A fierce troll challenges a smart boy in a book filled with funny riddles and rebus-like drawings.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA boy and a young troll face off in a series of humorous encounters. "The visual eccentricities help the reader believe in the fantastical world so deftly created here," said PW in a starred review. Ages 3-7. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Kathleen KarrIn this clever variant of troll and three-billy-goats-gruff stories, young Trigg must learn to outsmart a bridge troll in order to get to school each day. The resident troll is rather dim, but even Trigg's stock of riddles and ruses cannot last forever. Mothers will applaud the solution, children will root for the ingenious Trigg, and all should enjoy the evocative watercolors.
Children's Literature - Jan LiebermanWalking to school can be hazardous if the local troll won't let you cross his bridge without exacting a fee. Clever Trigg, 6, fools the Troll with a riddle and succeeds in crossing safely the first day but will it work tomorrow or the days after? This story is a tickler with a familiar folktale motif of the small one outwitting the bigger one by using riddles silly enough to bring on the giggles. The delightful ending proves that learning can be contagious. Root's troll emotes with style without being scary. The illustrations provide a clean open look to each page which allows the reader to focus on the 2 protagonists.
Leone McDermottA classic fairy-tale scenario is updated here. Trigg is a modern little boy in blue jeans and sneakers. But his path to school every day takes him over a bridge possessed by an old-fashioned troll. When the troll demands the customary toll, Trigg decides to outwit him by using riddles. Wolff's text is fluid and playful and filled with riddles that will be familiar to readers. Root's attractive pen-and-watercolor paintings gracefully blend quaint and contemporary elements in an oversize format. A fun choice; kids will enjoy knowing the jokes and laugh when the troll decides to join Trigg at school so he can become smart, too.
From the Publisher
"The swift, puckish story and its plucky hero will appeal tremendously, especially to the many children inspired to play toll-bridge by The Three Billy Goats Gruff.—Publishers Weekly
"A tale that's sure to leave imaginative youngsters glancing behind trees and under bushes on their way home from school!"—School Library Journal
"A fun choice."—Booklist
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