The Frog CastleGaarder, Jostein: Froskeslottet
This is the story of Kristoffer Poffer and his exciting adventures in a faraway land somewhere beyond the arch of the sky. This meeting between two widely disparate worlds is set amid a remarkable assortment of red deckchairs, giant frogs, wily marshals, cousins from Norway's Telemark valley, gnomes and salamanders, and is presided over by the Frog King himself, who looks very much like Kristoffer's own late grandfather. Imbued as it is with both humour and wonder, the book plays delightfully with words and phrases; but it also deals with grief and yearnings in a warm and wise way.
Praise for The Frog Castle:
"A modern-day Alice in Wonderland for dreamy kids, full of intriguing thoughts and unanswered questions"
"An inventive yet outstandingly simple text"
(Times Educational Supplement)
"Exciting, funny and touching" (Our Schools Magazine)
"A web of stories within stories, it is written with charm, intelligence and humour"
"Entertaining, relentless fantasy" (The Scotsman)
Jostein Gaarder: Biography and bibliography
First published: 1988, Aschehoug Children and Young Adults
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