Review: Starting from an interesting and amusing premise, Cosentino’s Frogman follows 6th grader Alex as he turns into a human frog! With the power to jump incredible heights, stick to walls, and stretch his tongue long lengths, Alex has the ability to do good – just as long as his habit of eating bugs and need for moisture don’t get him caught!
This is an excellent book for young boys, age 7-12. Alex and is friends struggle with school bullies, grades, girls, pressure from parents and teachers, and doing what’s right when it’s hard. They react as young boys do, mostly, although Alex is a bit more self-aware than I remember being at that age. With a nice mix of sports, science, and gross humor (think eating bugs and spit pie), this will appeal to most young boys. There is nothing questionable about it, and would be perfectly safe for even the strictest parents.
Cosentino’s prose is good. Her secondary characters feel real, with actually personality, and not just props in a play. The plot is well-paced, with a good mix of action, adventure, tension, and mystery. Cosentino set’s up the series nicely and I’m intrigued to see where she takes the story. I highly recommend this for parents looking for good stories for young boys. There is a significant lack of stories like this and Cosentino’s work is a welcome book.
Note: I was recommended to the author by a friend to read and write a review. I downloaded a copy for free off Amazon.
Bookmarks: 7 of 10
Year Published: 2016
Date Finished: 4-17-2016