The Odious Ogreby Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless. He terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the hapless
The author and the illustrator of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH--together again!
This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless. He terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the hapless citizens. Nothing can stop him. But then he takes a wrong turn and encounters a kind and friendly young lady who does her best to help him--with a surprising result.
Move over, Shrek, there's a new ogre in the picture-book section. This one is indeed odious—also violent, carnivorous and just generally unpleasant. He rampages through the countryside, terrorizing (and eating) the residents with impunity. Until, that is, he is utterly "confounded, overcome, and undone" by the unexpected kindness and friendly advice of a young woman who isn't cowed by his terrible reputation and repulsive appearance. Literally, if unintentionally, killed with kindness, once he turns up his toes the previously intimidated populace immediately downplays his malevolence and thus the girl's achievement. She doesn't care, though; she's too busy leading her life the way she thinks she should. Kids might not pick up on all of the philosophical overtones, but they're sure to enjoy Juster's rich wordplay and happily ridiculous story and Feiffer's wonderfully scratchy and energetic watercolors of the greedy ogre, the terrified townspeople and the utterly pleasant and otherwise unremarkable heroine. A delicious morsel with which to whet the palate for other works by these giants of children's literature. (Picture book. 6 & up)
Meet the Author
NORTON JUSTER is the author of the children’s classic THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH. His first picture book, THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW, illustrated by Chris Raschka, won the 2006 Caldecott Medal and was followed by a sequel, SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE.
JULES FEIFFER has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include THE MAN IN THE CEILING, I’M NOT BOBBY!, A ROOM WITH A ZOO, and BARK, GEORGE.
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I am always looking for good stories to read aloud. This one is for the 4th grade class and it's great.