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5.0 out of 5 stars A different spin on the story as seen through the eyes of the bridge-keeper, 24 July 2008
This review is from: Hopscotch: The Truth About Those Billy Goats (Paperback)
from the HOPSCOTCH book series.

From the back cover:-

'The Billy Goats Gruff were just trip-trapping over the bridge when an evil troll stopped them.
At least, that's what they say.......

But the bridge-keeper tells a quite different story!'

.......and it is a variation that keeps you guessing right to the very end, and beyond!

32 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format.
Illustrated throughout, this delightful book is further enhanced by relevant facial expressions.
Numbered pages with clear, easy-to-follow text.

Example of text:-

`Let me ask you something.
Do I look like a troll?
I may be short and fat, but I am no troll!
Everyone knows that trolls live in caves or mountains.
But I live by this bridge.
This was once a beautiful bridge.
Sadly, with all the trip-trapping of hooves and feet, it has started to fall apart.........'

And the conscientious bridge-keeper/toll-collector goes on to relate a rather credible version of this famous story (complete with the odd pun and the appearance of other well-known characters), when referring to the incredibly rude Billy Goats Gruff:- e.g.:-

`The smallest Billy Goat was the first to come trip-trapping over my bridge. He was a cheeky-looking kid with no respect .......
I politely stopped him and asked him to pay the toll.
"Get lost Troll!" he yelled, before barging straight past me. I was shocked!.....'

but is he telling the truth and what does happen to the Billy Goats Gruff, in the end?

`HOPSCOTCH has been specially designed to fit the requirements of the National Literacy Strategy. It offers real books by top authors and illustrators for children developing their reading skills.'

There are a number of `HOPSCOTCH' stories to choose from and these are listed on the very last page.
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