Garth Nix

Allen & Unwin
22 February 2017


Garth Nix

A rollicking fantasy-adventure by the master of children’s speculative fiction.

Talking dogs. Mischievous wizards. An evil stepstepfather. Loads and loads of toads. Such is the life of a Frogkisser.

Princess Anya needs to see a wizard about a frog. It’s not her frog, it’s her sister’s. And it’s not a frog, it’s actually a prince. A prince who was once in love with Anya’s sister, but has now been turned into a frog by their evil stepstepfather. And Anya has made a ‘sister promise’ that she will find a way to return Prince Denholm to human form…

So begins an exciting, hilarious, irreverent quest through the Kingdom of Trallonia and out the other side, in a fantastical tale for all ages, full of laughs and danger, surprises and delights, and an immense population of frogs.


Let me declare up front: I think Garth Nix is a genius who writes wonderful fantasy stories with exceptionally strong and feisty female protagonists, so Frogkisser! is everything I’ve come to expect – and much, much more. It’s hilarious!

An old kingdom in peril, an evil sorcerer determined to kill the princesses and become ruler; princes turned into frogs, wise and adorable dogs who speak, a mischievous but lovable wizard and a reluctant princess on a quest to save the kingdom – Frogkisser! has it all.

Our reluctant hero, the Princess Anya, is a plucky character, persistent and tenacious, and she and her outlandish band of protectors and followers courageously (and creatively) face danger at every turn, pursued by the evil creations of the dastardly sorcerer.

For all its irreverent humour, this is an astonishing tale of real depth; in her quest to save the kingdom and its people our hero finds self-enlightenment.

This charming, cheeky story skilfully draws from a number of sources to create a magical blend of fairy tale, fantasy and hilarity in the tradition of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.

For readers who love fantasy and especially lovers of Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett this is such a treat. Highly recommended for age 12 to adult.

Athina Clarke

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