Reviews for Jimmy, the Pickpocket of the Palace


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995
A spell cast by an evil hag, coupled with a princess's kiss, transforms Jimmy, a young frog, into a boy. Jimmy looks for a magic ring that will save his family's pond from the warped designs of the hag and discovers that his missing father, Pin, is actually an enchanted prince-turned-frog-turned-prince-again. The engaging sequel to [cf2]The Prince of the Pond[cf1] (Dutton) has a poignant ending. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1995 May
~ In this sequel to the charming Prince of the Pond (1992), Jimmy, frog-son of the frog prince, must save the pond from the evil Hag, who is working on a spell to dry it up so she can find her lost magic ring. In the process, Jimmy finds himself turned into a human boy, a condition not at all to his liking. He is put to work in the palace, alternately aided and hindered by the tempestuous princess Sally. There he meets the fascinating prince; he is sympathetic, seems to know an awful lot about frogs, and may know something about Jimmy's missing father. Told in the first person by Jimmy, this enchanting story has a gentle, offbeat humor, much of which stems from Jimmy's retention of froggy characteristics while he is a boy. It also lends the proceedings an ineffable sweetness perfectly complemented by Schachner's b&w illustrations. With enough action, suspense, and humor for younger readers, this successful successor is certain to satisfy old fans and win new friends for the frog prince and his brood. (Fiction. 7-10) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1995 June #2
Napoli picks up where she left off in The Prince of the Pond, in which a prince turned frog regains his royal corpus only after starting a large and loving frog family. The star of this new adventure is Jimmy, the prince's frog son, who attempts to save the pond from a witch's wicked machinations. His mission leads him to a nearby palace, where an encounter with an ill-tempered princess transforms him into a human boy (being told to stand up, Jimmy confides, ``Slowly I straightened my legs. Standing was so strange. Even with my human body, I didn't see why people did it''). Misunderstandings pile up in this lighthearted romp, only to be swept away with comic legerdemain. The bittersweet undertones of the first novel (and of Napoli's even more memorable The Magic Circle) are replaced by broad humor and almost slapstick sequences. Sure to amuse the target audience. Ages 7-10. (May) Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 June
Gr 3-6?Pin, the Prince of the Pond (Dutton, 1992), left his frog family unintentionally in Napoli's first amphibious plunge when he was kissed by Marissa, a princess. Now his venturesome son Jimmy leaves home to find the magic ring that will save the family pond from the curse of their old nemesis, the hag. As he hops into the palace, he is captured by the hapless princess Sally, Marissa's preteen sister. When Sally kisses his wounded leg, Jimmy finds himself in unsteady human form. The kindest of the palace inhabitants is Marissa's husband-to-be, a prince whose unusual empathy with frogs includes a taste for bugs. Jimmy must betray this friend to steal the magic ring from his pocket. Of course, the prince is Pin, who faces a bittersweet choice between his human and frog lives and loves. Napoli balances the comic possibilities of Jimmy's struggles with his human form with his deeper feeings of loyalty, courage, and honor. In an echo of his father's plight, he has two female admirers?Gracie, a frog, and Sally, whose rough handling spells doom for all pets. The ultimate strength of the book lies in Napoli's rich descriptive powers that include a respect for biological accuracy. Schachner's black-and-white illustrations enhance especially the transformation from frightened frog to goggle-eyed boy. This sequel is as engaging and unpredictable as its predecessor.?Sally Margolis, Deerfield Public Library, IL

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