queen and so she follows them all and things change for their little community.

The pictures in this book are whimsical and depict the frogs in little outfits, including old fashioned swimming suits, plaid pants, and sweater vests.  The story is also fun as we see the frogs fawning over their new queen in different ways.  The big issue I have with the story is that at the end, they are watching a couple on a bridge (wait, what bridge?).  Apparently the couple used to argue on the bridge (we've seen them before?) but now they are very happy together.  These last two pages threw the entire thing for me because it seemed unnecessary.  I was actually pretty surprised to even see anymore pages because the story seemed to have ended.

So overall I'd say it's a cute read and the pictures are very beautiful, but it's not a must-own for me.  For now, we'll pass on this one, or borrow from the library.