Prince Ribbit

by Jonathan Emmett
Illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Enchanted prince or just a plain old frog? Pucker up, princesses! There’s only one way to find out . . .
Price: $16.95
  • ISBN: 9781561457618
  • Publication date: 03/01/2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Size: 9-1/4" x 11-3/4"
  • Age Range: 3-7


Enchanted prince or just a plain old frog? Pucker up, princesses! There’s only one way to find out . . .

Fairy tales are just stories—or so Princess Martha believes. But when her sisters meet a talking frog, they’re convinced that giving him the royal treatment will turn him into Prince Charming. After all, that’s what happens in their story books. Martha isn’t so sure. The more she sees of Prince Ribbit, the more suspicious she becomes. Armed with the facts, Martha sets out to expose Prince Ribbit and prove to her sisters that “just because it’s in a book doesn’t mean it’s true.” But before “The End,” Princess Martha might just learn that lesson for herself!

Jonathan Emmett’s clever twist on the “The Frog Prince” pits a spunky, bespectacled princess against a sly amphibian to teach a charming lesson on the pitfalls of trusting everything you read.


Jonathan Emmett


Jonathan Emmett, in addition to writing picture books, also writes and paperengineers pop-up books. He is the author of several books, including The Princess and the Pig, also illustrator Poly Bernatene. He lives in England.

Poly Bernatene


Poly Bernatene is a visiting professor at Buenos Aires School of Fine Art. He has worked in advertising, animation, and comics, and has illustrated over sixty children’s books. He lives in Argentina.


“A delightful story to pair with the original fairy tale and an excellent way to begin a discussion about factual books versus fiction.” ―School Library Connection

“Readers will take away a universally appealing lesson: it’s fun to be clever.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A good-natured tale, glamorous enough to satisfy hardcore princess fans and nuanced enough for those who like a little depth in their fairy tales.” —Booklist

Rich color and patterns reminiscent of tapestry or lace grace the digital cartoon art… [The ending] perfectly suits the story’s repeated admonition… [an] entertaining read-aloud.” —School Library Journal

“A smart new take on the classic frog-prince fairy tale that playfully challenges the notions of fact and fiction, logic and lore.” ―Foreword Reviews


Sunshine State Young Readers’ Award Jr. (Master List) ―FAME, 2018-2019

Magnolia Book Award (Short List, Grades Pre-K – 2) ―Mississippi Children’s Museum / MDE / MLA / MLC / USM, 2019

Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Grades K-2) ―Kentucky Association of School Librarians, 2018-2019

Storytelling World Resource Awards (Stories for Young Listeners) ―Storytelling World magazine, 2019

Treasure State Award (Nominee) ―Montana State Reading Council, 2019


Resources: Activity Sheets

Activity Sheets

More Details

AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL M, Gr 2, Genre TL
Lexile: AD760L
Themes: Fractured Fairy Tales, The Frog Prince, Frogs, Humor, Siblings, Trust
BISAC 1: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
BISAC 2: JUV002120 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Frogs & Toads
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

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