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The Secret of the Stone Frog

A Toon Graphic Novel

Nytra, David

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Secret of the Stone Frog
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Siblings Leah and Alan wake one morning in the middle of an enchanted forest and encounter a strange and spectacular world filled with foppish lions, giant rabbits, and a talking stone frog for a guide.

Publisher: New York : Toon Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781935179184
1935179187
Characteristics: 80 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.

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Jul 23, 2013

"After going to bed as usual and then waking up in an enchanted forest, Leah and her younger brother Alan must rely on the advice of strange creatures, including a talking statue of a frog, to survive and to find their way back home. While this fantastical adventure may remind you of some others, especially Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Leah and Alan's journey is a "surprising, and visually stunning" (School Library Journal) one with detailed, highly imaginative artwork, fascinating characters, and a mesmerizing imaginary world." January 2013 Kids' Books Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=594050 and July 2013 Kids' Books Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=659075

Oct 25, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nytra's drawing skills exceed his narrating skills. It was very nice to look at but only mildly interesting storywise, and rather derivative too.

Jul 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For all its fun and beauty, the trick to this book will be getting kids to start reading it in the first place. For the true graphic novel diehards this shouldn’t be a challenge, and for emerging readers a simple nudge might be enough. It’s those color-centric kids that will prove the hardest to engage. The ones who eschew The Arrival and even Raina Telgemeier’s Baby-Sitters Club series for brighter fare. Get them interested and you’ll have them proclaiming the greatness of the book to their friends free of charge. And honestly, this is truly a book worth discovering. Beautiful to the core.

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Jul 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 11

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Jul 23, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In the dark of a gentle forest Leah and Alan wake to find themselves in their beds but very far from home. They immediately make the acquaintance of a helpful, if somewhat maniacal looking, stone frog who points them on the path home. Yet paths are meant to be strayed from and along their travels the kids meet everyone from well-to-do lions to giant rabbits to fish men to a bee woman. Getting home requires finding the frogs, but it also requires one to be smart and resourceful. Fortunately for Alan and Leah, they are precisely that.

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