Saturday, July 23, 2011
Book 67 - Cloaked
My sixty-seventh book was Cloaked by Alex Flinn. I loved Alex's book Beastly, so I decided to give this one a try. Unlike Beastly, which is based on Beauty and the Beast, this book is based on several lesser known fairy tales, including "The Frog Prince" (before Disney made The Princess and the Frog), "The Elves and the Shoemaker", and "The Salad", which sounds exceedingly strange. Johnny is a poor teenager, working in his mother's shoe repair shop. His best friend, Meg, works in the coffee shop next door, but even her family has more money than Johnny and his mother. One day, Johnny meets the princess of Aloria, Victorianna, who does nothing but drink and party. So, when Victorianna shows up, telling Johnny that she needs his help because her brother was turned into a frog, Johnny just thinks she's drunk again. But, as it soon becomes clear that she's serious, he just thinks she's crazy. But, when she gives him a magical cloak that can transport him anywhere he wishes, he has no choice but to believe her and set out in search of the missing frog. Armed with his cloak, an earpiece that will let him talk to animals that were once human, and the promise of a marriage with the princess if he succeeds, Johnny finds out that, what he really wanted all along, was right next to him the whole time.