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Beloved children's author Jan Brett sends us to faraway Finnmark for a rollicking tale of a boy, his bear, and band of hungry trolls.
When Kyri hears a knock at the door, she's afraid it's the trolls coming for their annual Christmas raid. Happily, it's only a boy traveling to Oslo with his snow-white ice bear. The two children warm up as the bear snoozes under the stove, but before long, ravenous trolls have invaded the house and the kids scurry outside, leaving the sleeping bear indoors. But when one of the trolls baits the bear, the sleeping bruin wakes up with a fierce snarl, chasing the nasty varmints away for good.
This folksy Christmas tale combines an entrancing story with Brett's trademark artwork: Bold reds and blues offer a vivid contrast to whites and wintry hues, and stylized borders extend the story further with additional scenes and ghostly trolls. Kids will be delighted with this warmhearted tale set in a cold-weather clime. Matt Warner