Frogkisser! : A Magical Romp of a Fairytale

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'Wise and wondrous' - Holly Black

Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm, the vital item needed to change a frog back to a prince . . . oh, and save her kingdom from her villainous step(step)father.

Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 2018

A brilliantly funny take on fairytales and quests for younger readers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 31mm | 412g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848126018
  • 9781848126015
  • 219,110

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This beautifully told romp of fairy tale is at its core a meditation on the perils of power. Wise and wondrous. -- Holly Black Nix takes inspiration from classics and improves on them . . . Great fun with heart. * Kirkus, starred review * This book is humorous, entertaining and beautifully feminist. Princess Anya is a wonderful twist on the fairy princess. The characters were wonderfully quirky. This really is a beautiful story. * The Whispering of the Pages * First things first - how beautiful the actual hardback Frogkisser! is. With a beautiful slip cover, bright yellow bookmark, gorgeous froggy endpapers and elegant leaf detailing on each chapter heading, this book was a delight to look at, even before I started to read. Piccadilly Press have outdone themselves with the print quality on this one... Far from being just a tale of a girl and her dog on a magical adventure, Frogkisser! Also touches on issues of privilege and responsibility, allowing Anya (and the reader) to reflect on her situation without ever feeling preachy. * Much Ado About Books * There is more than enough here to satisfy your imagination and I ended up loving every second. There were a lot of funny and lighthearted moments as well as a lot of morals and great lessons to be learned. A brilliant fractured fairytale full of magic, adventure and a fantastic cast of characters. * Laura's Little Blog * Fairy tales have never been this much fun! Kiss those traditional tales goodbye and put on your lip balm as you love, laugh and race through the pages of this super funny and mischievous romp featuring madcap magic, perilous quests, kissing frogs and very evil stepfathers...Nix is on top form as he conjures up one of the most entertaining middle grade books of 2017. Frogkisser! is a gorgeous, gregarious story full of fun and laughter but also a subtle contemporary fable offering welcome, worldly wise messages for readers of all ages about the perils of too much power, and the imperative to be thankful for any privileges that might come your way. A charming children's odyssey with grown-up sophistication... simply magical! * Lancashire Evening Post * I can see why Nix is so popular. He really knows how to tell a story. This is really funny and I just love how it flowed altogether. A must read for the whole family! * Words From A Reader * This novel has everything you could possibly want in a fairytale and more - humour, wit, a feisty princess and of course frogs. There are nods to every classic fantasy you have ever read here and the whole makes for a supremely satisfying read. It's a handsome production and has some very lovely frog endpapers too. * Books for Keeps * With absurdism and wit reminiscent of Pratchett, Frogkisser is an absolute joy that had me weeping with laughter on many occasions. Nix captures dogs with such a knowing smile, and imbues Anya with such courage and kindness that you can't help but root for her. This is one of my favourite books so far this year. Pure joy, silliness and magic; really what more could you want? * Little HuxTales * a really adventurous story, full of unexpected meetings and a varied cast of characters, which will appeal to boys and girls. This is a great book for 9+ readers, or a quick, fun, feminist fairy tale for anyone a bit older than that. * Adventures With Words * A fairy tale for the modern feminist generation. * Booktrust * This novel has everything you could possibly want in a fairytale and more - humour, wit, a feisty princess and of course frogs. There are nods to every classic fantasy you have ever read here and the whole makes for a supremely satisfying read. It's a handsome production and has some very lovely frog endpapers too. * Books For Keeps * This book is funny, I loved that despite the title it's not a romance, and it's about having responsibility handed to you and deciding what you'll do about it. Anya doesn't just decide to be a hero, she has a path. That path is filled with wit, drama, magic and uniqueness which makes this story more entertaining. * Luna's Little Library * The newest entry into the 'empowered princess' genre...jaunty and amusing. * New York Times Sunday * A witty, refreshing twist on a well-thumbed fairytale, FROGKISSER is Nix at his irreverent best. -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave * Kiran Millwood Hargrave * a brilliant, modern take on a classic fairytale by a master story-teller. This book is a brilliant read, for boys and girls and anyone who loves a sprinkling of magic in their lives. * Armadillo Magazine * This funny take on fairy tales follows Princess Anya and her loyal dog as they embark on a terribly important quest * Big Issue North * Nix takes the Roald Dahl template of a child struggling against grown-up forces and adds magic, thievery, seven dwarves and some talking dogs. This is a fast-paced and lively read * INIS Reading Guide * This superb new age fairy tale is bold, inventive and funny. There are twists and turns and considerations aplenty. We love this book! * Book Wagon * Great fun, a book to treasure * Carousel * Frogkisser takes a refreshing approach to the traditional princess fairy tale. In this story, there are no passive princesses pining over princes. Nix creates strong and powerful female characters who take their fates, and the fate of their kingdom, into their own hands * Children's Books Ireland *
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About Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning Old Kingdom fantasy novels; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series; and with Sean Williams, the Troubletwisters books and Spirit Animals: Blood Ties. He is also the author of Frogkisser and other novels for younger children.

More than six million copies of Garth's books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and the Guardian, and his work has been translated into 40 languages. He lives in Sydney, Australia. Follow Garth on twitter at @garthnix or at
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Rating details

4,902 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,161)
4 42% (2,044)
3 27% (1,314)
2 6% (300)
1 2% (83)
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