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Monday, 11 May 2015

Review: Sir Lilypad

Sir Lilypad: A Tall Tale of a Small Frog is the story of what happens when a “teeny-tiny speckled frog” has big dreams and sets out to accomplish them.

Although his brothers call him Little Tad, the tiny frog wants to be a knight in shining armour called Sir Lilypad! He wishes he wasn’t so small and imagines being big and brave, fighting dragonflies and saving princesses in distress, but no one takes him seriously.

One day after reading a story about the frog prince, Sir Lilypad has an idea. If he can find and save a princess, he will grow bigger. On his adventure, Sir Lilypad crosses paths with all kinds of characters, from a wizard to an ogre, before finally finding his princess in the company of a dragon. However, life is never simple - his princess doesn’t need saving!

But never fear! There is a solution found, and a happy ending, and Sir Lilypad is able to return home with exciting tales to tell.

Sir Lilypad: A Tall Tale of a Small Frog is told in a fun rhyming style (“By now Sir Lily had a stitch. His chainmail pants began to itch.”), and the whimsical illustrations are befitting the fairytale-like story (I particularly liked the frog holding tight to both his sword and a fish’s fin as the fish leapt out of the water so he could chase dragonflies).

Sir Lilypad, clad in his helmet and always holding his sword tightly, is an endearing character, and his story is sure to stir the imaginations of its readers.

Title: Sir Lilypad: A Tall Tale of a Small Frog
Author: Anna Kemp
Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: April 2015
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780857075147
For ages: 4-8
Type: Picture book

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