Review: The Frog Princess Returns by E. D. Baker

The Frog Princess ReturnsThe Frog Princess Returns
E. D. Baker
Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Published June 6, 2017

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About The Frog Princess Returns
Two weeks after Emma’s birthday, Prince Eadric — having been turned from a frog into a human again — is still in Greater Greensward. One day, a beautiful princess named Adara arrives at the castle in Greater Greensward for a visit, claiming to be Emma’s distant cousin. But Adara has other motives that threaten Emma and Eadric’s blossoming romance.

Meanwhile, something is very wrong in Greater Greensward. Crops are dying, streams are drying up, and large sections of trees in the enchanted forest are withering — all because the Fairy Queen has disappeared. Without her, there is no peace in the magical kingdom, and dangerous foes threaten to take advantage of her absence. Only brave, tenacious Emma with her knowledge of the land can restore order . . . but first she must set out on a journey unlike any before.

My Review
Another fun, quick read. If you liked the earlier books in the series, you will love getting another dose of the silliness and spunk of Emma and Eadric as they seek to save Greater Greensward again and find the missing fairy queen.

I had to laugh at the bit of political humor. During the queen’s absence, three fairies begin campaigning to be the new fairy queen, and one promises to build a magical wall around the forest to keep humans out. Emma encourages the fairies to find ways to work together, but ultimately, she decides the fairy queen’s return would be the best solution.

I liked The Frog Princess Returns and think it makes a perfect summer read. Emma’s independence and her love for Eadric create a nice balance. While Emma’s a princess, she’s not one to sit around idly. While the story remains sweet and Emma a kindhearted person, she never wavers as she journeys to rescue her friends and fulfill her role as protector of her kingdom.

The Frog Princess Returns on AmazonRecommended for Ages 8 to 12.

Cultural Elements
Deets.

Profanity/Crude Language Content
None.

Romance/Sexual Content
Kisses between Emma and Eadric.

Spiritual Content
Emma herself is a witch, and in the course of the story she teams up with other witches to save her kingdom. Her magic usually involves chanting rhyming spells that control a magic carpet or change herself or others into animals at times of need.

Violent Content
This isn’t really violence, but it bordered on bullying, I thought. Emma’s family members decide to take it upon themselves to discourage Adara from staying around, so they sometimes play pranks on her. It’s more silly, uncomfortable things than anything else. For instance, at one point Adara has to be the judge of a stinky feet contest.

Drug Content
References to drinking wine. (The story has a medieval setting.)

The Frog Princess Returns on GoodreadsNote: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

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Kasey is a mother, reader and aspiring author. When she's not reading or writing, you might find her out on the water fly fishing, pretending she can keep houseplants alive, or talking with the family rescue cat.
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