Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Can a frog really turn into a prince?
When a cunning frog claims to be a bewitched prince, fairy-tale-loving princesses Arabella and Lucinda take him into their home and treat him like royalty. But fact-loving Princess Martha isn’t so sure; her non-fiction books tell a different story.
A brilliantly funny twist on the classic fairy tale
The Frog Prince.
"A cleverly told twist of the traditional tale, this hilarious story is beautifully told and vibrantly illustrated."
PARENTS IN TOUCH
"A book that drills home a very simple message: “Just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true.” Its timing could not be better."
Elizabeth Bird, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
UK Hardcover •ISBN-10: 1447283791 •
UK Paperback • ISBN-10: 1447284321 • ISBN-13: 978-1447284321
US Hardcover • ISBN-10: 1561457612 •
Enter Prince Ribbit, a book that drills home a very simple message: “Just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true.” Its timing could not be better. … Teaching very young children to take their books’ facts on something other than mere faith is a tricky subject, but increasingly necessary. With a steady hand and a working brain, a parent, teacher, or librarian could easily spin this book into a lesson that would ultimately do child readers a world of good. Read carefully. Read critically. Read everything and then form your own opinion from the facts, as best as you can gather them. Or, if you just prefer, read this cute book because it has princesses and talking frogs in it. As far as I can tell, that’s a win-win situation.
Elizabeth Bird, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
The pictures have the vivid sweep and irreverent characterizations of modern animation, the frog is a suitably haughty rogue, and readers will take away a universally appealing lesson: it’s fun to be clever.
A hilarious and witty send-up of The Frog Prince, and a reminder that not everything you read is true, Prince Ribbit by Jonathan Emmett & illustrated by Poly Bernatene is a whimsical new fairy tale perfect for bedtime, story time, or any time.
It’s always the sign of a good children’s book, I think, when it can make an adult laugh. And laugh, I did! Prince Ribbit had me chuckling from the very beginning, with Martha’s obvious eye roll and the smug frog’s enjoyment of the royal treatment.
The illustrations are so beautiful — both adding to the story through nuanced expressions on each character’s face, to the little details you really only notice when you study each page. A two-page spread featuring a collage of fairy tales that Martha reads is exceptionally well wrought.
And even when you think you know where the story goes, the author keeps you on your toes — and laughing once again — because, after all, “just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true.”
'Prince Ribbit,' written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Poly Bernatene, is a splendid story with an interesting and all-too-true moral - "just because it's in a book doesn't mean it's true." In an age where people are apt to believe much of what they hear, whether it is on the Internet, on TV, or elsewhere, this story truly teaches a lesson and backs up the idea that you really have to read closely - and often between the lines - to determine the truth of the matter. … A creative and thoughtful retelling of an age-old fairytale, 'Prince Ribbit' will not only be enjoyable and entertaining for readers, but will allow them to think outside the box and make their own determinations and predictions about how the story might turn out in the end.
Beth Rodgers – Staff Reviewer, YA AND KIDS BOOKS CENTRAL
Hop, skip and jump into this brilliant new picture book from top team Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene.
Well-loved fairy tale, The Frog Prince, gets a dashing, daring makeover as ever popular author Emmett and talented illustrator Bernatene put a devilishly clever twist in the not-so-handsome frog’s tail. … Emmett works his own brand of fairy tale magic as he transforms a classic tale into a feast of smiles and smoochy surprises while Bernatene’s stunning and superbly detailed illustrations provide a feast of colour and fun.
A picture book that all the family can enjoy…
Pam Norfolk, LANCASHIRE EVENING POST
A clever frog and a practical princess match wits in Jonathan Emmett’s Prince Ribbit, a smart new take on the classic frog-prince fairy tale that playfully challenges the notions of fact and fiction, logic and lore. Illustrator Poly Bernatene perfectly portrays the balance, integrating fanciful brocades and timeless castles with science texts, a bespectacled princess, and, of course, one affable amphibian, who may or may not be a prince awaiting true love’s kiss.
Pallas Gates McCorquodale, FOREWORD REVIEWS
A cleverly told twist of the traditional tale, this hilarious story is beautifully told and vibrantly illustrated.
Full of twists and turns, this cute new fairy tale pulls in elements from the classic frog prince without copying … Parents and teachers will want to read this aloud and talk about all the other ways this story and the original one could end. Kids could learn a lot about literature and about ways in which we gather facts. This book is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
Sue Poduska, 2ND GRADE READING
A truly entertaining twist on fairy tales, ideal for children aged 4 – 6 years …
This is a really enjoyable story and definitely worthy of the bedtime bookself.
"Prince Ribbit" by Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene takes the traditional fairy tale of "The Frog Prince" and bounces it firmly on its head a little, spinning it into a hugely funny and original twist on the story you probably all know and love. … Once again Jonathan and Poly prove themselves a dream team. If you loved "The Princess and the Pig" you're definitely going to love this ticklish tale about a Princess and a frog.
Phil May, READ IT, DADDY
Vibrant colours, brilliant caricatures, and a well told, up to date version of a famous fairy tale - brilliant!
Paul Norman, BOOKS MONTHLY
Author Jonathan Emmett and illustrator Polly Bernatene bring their own brands of magic to this spin on the classic Frog Prince fairy tale. The illustrations are vibrant, funny and full of dotty details.
Jill Bennett, RED READING HUB