There’s one thing that Max really wants to do, and that’s to become a wizard. He’s pretty sure he has what it takes, but first he has to convince his father. If Sir Bertram has his way, Max will become a sword-yielding knight instead.
Frogspell, a fun little read by C.J. Busby, takes young readers into the world of Camelot. The plot starts rolling right away, as Max plans to show his father that he’s meant to be a wizard. He’s going to come up with a brilliant spell and win the Young Novice’s Spell-Making Competition; and then his father will realize his true calling. But when Max accidentally turns himself, his sister and his pet rat into frogs, he’s not sure how it’s going to turn out.
If this isn’t entertaining enough, things get even more complicated when Max and his sister Olivia stumble into a villainous scheme to kidnap the prince and to topple King Arthur from power. Can Max help Merlin fight an evil sorceress and save the kingdom?
Frogspell is a lively potion of adventure, misadventure and humour. The characters are immensely likeable, the spells gone awry are funny, and who doesn’t love the satisfaction of foiling an evil plot?
We added Frogspell to our home library when my daughter was in second grade. She had been devouring the Rainbow Magic fairy books, and this was a perfect transition into a magic-filled series with a more complex story. There are three other books after the first installment, as Max commences his wizardry training and Olivia trains to be a squire. This was a favourite on our bookshelf for years.
Two kids, two cats, and a house full of books. We share our favourite picks for young readers.