Picture Books – Spells

Frog finds a book of spells. He wishes it were a book about pirates or a book about castles. But then he gets a fabulous idea: he’ll use the book of spells to turn himself into a prince. But the book of spells has been torn into pieces, and mixing and matching spell parts creates quite a havoc!

Emily Gravett’s illustrations are, as always, gorgeously done. The novelty of split pages that allow for a mix-and-match illustration will appeal to children. The haze of magical fog that surrounds the middle of each figure serves both to hide the questionable bits when the frog finally succeeds in his wish to be human as well as to obscure the transition area between the top and bottom of the various frankenstein creatures.

The story is cute, a mix of predictability and surprise that will appeal to children and adults as well.


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