The Tale of the Valiant Ninja Frog


Jamie and Abby help their father prepare a campfire story. They insist on a prince, a princess, a witch and a frog- a brave frog. It seems that the rotten meanie ogres have stolen all the ‘keys of the kingdom’ and thrown them to the bottom of a dungeon. Nobody in the kingdom can get into their homes or ‘start their horses’! Is it possible for the witch with the wicked wand to entrance the ogres? Perhaps a juggling horse can  help? Abby and Jamie are full of ideas. However, Abby is insistent that Barry, the frog will save the day.

Yet, if the prince and princess, horse and witch are discovered when a ‘clanging bell [rings] through the castle’ how might Barry help? It seems that the Grubber ogre catches the rescue party in his ‘huge, hairy fists!‘ Is this the moment for The Tale of the Valiant Ninja Frog to hop forward?

The witty, layered, progressive storytelling is funny, exciting and imaginative. It seems as though we can hear Dad, Jamie and Abby building their story. Thereafter, Jez Tuya’s pictures are comic book bright, witty and perfectly sequenced.

Bookwagon loves this engaging, imaginative and happy picture book. The Tale of the Valiant Ninja Frog is a delight!

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The Tale of the Valiant Ninja Frog

Alastair Chisholm, illustrated by Jez Tuya

(Walker Books)

Dad’s campfire story must have a prince, a princess, a witch and ‘Don’t forget the frog,‘ reminds Abby. Is it possible that Barry might be the hero of The Tale of the Valiant Ninja Frog? After all this is a tale that evolves from Dad’s imagining, involving ogres with breath of rotting broccoli, who have ‘stolen all the keys to the kingdom’. That means that the kingdom cannot ‘get into their homes‘ or ‘start their horses’! What might be done?
Could it be that a juggling horse might distract the ogres? Or perhaps a witch with a wicked wand could turn ‘the dungeon door into jelly’? Or might there be a need for more?
Perhaps the princess could throw her ‘grappling hook’ to manoeuvre herself in to the ‘bottom of the dungeon‘ to the ‘keys of the kingdom’. Thereafter, how might Barry help? Is it possible that his ninja skills will come in useful?
Alastair Chisholm‘s storytelling is imaginative, almost audible, exultant and imaginative. Thereafter, Jez Tuya’s pictures are Invincibles’ bright, full of purpose, sequence and drama!
Rather like Hibernation Hotel this is incident packed, yet the familial bond and excitement are almost palpable. Bookwagon loves The Tale of the Valiant Ninja Frog.


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