Trouble with Trolls

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Treva's trouble with trolls begins when she climbs Mount Baldy with her dog Tuffi. The trolls who live there long for a dog, and they try to kidnap him. But Treva is brave and quick-thinking. She outwits one troll after another until she reaches the very top of the mountain, where five trolls are waiting—and they want her dog! From underground to mountain peak, Jan Brett's story is filled with adventure and eye-catching detail.

While climbing Mt. Baldy, Treva ...

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Treva's trouble with trolls begins when she climbs Mount Baldy with her dog Tuffi. The trolls who live there long for a dog, and they try to kidnap him. But Treva is brave and quick-thinking. She outwits one troll after another until she reaches the very top of the mountain, where five trolls are waiting—and they want her dog! From underground to mountain peak, Jan Brett's story is filled with adventure and eye-catching detail.

While climbing Mt. Baldy, Treva outwits some trolls who want to steal her dog.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A brave girl outwits some trolls when they try to kidnap her dog. "A wintry winner with a sunny glow," said PW. Ages 3-8. Oct. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Scandinavian girl must use her wits to outsmart a bunch of pesky trolls in Brett's latest picture book. When Tre,va and her dog Tuffi are set upon by these nasty creatures with dognapping on their minds, the girl dissuades the little folk by offering them other belongings in Tuffi's stead. And, ingenious child that she is, Treva retrieves her goods and also saves her pet before adventure's end. Brett's matter-offact text contains many traditional folktale elements: Treva's quick thinking overcomes obstacles, and she is rewarded for her good intentions and cunning. Readers will need to suspend disbelief just a bit, as Brett never places her heroine in any real dangereven though at one point she is nearly disrobed on a mountaintop. And Tuffi, a stalwart looking husky, makes no attempt to bark, growl or escape his captors. Brett's sumptuous paintings are typically replete with detail of landscape and costume, this time vividly capturing Scandinavian mountains and villages. Intricate page borders feature folk art needlework on top and scenes of the simultaneous action in the trolls' underground den on the bottom. A wintry winner with a sunny glow. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Treva and her dog Tuffi are climbing Mount Baldy when they encounter a family of trolls determined to kidnap Tuffi. Quick-witted Treva tricks them out of their prize, and escapes on skis. The alpine setting is beautifully depicted by the author/illustrator. Treva is a wonderful heroine, who implements a creative solution to a prickly problem. Black-eyed Susan Book Award winner.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- Treva's trouble begins when she and her dog, Tuffi, go up Mount Baldy. She meets five white-haired trolls, all intent on taking Tuffi; they want a dog and have filled their underground burrow with the things such a pet would need. Quick-thinking Treva, using tactics worthy of Br'er Rabbit, convinces the trolls that her mittens, hat, sweater, etc., are much more important to her than a dog, but wins all her belongings back before she and Tuffi escape down the mountain. Obviously influenced by Scandinavian folklore, the story is appealing. With the fine details that have become her trademark, Brett tells two stories at the same time: the child's encounters with the trolls appear on the top three-fourths of each spread, and a cross-section of their abode occupies the bottom. A humorous subplot involves a curious hedgehog. Set against a wintery, snow-capped background, the saturated colors seem to jump off the page. As always, Brett does a remarkably realistic job of depicting clothing and the natural landscape. Less successful, however, are her renderings of Treva and Tuffi, who have a slightly frozen quality. But the trolls are a personable bunch and readers may hate to see them disappear at the end. Overall, a visually attractive and accessible book that's ideal for individual use, but also fun to share aloud. --Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State Univ . , Normal
Stephanie Zvirin
With the flavor of a Scandinavian folktale, this engaging picture book has lots for little eyes to spy. Treva, blond braids flying, is the spunky, determined narrator, who has "trouble with trolls" when five of them try to steal Tuffi, her beloved dog. Treva tricks the first troll into letting Tuffi go in exchange for her mittens; she bribes the next with her hat, which becomes a troll nose-warmer; she gives the third her sweater for dragging pots; and the fourth and fifth take her boots to wear on their heads. But her troubles still aren't over--when she spots five familiar shadows ahead, she realizes that trolls are a stubborn bunch and she'll need another trick to save her dog. Bursting with energy and fine detail, the double-page spreads, which escape their cross-stitch borders, depict a beautiful mountain landscape, dotted with trees and rocks that make excellent hiding places for the pesky trolls. Cutaway scenes beneath the spreads tell a concurrent story, picturing the trolls readying their home for Tuffi while an uninvited guest works its way down the chimney, then inside. Playful and funny, with a valiant female protagonist, this is a first-rate read, wintertime or anytime.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399223365
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 298,568
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Brett

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    Excellent story with a very happy surprise ending!

    This book, with the beautiful illustrations, will entertain the children. My grandson loved the troll theme and was intrigued by the way the little girl handled a diificult situation. We both enjoyed the story and the creative art work.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    A must have-especially for girls

    This is one of my favorite Jan Brett books. Treva (the main character) is so clever and smart. My daughter (and sons) love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2010


    I recently thought of this book and was pleased to find it on Barnes and Noble. This book holds a lot of fond memories with my grandfather reading the "Trouble with Trolls." I can't wait to have it in my book collection again. You won't be dissapointed with this book it's a story for generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    wonderful read - very clever

    I absolutely love this book, as does my 3 yr old son. We highly recommend it! There is detail and thoughtfulness hidden within this story that emerged for me after several reads. It was so enjoyable to discover that the illustrations tell two additional tales about the trolls whereabouts and activities, as well as, the antics of a naughty hedgehog invader. Brett's creation of the fast thinking heroin 'Treva' also impressed me. Her method to 'trick the trolls' is so clever. My son and I often discuss what a 'clever' girl Treva is. Repeated reads of this book are enjoyable because the storyline is simple enough for my son yet sophisticated enough keep me interested. I find myself always searching to discover a new detail I had previously missed. Also, it's a perfect length.

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    Posted December 11, 2008

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