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Davey’s Blue-eyed Frog

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Davey’s Blue-Eyed Frog

Written by Patricia Harrison Easton
Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
Clarion Books, 2003
Chapter Book, 92 pages
Ages 6–11

Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-618-18185-8

Awards & Good Things

  • Winner of the 2006 Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award
  • A Texas Library Association Pick of the Decade
  • A New Jersey Library Association Pick of the Decade
  • NYSRA Charlotte Award Committee’s Reading List

Book Description

Davey doesn’t believe in spells and fairy tales—until the day a strange blue-eyed frog named Amelia turns up in his pond. Amelia is really a princess, and in order to break the spell she’s under, she needs a kiss before two cycles of the moon pass. It looks as though Davey is the only boy who can help her. But he doesn’t want to kiss the frog until he’s had a chance to show her off to his friends. Can the princess convince Davey to do the right thing, or is she doomed to stay a frog forever?

Davey's Blue-eyed Frog (sketch)
Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award


“Terrific tale…pencil illustrations add to the charm and comedy of this romp through the pond.”

Crescent Blues Book Views

“Delightful chaos ensues, hilariously depicted by Wohnoutka’s black and white illustrations. Perfect for reluctant readers, this fast-paced chapter book is filled with humor, action and true-blue friendship.”

Children’s Book Council

“Modern spin on a traditional tale. This story will charm its readers, and the pencil drawings add to the fun. There is a lot of funny, snappy dialogue, and the spot and full-page black-and-white drawings are equally engaging. A strong selection for early chapter-book readers.”

School Library Journal

“… pencil illustrations keep the story hopping along.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Full of humor, the story still deals with the moral dilemma of being accepted by your peers or doing the right thing.”

Children’s Literature

“Davey’s struggle with his conscience is surprisingly complex, and the humor is enhanced by amusing pencil drawings.”

The Horn Book

“Wohnoutka’s illustrations, sympathetic and often amusing depictions of the characters, enhance the story’s child appeal. For children reading short, illustrated chapter books, this light fantasy provides good fun.”