- Title: A Shirtful of Frogs
- Author: Shalini Boland
- ISBN: 9780956998545
- Page: 103
- Format: Paperback
The life of a WWII evacuee collides with the world of a boy from the present day, in this timeslip adventure As WWII breaks out, six year old Jimmy Sweeney is evacuated from London to the country He is now an outcast, bullied by the local kids and mistreated by the awful Mrs Cribbins One night a stranger appears in his room A tall clean boy who brings him wonderful fooThe life of a WWII evacuee collides with the world of a boy from the present day, in this timeslip adventure As WWII breaks out, six year old Jimmy Sweeney is evacuated from London to the country He is now an outcast, bullied by the local kids and mistreated by the awful Mrs Cribbins One night a stranger appears in his room A tall clean boy who brings him wonderful food and other amazing things They become friends which is good because pretty soon Jimmy is going to need a friend His life may depend upon it Praise for A Shirtful of Frogs While this novel is classified for children, I think it has a lot of cross over appeal it reminds me of how The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe started Tawn Anderson, Author of Providence This is the type of book that you ll find yourself going back to, reading over and over, far into the night Really, I can t say enough good things C.S Einfeld, Author of Neverdark A Shirtful of Frogs is suitable for ages 10
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This book deserves to be bought as a real book rather than an ebook. It now sits on my shelf along with other special books. I very much enjoyed it - Jimmy's story and Nathan's story, how they found each other and how they helped each other. Beautifully written. I loved Jimmy's courage, especially, the story of the frogs, the story of the revenge on the bully. Whole-heartedly, this one is 5 stars.
1940 - Twins Jimmy and Patrick Sweeney, 6, have the idea of selling the frogs they have caught to the other kids in their East End, London neighborhood, but as the war continues, evacuation to the country with 3 other of their 11 siblings puts end to their frog enterprise. Unfortunately, when they reach the village they are evacuated to, Jimmy and Patrick are taken by separate families, as are siblings Jeanie, Irene and Bobby. It is Mrs. Cribbins who takes Jimmy and she doesn't seem very nice ri [...]
A Shirtful of Frogs is a truly remarkable story, based on true events (to an extent!)It is a beautiful tale of an unlikely friendship, shared by two boys, separated by 70 odd years but thrown together in time; Jimmy is a 6 year old boy, evacuated to the countryside from the London Blitz in World War 2 and Nathan is a 12 year old modern boy, in love with his skateboard and forcibly uprooted to a new home by his father starting a new job. Somehow, inexplicably, a time rift is created in the attic [...]
Shalini Boland has done it again! What a wonderful tale for children. A Shirtful of Frogs is unlike anything I've ever read and it was an utter delight. I would imagine that children of any age would love this book.As is always the case with Shalini's stories, I was completely sucked into the pages. I honestly felt like I'd been transported back in time to the era of Second World War every time I opened the pages (well, the Kindle!) and I really felt for poor little Jimmy. I wanted to give those [...]
OooOOOooh! I really love this book. Shalini's voice is addictive! This is the type of book that you'll find yourself going back to, reading over and over, far into the night. Really, I can't say enough good things!
Straight away we’re into the action. It’s 1940 and twins Patrick and Jimmy are causing mayhem on the bus. Passengers think the boys have been scrumping but when Jimmy opens his shirt a couple of frogs escape! Next, the reader gets to meet 12 year old Nathan in 2012 as he’s moving out of London and in to the country. This is followed by a rather traumatic bombing in 1940 and Jimmy’s mother making the decision for all her children to be evacuated to the country. The first night Nathan is i [...]
I find it ironic that the first book I read by Shalini Boland was entitled a shirt full of frogs because it was in fact "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" that brought Mark Twain to the national spotlight.Shalini brings that same mastery of language to the fore in this wonderful fantasy about a gateway between two very different times and the experiences of childhood that remain the same across time and culture.Like a number of emerging authors I am anxious to get my hands on a fu [...]
3.5 - not a bad book and I'd probably recommend it.I have a small, exclusive shelf on GR called "Six star" - which is my shelf for the best of the best books I have ever read. Unfortunately, after reading a "six star" book, the next book I read doesn't live up. The last book I read, The Kite Runner, was definitely a six star book - the plot and writing were brilliant, character development was superb, and the messages and themes were beautiful. Granted, A Shirtful of Frogs is a children's book, [...]
The author weaves a beautiful story of two unlikely friends worlds apart. Brought together by some magical force two timelines merge and brings Jimmy his own version of a guardian angel just in time for his life to take a dark twist. His life may depend on the unfettered kindness of an innocent boy. I was very pleased with the story. Thanks to Good reads first reads I had yet another opportunity to read a novel I would not normally pickup off the shelf on my own. Though its written through the e [...]
I loved this, a well crafted story that so reminded me of some of the wonderful stories I read as a young teenager of wartime Britain from a child's perspective. The timeslip element works extremely well and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. The narrative is well told and absorbing, and the dialogue flows realistically. A great title too.What makes this story so interesting is that the author has chosen to base the main wartime character, Jimmy, and his treatment on the real life experience [...]
Shalini Boland has a natural gift for story-telling; her voice is vivid, alive and infectious; her narrative has drive and impetus, making it hard to put down. WWII evacuation left its mark on a whole generation; some had it good, many did not. The twist in the tale here is how Nathan from the present is drawn into Jimmy’s world from the past – while there is terror, drama and darkness, there is also humour and impishness, reaching a highly satisfying, well-thought out climax without ever cl [...]
Shalini pens a captivating story that will keep you intrigued till the end. This book is originally classified for children ages 10+, but I found it would pleasing to adults also. A must read for all ages 10+!!This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Wow! what an amazing book. I think I felt every emotion possible reading this. Jimmy is such a spit fire, and Nathan is very protective and loving. And lets not get started on the horrible old hag.I have so much I would like to say about the book but don't want to ruin it for anyone.This is a must READ!!
Fantastic use of true eventsThe way Shalini has written about the true events of someone in her life, minus Nathan of course, is fantastic. The story was really interesting to read
There is obviously something wrong with me because I really did not enjoy this book. I found it to be extremely depressing.
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