Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children [NOOK Book]

Overview

These are the first three stories of the Tollins. Yes, they do have wings, but no, they aren't fairies. Tollins are a lot less fragile than fairies. In fact, the word fragile can't really be used to describe them at all. They are about as fragile as a house brick.

In "How to Blow Up Tollins" a fireworks factory comes to the village of Chorleywood and the Tollins find themselves being used as industrial supplies. Being blasted into the night sky or spun round on a Catherine wheel...

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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children

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Overview

These are the first three stories of the Tollins. Yes, they do have wings, but no, they aren't fairies. Tollins are a lot less fragile than fairies. In fact, the word fragile can't really be used to describe them at all. They are about as fragile as a house brick.

In "How to Blow Up Tollins" a fireworks factory comes to the village of Chorleywood and the Tollins find themselves being used as industrial supplies. Being blasted into the night sky or spun round on a Catherine wheel is nowhere near a much fun as it sounds. It's up to one young Tollin to save his people from becoming an ingredient.

In "Sparkler and the Purple Death" our hero looks execution in the face. Luckily, the executioner's mask in backwards.

Finally, in "Windbags and Dark Tollins" Tollin society faces a threat from the Dorset countryside, which, again, is much more frightening and nail-bitingly dramatic than it actually sounds.

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Have no fear: Notwithstanding its subtitle, this book by the author of The Dangerous Book for Boys contains no volatile materials. Instead, Conn Iggulden has gathered a generous collection of scintillating tales about the realm of Fairies. Like his previous books, Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children reopens portals we thought we left behind.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—In three stories, each divided into short chapters, Iggulden introduces Tollins, winged creatures that resemble fairies but are bigger and tougher, and live at the bottom of people's gardens. Humans can't see them without special blue glasses. Each tale features Sparkler, a Tollin of "great promise and wondrous brain," whose curiosity prompts him to learn from human books and enables him to solve his community's problems. When, in "How to Blow Up Tollins," workers at the local fireworks factory discover that using Tollins as rocket ammunition produces a shower of blue sparks and begin collecting them in jars, Sparkler devises an alternate fuel that generates similar results. Next, he faces execution for consorting with humans but entices the High Tollin to spare him by offering a cure for the leader's gout. Finally, Sparkler saves the Tollins' tunnels from flooding and his people from becoming the slaves of their dark molelike cousins from Dorset. In an attempt at humor, the writing is sometimes a bit over-the-top, as when guards train with a manual called "A Rough Guide to Guarding," and it may be difficult to root for the freedom of Tollins who use fairies "to wipe out the insides of cups" or blow their noses. But the humorous full-page illustrations that open each chapter, the maps, and the many vignettes throughout bring these creatures to life, and with several clever videos on YouTube and a savethetollins.com Web site, they are sure to have many followers.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
The illustrations alone are worth the price of this book. The illustrator brought a style and wit to the various pages that not only enhanced the very engagingly silly stories but added value to the reading. This is a collection of stories about "Tollins" who are not fairies, according to the beginning of the book, but are very mischievous little beings that seem to often be in the wrong place at the right time. The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and are actually three chapter stories within the space of a book. These would work well as a read-aloud and each of the stories, as the title implies, are about Tollins helping something happen, often by accident. The bottom line for us humans is, if it had not been for Tollins, we would not have been perceived as being quite as creative as history reports. Thanks to them we have fireworks, understand gravity, and realize the ability of hot air balloons to fly. Maybe you have Tollins in your bag...have you checked lately? Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062106384
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 34 MB
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Meet the Author

Conn Iggulden

Despite finding time to write historical novels and The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn Iggulden is in some ways better known as a trainer of Tollins. His Tollin troupe, Small and Mighty, are famous in Tasmania, where they often play to packed houses. Tragically, he lost his two best-known performers earlier this year. "The thing about transporting Tollins in shoe boxes," he says, "the really important thing, is to remember to put the airholes in."

Lizzy Duncan, with her trademark blue glasses, was a founding member of the Tollins in Art program, where inner-city schoolchildren are taken to the countryside by bus and encouraged to paint and observe Tollins in their natural habitats. Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children was her first illustrated book.

Lizzy's abstract paintings of Tollins are much sought after whenever they appear at Sotheby's auction house, and she is very active in promoting Tollin rights and registering them as a protected wetland species—or as a dryland species, if the weather's been good.

Conn and Lizzy's first book together, Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim—and has ensured that no one will ever mistake a Tollin for a fairy again.

Despite finding time to write historical novels and The Dangerous Book for Boys, Conn Iggulden is in some ways better known as a trainer of Tollins. His Tollin troupe, Small and Mighty, are famous in Tasmania, where they often play to packed houses. Tragically, he lost his two best-known performers earlier this year. "The thing about transporting Tollins in shoe boxes," he says, "the really important thing, is to remember to put the airholes in."

Lizzy Duncan, with her trademark blue glasses, was a founding member of the Tollins in Art program, where inner-city schoolchildren are taken to the countryside by bus and encouraged to paint and observe Tollins in their natural habitats. Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children was her first illustrated book.

Lizzy's abstract paintings of Tollins are much sought after whenever they appear at Sotheby's auction house, and she is very active in promoting Tollin rights and registering them as a protected wetland species—or as a dryland species, if the weather's been good.

Conn and Lizzy's first book together, Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim—and has ensured that no one will ever mistake a Tollin for a fairy again.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    The kids love this book

    Our kids (ages 10, 8, & 6) love this book! We have been reading them chapters out-loud at bedtime and they settle down right away and beg for more than two chapters a night. The story is fantastic, the pictures lovely, and the chapters are just the right length so that two chapters a night isn't too long. It was a random purchase based on the fact that the author did the Dangerous Book for Boys, and I'm so glad that I bought it. It is a hit with our family!

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