The Legend of Frog by Guy Bass is a page turning fantasy sci fi novel with a particular appeal to boys aged from about seven to twelve.
I was given this book by the Amazon Vine programme in exchange for an honest review.
Frog is a prince, at least that’s what his human companion Buttercup has told him.
If they hadn’t had to go through the unfortunate apocalypse of The End of The World, then Frog would be ruler of the world by now. Frog can’t remember The End of the World, but Buttercup has described it to him in graphic detail. It sounded bad.
As it is, Frog and Buttercup live on a small island where his trusty sword, Basil Rathbone, is actually a stick, and the most exciting thing that happens to Frog all day is having to weed the vegetable patch. Frog hates the vegetable patch. It smells of burp.
Frog starts to write the adventure of his life, and realises that nothing has really happened so far, so he runs away from Buttercup to go to the far corners of the world and see if it really has ended.
What he finds surprises him greatly.
This is a very silly book, with a wonderful sense of humour, fantastic pace and verve and great characters. It uses the language of gaming, and farts, a lot, which will give it appeal to many small boys I know and whose literary needs I aim to cater for in the school library. I would be more than happy to stock this as a result. That’s not to say this wouldn’t appeal to girls too, especially if they enjoy talk of skilling up, and burping.
The book is a standalone adventure, but the back story has some interesting developments along the narrative, and is open ended enough to promise more adventures to come.