The Frog Castle

Jostein Gaarder

“A web of stories within stories, it is written with charm, intelligence and humour.”

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 questionsSunday Times

An inventive yet outstandingly simple textTimes Educational Supplement

Exciting, funny and touchingOur Schools Magazine

A web of stories within stories, it is written with charm, intelligence and humourBooks Magazine

Entertaining, relentless fantasyThe Scotsman

A gem!” VG

Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • BengaliShoishab
  • Braz. PortugueseCompahnia das Letras
  • British EnglishOrion Books
  • CatalanEmpuries/Grup 62
  • Chinese (complex)Triumph Publishing
  • Chinese (simplified)Jieli
  • CzechEuromedia
  • DanishHøst & Søn
  • DutchFontein
  • FaroeseBokadeildin
  • GeorgianNectar
  • GermanCarl Hanser Verlag
  • ItalianSalani
  • JapaneseNHK-Publishing
  • KoreanHyonam
  • Kurdish (Sorani)Andesha Cultural Center
  • PersianHoupaa Books
  • PortuguesePresenca
  • RussianRaduga
  • SinghaleseVidarshana
  • SpanishSiruela
  • SwedishRaben & Sjögren
  • ThaiMatichon

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Additional info

  • Froskeslottet
  • 1988
  • Aschehoug Forlag
  • Children