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Children's Fiction Frogs & Toads

Kiss Me! I'm a Prince

I'm a Prince

by (author) Heather McLeod

illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Nov 2010
Frogs & Toads, General, Friendship
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2010
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 2


If you kiss me, I'll turn into a prince!" says the frog.

But Ella thinks that a talking frog is much more interesting than living like a princess in a castle. And during his stay with Ella and her family, Prince Frog discovers a world of fun beyond the castle gates.

About the authors

Heather McLeod is the co-owner of Makaria Farm and the cofounder of the successful community grain-growing project, Island Grains. She is a passionate believer in re-skilling and founder of the Renaissance Women, a group dedicated to personal empowerment through relearning basic skills. Heather has been published in Small Farm Canada, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and Room (of One's Own), and she writes a regular farming column for The Winnipeg Review.

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BROOKE KERRIGAN grew up surrounded by books and the love of art. Now she has illustrated more than a dozen books including Fishermen Through & Through, A Plan for Pops and the Blue Spruce Award Honour Books The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain and Kiss Me! I’m a Prince.


Her fun and whimsical illustrations are created in watercolour, gouache, pencil crayon and collage. Born and raised in Toronto, she now splits her time between Tiny, Ontario and a little town in the French Alps called Chamonix. Visit her at


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Editorial Reviews

"If you want your kids to love stories, to love reading, buy them this book! It is magical and funny and vividly illustrated. . . and like all the best children's stories is deep down subversive. The world of children's literature (and children themselves) will very soon be rolling out the red carpet for a frog, a prince, and an enchanting little girl named Ella. And for the genius of their creator, Heather McLeod."
Charles Wilkins (reviewer, professor of Creative Writing at Lakehead University and the University of Manitoba)

"The pictures are fairly simple but they compliment the story well. I love how the frog pops up in every picture, even if he isn't directly involved in the story. And the expressions on Ella's face as she imagines what her life would be like as a princess are priceless. So all in all, a great book in my adult opinion."
Kate's Bookcase

"A charming tale of friendship and the importance of child's play."
The Calgary Herald

Librarian Reviews

Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince)

A talking frog, a fun-loving, action-oriented young girl and an age-old storyline make Kiss Me! (I’m A Prince) by Heather McLeod an undisputed “best book” for children from age three to adult. With brilliant writing and humour, McLeod indicates that the promise of becoming a princess holds no appeal for our heroine, Ella. Dressed by illustrator Brooke Kerrigan in baggy purple sweatpants and T-shirt and wearing a reversed red baseball cap, Ella would much rather be playing basketball than dress-up.

Despite every promise of an enchanted lifestyle, the poor frog prince cannot make Ella kiss him. Quite simply, Ella would rather enjoy hopscotch or swimming and, in a delightful twist in the tale, the frog (prince) joins her. There is mutual disappointment (Ella likes having a “talking frog”) when he is returned, perched on a cushion, to his family’s castle. Ella is not sure she will ever see her frog again. Once home, kissing anyone and everyone, he learns true friendship must prevail — so he returns to Ella and remonstrates that only as a boy can he and Ella share riches that bring more satisfaction than princely finery.

Kerrigan’s watercolour endpapers are part of the storyline. They set the locale beautifully, beginning with “Once upon a time…” and ending with a slightly altered scene in which…“they played happily ever after.”

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2011. Volume 34 No. 3.

Kiss Me! (I’m a Prince!)

In this unconventional fairy tale Ella finds a frog who wants to be kissed so he can be turned back into a prince. But when the frog tells her what it’s like to be a prince or princess, Ella thinks it sounds rather boring and shows him how to have fun. But only a true friend can turn him back into a boy. Will Ella kiss the frog or not?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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