Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lost in Translation

So, I was ordering books for our Young Adult Spanish collection today and I came across this description of E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess. Seems this publisher used translation software rather than an actual bi-lingual person to try to convince librarians like me to buy this book. Bad idea with hilarious results:

"Emerald Princess is a rare: DUCKS and it looks like a donkey when laughs. One day you come across a frog speaker, said to be the prince of Montevista eadric Alta and asking him a kiss to undo the spell that made him a witch. Emerald is what gives, but...Is she who is transformed into a frog! Together they must go in search of the witch who spells to Eadric to get back to people."

That is an exact quote, punctuation and all. DUCKS!

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