The Toll-Bridge Troll

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Every day after breakfast, Trigg gathers his books and kisses his mother good-bye. "Be careful of the troll," she says as Trigg sets off for school. Every day Trigg is greeted by an ugly troll who demands money to cross his bridge.

Trigg has an idea. "We'll ask a riddle," he suggests. If Trigg wins he can cross the bridge for free.

It works the first time, but the next day the toll-bridge troll again demands ...

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Overview

Every day after breakfast, Trigg gathers his books and kisses his mother good-bye. "Be careful of the troll," she says as Trigg sets off for school. Every day Trigg is greeted by an ugly troll who demands money to cross his bridge.

Trigg has an idea. "We'll ask a riddle," he suggests. If Trigg wins he can cross the bridge for free.

It works the first time, but the next day the toll-bridge troll again demands to be paid. Trigg can't ask a riddle every day. How will he trick the toll-bridge troll?

Author Patricia Rae Wolff uses humorous riddles in a charming story that is sure to delight and tickle readers. Kimberly Bulcken Root creates in beautiful pen and ink and watercolor a surprising and mysterious place for children, trolls, and laughter.

A troll tries to prevent Trigg from crossing the bridge on the way to school only to be outwitted by the boy's riddles.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A 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 Karr
In 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 Lieberman
Walking 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.
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"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152021054
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.08 (d)

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