Saturday, 8 February 2014
Review: The Legend of Frog by Guy Bass
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Released: February 3rd, 2014
Prince Frog is convinced he's destined to rule the world ...the trouble is, the world has ended. Undeterred, Frog sets out to claim his crown, armed with nothing more than a pair of Catastrophe Pants and his trusty stick, Basil Rathbone. But Frog soon realizes that the world isn't quite as ended as he thought. He discovers a magical kingdom, filled with wild landscapes, strange creatures ...and a princess sitting on his throne. Together with his new friend, Sheriff Explosion the sheep, Frog seeks to prove his princeliness and escape the clutches of the princess who's sure he'd make a better pet than a prince. But just when Frog thinks things can't get any worse, he discovers he is actually the prince of an invading alien army and that he's just given the go-ahead for an all-out alien invasion. Can he and the princess put aside their differences long enough to save the kingdom - and the world? It's time for Frog to decide whether to be a prince or a hero?
The Legend of Frog marks the start of a new series for Guy Bass, author of the fantastic Stitch Head series. It's about a frog who's a prince, who travels to the end of the world in order to claim his royal throne. He rides a sheep, makes friends with a princess and finds lots of uses for his trusty stick-weapon called Basil Rathbone.
This book is completely crazy from page one, and starts as it means to go on! Truthfully, I thought it would be funnier, and more endearing like the Stitch Head books. I didn't like the characters as much this time around, though obviously Frog is super cool and I'm quite fond of his sheep-turned-steed. There's lots of action too, non-stop action really, which means there's never a dull moment!
There are lots of great illustrations throughout The Legend of Frog, all which compliment the text and make certain scenarios easier to imagine. I particularly like the image of a frog riding a Rarewolf - so brilliant! This is a fast, enjoyable start to a new series that I think will get better with each book. I'm intrigued enough to read on, and I hope Frog and Co. have another exciting adventure up their sleeves. We'll find out when Frog the Barbarian is published in summer 2014!