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The Secret of the Stone Frog    by David Nytra order for
Secret of the Stone Frog
by David Nytra
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)
* * *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Although aimed at children, The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates a good fantasy adventure and whimsical black-and-white artwork. It tells the story of two siblings who awake to find themselves in the middle of a forest rather than their bedroom. A stone frog tells them how to get home, but along the way, they get into a few scrapes with a myriad of creatures.

Nytra's illustrations call to mind Tenniel's illustrations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and this graphic novel does have a Wonderland-like quality to it. Although a simple story, The Secret of the Stone Frog has wonderful depth and the end is very open to interpretation, leaving me looking for at least one last panel. This is a book that can be enjoyed by both children and parents alike.

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