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The frog prince, continued
Scieszka, Jon.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Pine Plains, N.Y. : Live Oak Media, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette (approximately 11 min.) analog, + 1 book ([32] pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm).
After the frog turns into a prince, he and the Princess do not live happily ever after and the Prince decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation.
General Note:
Published in Puffin Books, 1994
Reading Level:
AD 600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.7 2 Quiz: 04249 Guided reading level: K.


Format :
Sound Cassette

Sound Recording


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CASSETTE KIT 1352 Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince and they lived happily ever after... or "did they?" The Princess can't stand the Prince's froggy habits - the way he hops around on the furniture, or sneaks off to the lily pond. The Prince is unhappy, too, and decides that it would be best if he were changed back to a frog. But finding a witch who will do the job is harder than he expects. They all seem to have other spells in mind...

Author Notes

Jon Scieszka was born September 8, 1954 in Flint , Michigan. After he graduated from Culver Military Academy where he was a Lieutenant, he studied to be a doctor at Albion College. He changed career directions and attended Columbia University where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1980. Before he became a full time writer, Scieszka was a lifeguard, painted factories, houses, and apartments and also wrote for magazines. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years as a 1st grade assistant, a 2nd grade homeroom teacher, and a computer, math, science and history teacher in 3rd - 8th grade.

He decided to take off a year from teaching in order to work with Lane Smith, an illustrator, to develop ideas for children's books. His book, The Stinky Cheese Man received the 1994 Rhode Island Children's Book Award. Scieszka's Math Curse, illustrated by Lane Smith, was an American Library Association Notable Book in 1996; a Blue Ribbon Book from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books in 1995; and a Publisher's Weekly Best Children's Book in 1995. The Stinky Cheese Man received Georgia's 1997 Children's Choice Award and Wisconsin's The Golden Archer Award. Math Curse received Maine's Student Book Award, The Texas Bluebonnet Award and New Hampshire's The Great Stone Face Book Award in 1997. He was appointed the first National Ambassador for Young People's Literature by the Library of Congress in 2008. In 2014 his title, Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor made The New York Times Best Seller List. Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger made the list in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 6-9. We all know about the frog that kissed the princess, turned into a prince, and lived happily ever after--or so the story says. Scieszka, who last time ghosted for a Mr. A. Wolf in the True Story of the Three Little Pigs [BKL S 1 89], now turns to the former frog and his wife, living rather uneasily in the palace. It's difficult to say who's to blame for their marital discord. It's true that the prince is no longer an amphibian, but one doesn't just lose habits like hopping around the furniture. The princess is not pleased. Wondering whether he should return to being a frog, the prince sets out to find someone to change him back. He runs into several ladies, including Cinderella's fairy godmother who turns him into a carriage. When that enchantment ends, the prince makes up his mind, goes home, kisses his wife, and lo and behold, they're now both froggies. Though the ending is abrupt, there's so much funny stuff beforehand, it hardly matters. Johnson's artwork, just right for the tongue-in-cheek text, has a unique look. The pictures, featuring the pop-eyed prince and the grotesque harridans he meets up with, are marvelously droll, all dark hues and elongated shapes. A revisionist's delight. ~--Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Will Scieszka, who set the record straight in his bestselling The True Story of the Three Little Pigs , let the Frog Prince and the princess who kissed him live happily ever after? Well, maybe--but first the two must weather various marital difficulties. She hates the way he hops around on the furniture instead of slaying dragons, and he complains that she never likes to visit the pond anymore. The bug-eyed, long-tongued prince decides that he will be happy only if he becomes a frog once again, so he runs off in search of a witch to do the job. On the way, he encounters a trio of eccentric hags preoccupied with the plights of other fairy-tale characters, as well as a fairy godmother who is practicing turning various objects into carriages. Though their coloring is somewhat somber, Johnson's ( No Star Nights ; The Salamander Room ) stylized, sophisticated pictures add to the keen humor of this revisionist revelry. Ages 3-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-5-- As in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989), Scieszka offers another tongue-in-cheek ``rest of the story,'' telling what happens after the Princess kissed the frog. Readers won't be surprised to learn that they do not live ``happily ever after.'' In fact, they're downright miserable. He misses the pond; she's tired of him sticking out his tongue and hopping on the furniture. In desperation, the bug-eyed hero decides to find a witch who can turn him back into the happy frog he once was. Successfully surviving encounters with several sinister but dimwitted witches from other tales, he finally meets Cinderella's Fairy Godmother who tries to help, but the transformation is definitely NOT what he had in mind. As the clock strikes midnight, he returns to human form and hurries home to his beloved Princess where the tale ends unexpectedly, but indeed happily. Johnson's surreal illustrations are right on target for the offbeat story. Painted in deep, shadowy colors and expertly composed, they are filled with subtle and surprising humor that continually rewards viewers with laugh-out-loud visual treats. The overall design is clean and spacious, with figures and objects moving past the ragged borders of the pictures and across the pages, matching the verbal movement perfectly. Readers will relish the pleasure inherent in combining traditional fairy tale motifs with modern, everyday objects and actions. A winner.-- Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.