In A Few Of My Favourite Books I share some delightful books from my personal collection. The third book from my collection is The Frog Prince(ss) by Caroline Glicksman. Caroline understands visual storytelling so well that this single sheet folding concertina book is a masterclass in sequential illustration. Printed in a four-colour palette of green, yellow, purple and pink, the story plays with all our pre-conceived notions of fairy tales, family relationships and storytelling. Every page is a surprise and a delight. From the start, the book is a standard fairy tale, with its “Once upon a time…” opening line. We all know that this frog used to be a prince, because that’s what all our childhood stories told us, however, his statement “But life’s much better as a frog” instantly warns us that traditional fairytale tropes are going to be seriously subverted.
One of the joys of this book is in the details: the bride and groom both have frog tongues. The frong prince and princess have a pond full of tadpoles each of which have crowns upon their heads.
The Frog Prince(ss) was hand screenprinted in an edition of 85 copies in 1998. Mine is copy number 45.
Caroline Glicksman is an author and illustrator of children’s fiction. Her first picture book, Eric the Red was published by Random House Children’s Books in 2001 and was followed by the sequel Eric & the Red Planet in 2005. Caroline has also written and illustrated the Walker Books title Big Black Dog. Caroline has more recently collaborated with Simon Hutton, providing the black white line illustrations for Brilliant Billy’s Book of Dinosaurs and Brilliant Billy Does His Bit, both published by Andersen Press. Caroline is currently working on some new picture book ideas.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the third of A Few of My Favourite Books and the tiniest glimpse into my collection. Please feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts. Thank you.