Friday, 18 February 2011

Dead Frog On The Porch by Jan Markley

Frog Slime
Review by The Mole

Sisters Cyd and Jane are propelled into an international plot involving evil scientists and giant, genetically stretched frogs. Will the twins win this hilarious race to save the frog kingdom?

An admission first.... This was my first ebook and it proved quite an experience as we learned some of the technicalities and difficulties that it posed us. We are not Kindle owners nor do we have smart phones. Our ebook reading is done either on a shared laptop or a small, very limited capability, 'net browser' and actually reading a book on a screen was also quite an eye opener. I don't think it detracted from my enjoyment of the book though. We were asked if we could take it as an ebook and we felt it time we at least tried one. I would stress it is available in the UK from Amazon as a paperback.

It is described as suitable for 8-12 year olds but I would extend that to include 7 year olds although both my girls were early and avid readers.

The story is a light hearted, easily read, mystery involving the twins, Cyd and Jane, as they try to protect the frog kingdom from unscrupulous scientists. The humour will appeal to the younger reader and older reader alike and parents can be sure that they are in good hands when they come to read Jan's first novel. Thoroughly enjoyable although with two young heroines I can see some boys being put off but this would be totally unjustified. As the book gets towards the end the pace speeds up and it becomes more difficult to put down. Recommended for young readers.

Publisher - Gumboot Books
Genre - Children's Mystery

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  1. Great review! Thanks. Boy readers will be happy to know that Todd, who has a small role in Dead Frog on the Porch is in the second book Dead Bird thorough the Cat Door as a full on sidekick to the twin detectives.

  2. I know that Maryom is going to be reading 'Dead Bird thorough the Cat Door' as part of her 'round the world book challenge', when she travels to Canada. I look forward to her review and reading it when she gets back.