Spells by Emily Gravett
The frog was bored. All he had to play with was an old book, shredded. He couldn't make it into a pirate ship, and he couldn't make it into a castle full of princesses. But... he could read it, and, as it was a book of spells, he could make interesting things happen with it. Emily Gravett's new book is clever on so many levels.
The story, first of all, is cute. The language is cute. The chimerical outcomes (Fabbit, Snewt, Bince), once the frog starts experimenting with fragments of spell text, are funny. And the split-page construction used to illustrate those chimeras not only squares the number of possible combinations, but also gives kids practice with word parts.
The art, done in Gravett's usual pencil and watercolor (plus glitter!), is characteristically winsome. Even cheeky, with the rabbits from Wolves showing up in some places as well as other attention-worthy details. And the princess wears pants!