I love a good fairy tale retelling especially one that adds new twists and is good fun to read. Frogged by Vivian Vande Velde does and is.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
One should be able to say of a princess “She was as good as she was beautiful,” according to The Art of Being a Princess
(third revised edition), which the almost-thirteen-year-old Princess
Imogene is supposed to be reading. Not feeling particularly good, or all
that beautiful, she heads for a nearby pond, where, unfortunately, a
talking frog tricks her into kissing him. No prince appears, as one
might expect. Instead, the princess turns into a frog herself! Thus
launches a funny, wonderfully spun fractured fairy tale in which Imogene
wonders if she will be forever frogified.
Now if you read the synopsis I know what your thinking: Another retelling of "The Frog Prince" where the girl turns into a frog post kiss. I know. I was thinking it to when I reached that part, but it's different. Trust me. She turns into a frog, but the boy-turned-frog does turn back into a boy. That is the tricky part of this curse. If someone kisses you the curse isn't broken, it passes on to them. Imogene isn't the sort of person who can pass on a curse though and so she has to figure out a way to undo it some other way. Thus starts an amusing adventure involving a cranky witch, a girl too willing to fall for a charming smile from a rogue, a couple charming rogues, an acting troupe, and some badly written iambic pentameter.
This book is so much fun. And it's a short quick read, perfect for an afternoon of good entertainment. This is a story that can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages too.
I read an e-galley made available via the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Frogged is on sale now.