Mayer's Terrible Troll (Dial, 1968; o.p.) has been redone in full color, which gives the story new life and vitality. A little boy wishes he lived a thousand years ago so that he could be a squire to the bravest knight and encounter kings, queens, knights, dragons, and trolls. Funny details abound in every picture as he imagines polishing the knight's armor, sharpening his sword, and being rescued from a huge dragon. If a troll were terrorizing the countryside, the knight and his squire would fight him and the victor would emerge. It is then that the child decides he no longer wishes to live during this period. This fresh version of an old favorite should find a place in all picture-book collections.
Linda StaskusCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The Bravest Knightby Mercer Mayer
What kid hasn’t dreamed of living in fairy-tale timeshasn’t imagined himself as the bravest knight in all the land (or at/i>
I wish I lived a thousand years ago. There would be beautiful castles, kings and queens, good knights, bad knights, fair ladies in danger, evil dragons from the mountains, and a giant troll that roars and eats anything.
What kid hasn’t dreamed of living in fairy-tale timeshasn’t imagined himself as the bravest knight in all the land (or at least the knight’s faithful squire). As he has done in his celebrated There’s a Nightmare in My Closet and its follow-ups, Mercer Mayer brings childhood fantasy hilariously to life here. Bad knights are forced to pick flowers for the king, a day’s adventure involves rescuing a cat from a tree, and our hero boldly fights a fire-breathing dragon using his trusty slingshot.
This silly charmer, originally published in 1968 as Terrible Troll, has been entirely redone in vivid color. It’s a rediscovered gem with timeless appeal.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 8.30(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Mercer Mayer lives in New England.
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Since I read this to my son, and he saw the Errol Flynn movie The Adventures of Robin Hood, he has been taking me into the woods and around the neighborhood trying to seek adventure and good deeds to do. A great introduction for kids to King Arthur and Robin Hood, and for being good.
This is such a good book for little boys. Having said that, my 6 and 9 year old granddaughters love it too! A few of the troll pictures may be a bit scary for some little people; so making sure they understand it is a daydream is really important. This authors books are very good at helping children conquer some basic fears that they might have with lots of amazing pictures also!