Monday, May 13, 2013

An Army of Frogs by Trevor Pryce with Joel Naftali

He's an usual frog.  He's training hard to be a member of the Kulipari, but he can't be.  He has no poison and no extra powers that come with it.  He's just a wood frog despite his desire to be a warrior like his father was.  It's a good thing he was practicing though; he's going to need his skills.

Abrams Books sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It's the first book in a new series and is written for middle graders.  It has just been published, so check for a copy at your local bookstore.

I enjoyed this tale.  Sanford Greene is the illustrator and I found his graphics really added to the story.  The ARC has them in black and white, so you'll get a real treat when the 50 illustrations are in color!

Darel has always been a bit out-of-place in his village because he's continually patrolling and practicing to fight any intruders.  Amphibilands is protected by magic, and no one can get in.  At least that's what everyone thinks.

This is the traditional fight of good against evil with animals featured as the characters.  This reminded me a bit of the Redwall series and is written for a younger crowd.  The bad guys are scorpions and spiders.  The good guys are frogs and turtles.  This sets the scene for an epic battle.  The trouble begins when Darel gets captured by the enemy...

Happy reading.    

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