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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906427038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427030
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Foxley (1944-)grew up in various towns in the north of England and studied German at the universities of Newcastle and Erlangen (Bavaria). After marrying a Londoner she lived in the south-east of England for twenty-five years, first as a full-time mother and later as an administrator at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Janet has written as a hobby for most of her life, but since she retired writing has become her 'day job'. Her children have long since left home and she now lives in a former farmhouse in Cumbria with her husband Donald, an engineer-turned-sculptor.

There is more about Janet and her books at www.janetfoxley.co.uk

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2011
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As the smallest giant in Mount Grumble, Muncle Trogg is a disappointment to his parents. Laughed at for being human-sized (the giants call them `Smallings') he's too tiny to be good at the things that giants should be good at - like mining and dragon keeping - and deliberately misses school. But exams are coming up, which Muncle has to pass to get a good job. His only chance is in Smalling Studies, which he's sure he could pass given that he's their size so he decides to leave the mountain to see what he can learn about a nearby village that's full of them. What happens though sets off a chain of events that threatens all of the giants - and only Muncle can save them.

Janet Foxley's debut novel won The Times Children's Fiction Competition in 2010 and it's easy to see why. This is a charming and funny story but there's still a sensitive core there that'll make you feel sorry for Muncle as you cheer him on.

Muncle is badly bullied by the other giants - even his own brother likes to pick him up and dangle him upside down - and no-one, not his parents and certainly not his teachers do anything about it. In fact the giants don't realise how much they're physically hurting poor Muncle, who's more fragile than them because of his size. It's no wonder therefore that he chooses to skive school and it means that you root doubly hard for him when he realizes the Smalling Studies is his key to a better future. His scenes with Biblos, the Wise Man, are lovely to read, the kindly giant being the only one to believe that Muncle has something to offer and who gives him a purpose.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book binger on 13 Mar. 2012
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Muncle Trogg was a very good book. It had a good storyline and had funny jokes. I liked the characters and I liked the adventures. It had sadness and happy things too. The best bit was when Muncle had to pretend they'd made a volcano because he had to get the dragon to burn the rocks. The funniest bit was when the King says, `This is going to take a bit of getting used to' and Muncle says, `You can say that again!' and the King says, `This is going to take a bit of getting used to!'. I would give Muncle Trogg five stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Stephens on 28 Mar. 2011
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My ten yr old daughter devoured this in two hours flat, refusing to speak or do anything else until she had finished it. My six year old son has now been allowed to start it and is equally enthusiastic, and even better for adults, it is fun to read out loud!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ocheye on 23 Mar. 2011
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I bought this for my granddaughter after hearing Janet Foxley being interviewed on radio. It has proved to be quite a watershed in her reading and her teacher was so impressed by her enthusiasm and the content of the book that she has ordered copies for the entire class. If that happened in every case, watch out J.K.Rowling.
Of course my granddaughter wants more of the same - now!
Highly recommended
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BDMist on 2 May 2011
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Muncle Trogg is a delightful, engaging story about a giant who is a lot smaller than he should be. Muncle is so small he is often mistaken as a 'Smalling' (that's a person to you and I), and he finds it very hard to fit in with his giant friends. He is picked on and ridiculed yet he still tries his little hardest to fit in.

The giants live in Mount Grumble, away from the Smallings, but one day Muncle decides to have a look at these Smallings as he has never seen one before. Muncle is not supposed to be so far away from home and his expedition takes him on a magical journey packed with dragons, giants and Smallings. Will Muncle save the day or will he make the biggest mistake of his tiny little life? This unique and fun tale will be an excellent bedtime read or a great little book to start the budding young reader off on his own.

This book would suit 6-8 year olds but is a fresh and new adventure that can be enjoyed by all the family. It was a pleasure to read and it is lovely to see a well written and well told story that can be read easily. There are many little illustrations throughout the book which add to the flavour of the tale. They are tastefully done and make a nice change to just reading word after word after word. Janet Foxley has left the door open for other Muncle adventures and I can't wait for the next one to arrive.

If you are looking for a pleasant read for your little ones then this would be a great recommendation.
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By Laurie on 29 Mar. 2014
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Muncle Trogg was actually better than I expected! The idea of a titchy giant has huge appeal. However, the humour, action and the way Muncle just got on with things and triumphed was a joy. Great fun, with some subtle messages about bullying and how goodness and intelligence can win against the odds (and the odd size!). A perfect short book for 6-9 year olds.
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Sometimes a film comes out that makes me want to borrow a small child to go see it in the cinema. With my own children now taller than me in both cases, skulking into some animated adventure along with my wife feeling like we really should have grown up by now can be a humbling experience. Short of randomly claiming a couple of those small bodies as our own - effectively buying stranger's children pop-corn! - we either wait until the DVD comes out or hang our heads, flip up our collars so no-one can clock us and push through society's sensibilities about what denotes adult behaviour. Hey, perhaps it's society's sensibilities that are out-of-kilter!

Muncle Trogg makes me want to have small children to read out loud too again just like Toy Story 3 made me want to have them to take to the cinema. I'm sure my two strapping lads would put up with it - 'well, if you must dad!' - but it wouldn't be a perfect storybook moment. You'd want a 5 - 9 year old, hanging on your every word as you did the giant, gruff voices and slammed and banged and groaned and left them waiting on cliff-hanger chapters until next time ('Please dad, just one more chapter!). Muncle Trogg is a gorgeous children's book which would appeal to boys and girls alike. There's dragons and reading and heroics for the girls, there's warts, worms and fights for the boys. Muncle is a giant, the smallest giant in the world. He lives in Mount Grumble with all of the other giants who've been hidden away there since the smallings (humans) developed the technology (magic fire sticks aka guns!) to deal with their constant incursions.

Muncle Trogg as a story has everything any self-respecting child, both small and big, would want.
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