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The Troll Hardcover – Illustrated, 3 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (3 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230017932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230017931
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A crew of clueless pirates, one hairy troll and barrels o'laughs!

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The Troll longs for a juicy goat to eat – but he's stuck with boring old fish for supper. Bother! Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish, but without a decent recipe their slimy, soggy dinner is even worse. If only they could find their buried treasure and pay for a ship's cook . . . but it seems they’ve sailed to the wrong island. Again. Watch the fun unfold as two very different worlds collide in a gloriously comic story from the creators of the highly acclaimed TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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have just received this latest book from Julia Donaldson and am delighted with it! my daughter (who is nearly 4), has had it read to her at least twice a day since we got it! It doesn't rhyme, as many of Donaldson's books do, however - it still easy to follow & fun to read. It is a modern take on the 3 billy goats gruff story, so is quite familiar - except for the pirates!This is definitely a current favourite in our household!
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I say don't pay any attention to the 2 star review - this Julia Donaldson book is wonderful, just as all her others are, although I would agree it is perhaps different from them. My daughter is only just over two and loves it - demands 'TROLL BOOK' all the time (now the 'ladybird heard' obsession is waning for the moment). I only have it as a library book, but imagine I'll be buying it as soon as we need to return it - this keeps happening and makes those library trips more expensive than you would imagine.
I initially thought this book would be too sophisticated for her age, but actually she copes fine with the two intertwining narratives. Similarly, I was initially surprised it didn't rhyme, but it flows beautifully and has all the delight in language that you would expect from a Julia Donaldson - my daughter was repeating 'trippin trappin over MY bridge!' after just one read, and practising to say 'i'm not a goat, i'm a spider'. A few reads in and she is loving the pirates names, I heard her chanting 'percy patch' and 'peg polkadot' over the baby monitor last night when she should have been sleeping! I don't think it matters that the subleties of the plot are probably going over her head for the moment - as far as I'm concerned this means she will develop her understanding of the story as she grows, ie it will offer something to her for longer than a simpler book, and that makes it good value for money.
As long as the child is enjoying the book, why would you not want a few more 'challenging' reads in your repetoire along with the simpler ones? Surely thats how children learn and move on?!
I also really enjoy the illustrations in this book.
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Format: Paperback
The Troll is the latest title to have joined our fairly extensive library of Julia Donaldson books. The "by the author of the GRUFFALO" by-line on the front cover is probably superfluous to many parents, that title being somewhat of a modern children's classic. So could this new tale live up to our previous happy experiences of Donaldson books? Well yes it could!

Having seen some of the mixed reviews on Amazon, I have to admit that on a first read, I - the adult doing the reading to two children excited at the prospect of a new book, was a little bemused by the concept of the book. In essence this book isn't just about a troll at all, rather it is two intertwined and separate stories, that of a goat-seeking troll being alternated with the story of some treasure-seeking and bad food eating pirates. Luckily the original "two tales in one" concept didn't seem to bother my audience at all, and kept their attention through the whole book from that very first read.

For this book Donaldson has teamed up with David Roberts for the illustrations, who also did the pictures for "Tyrannosaurus Drip", perhaps my least favourite book by this author. Here the pictures work well, with the artist producing a convincing "Pet Polkadot" and "Ben Buckle" (the pirates) and a Troll who is just the right balance of monster-like without being too scary. I like the way that the text is laid out too, the pages are divided up in comic book style. There's no difference in style between the pages of the two different tales, the book jumps from one half of the story to the other with only the occasional "meanwhile...." to remind you that you are going from the Pirates' story to that of the Troll.
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The children in Devonshire Reading Club made the following comments about, 'The Troll' book by Julia Donaldson:

"Do you like tricks? This book is about a troll who gets tricked. I would recommend this to other people."

"I recommend you read this book because it is funny when the Troll shakes his legs because it is like he is scared however he thought he was strong at the beginning. I also like it because the pirates thought they had money in the chest but it was actually the Troll!"

"I didn't like the part when the pirates were making fish soup because it made me feel sick!"

"I liked it when the Troll went to every bridge because it was a waste of time."

"I liked this book because it was very very funny. The funny part was when the pirates thought that the treasure chest was full of gold. I even liked all of the pictures."

"I like this book because the Troll was very scared when he had to walk the plank. I recommend this book to other children if they like funny books."

"I think that the story was funny because the pirates thought there was treasure in the chest."

"I didn't like the book because it made me feel sick when the pirates made food!!!"
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