Brave Red, Smart Frog

A New Book of Old Tales

Written by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason

Jenkins tried to present old fairy tales in a new manner without appearing to be copying the Grimm Brothers. As a result, her stories lacked a personal element to engage the readers. She ensures that she presented the essential elements of the story without adding descriptive details. At the end of each story I felt like an important aspect of the story was missing. The only story I enjoyed was “The Three Great Noodles” because it is about looking past flaws in character and seeing the good in the person.

Review by LeeAnne Neilson, Hillside Elementary School Media Center
Rating: ★✩✩✩✩ (1 star)
Interest Level: 1st-3rd Grade

Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales
Written by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason
Candlewick Press
94 pages
Release Date: September 5, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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