Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Queen of the Frogs
Title: The Queen of the Frogs
Author: Davide Cali
Illustrator: Marco Somà
Genre: Children's Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 fairies
Where to buy: Amazon
Synopsis: An enchanting modern fable
The frogs enjoy their life at the pond, filling their days with fly brunches and night music. But one day a little frog finds a crown at the bottom of the pond and is instantly pronounced a queen. She starts doing what queens do: making demands and expecting others to serve her. But when her royal subjects start to question her authority, she must prove she's fit to rule—if she can.
Reminiscent of Aesop's fables, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to start a discussion about the concept of leadership and the importance of humility.
About the Author: Davide Cali began writing for children in 2000 and has since published over sixty illustrated books. His work has been published in 25 countries, and he has won numerous awards, including the Baobab Prize in 2005 and a Bologna Ragazzi Special Award in 2006. He currently lives in Italy.
About the Illustrator: Marco Somà was born in Italy in 1983. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cuneo and is now a professor of illustration at the same academy. His artwork has been selected for exhibitions at the Bologna Book Fair, and in 2015 he recieved the Emanuele Luzzati Prize for the Italian edition of The Queen of the Frogs.
Review: Beautiful and imaginative illustrations accompany a story that is reminiscent of Aesop's fables without a summary moral at the end. A great story for kids, about how peer pressure and acting better than your equals can have negative consequences.