"The intricate flowerings and soulfully etched forest backgrounds of the art make the black-and-white pages sing as though they were drawn in a rainbow of colors…Nytra’s serene ending manages to be worthy of its glorious beginning…A beguiling experience that deserves multiple immersions."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"It could be a great way to introduce kids to the masterpieces of the past. Or you could just enjoy the book on its own merits. There are plenty of them."
--The New York Times
"A beautifully confident debut piece, exquisitely suited to black and white, evoking so much our children will be thrilled by, and so much we’ll recognize."
--Forbidden Planet International
"The Secret of the Stone Frog is a masterpiece."
--School Library Journal
"The Secret of the Stone Frog is filled with breathtaking landscapes and quiet moments that make you remember the wide-eyed wonder of seeing everything beautiful and dangerous for the very first time. Alice in Wonderland meets Winsor McCay!"
—Jeff Smith, author of BONE
"A fantastic adventure, this bittersweet chimera will leave you breathless."
10 Great Graphic Novels for Children
--New York Public Library
"Fans of the art of Tenniel and his modern descendants (Maurice Sendak, Charles Vess) will find much to admire in this U.S. debut."
"Winsor McKay was a comics pioneer whose early experimentation with the form nearly predated the form itself. McKay’s spirit, along with his dream-inspired imagery, lives on through Nytra, whose remarkable debut taps into the same unearthly environment with a similarly enchanting effect…The extraordinarily delicate and fine-lined art incorporates touches of manga aesthetic so that, like the story itself, it merges timeless narrative elements to craft something wonderfully innovative. TOON took a chance on a brand-new talent to create the first of their ever-so-slightly more mature graphic novel line and it’s paid off with a smashing success."
"This is truly a book worth discovering. Beautiful to the core."
—School Library Journal