The Wicked One Hardcover – 1 Dec 1977
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The Grant family works a small piece of land in Scotland, and Colin soon learns to his detriment that his temper makes him the perfect target of the Grollican, a lumbering invisible beast that delights in making itself a nuisance. As Colin tries scheme after scheme to rid himself of the Grollican, his young son Ian tries to befriend the wicked one who has come into their midst.
This book is, in a word, awesome. Every chapter will delight a young reader by introducing an element of the supernatural or containing a big action secquence. I've never read another book like this, which gives such a wonderful modern voice to such ancience scottish sensibilities. The closest I can come for comparison's sake is "The Last Unicorn," by Peter Beagle. But this book is even better because it never surrenders to the impulse to let the modern plot overshadow the magic of the fairy-tale roots.
I am shocked to see that this charmer is so unknown. If you are looking for something different to give a young reader, something that will engage them and given them a captivating glimpse into another world, this is the book for you.