Under a bridge
in a hole in the ground
lived a troll.
A small troll.
Troggle, small troll, lives with his parents and his baby brother. Stamping feet and grinding teeth are popular pasttimes but the family’s favourite activity is eating. Troggle is bored with the sameness of the diet, but none of his efforts bring any change. Then he meets Tom. Together they find the perfect solution and bring harmony to the dinner table. Illustrations are bright and colourful and almost cartoon-y.
Trolls don’t get very good press. They live under bridges and underground and are generally grumpy and violent and not all that attractive. And Troggle’s family are working hard to meet the stereotype. But not Troggle. He’s sick of the family’s all-meat diet. He could leave, but he clearly loves his family despite their limited palate. He’s a sensitive soul. So, with the help of someone who could otherwise have been dinner, he finds a solution that keeps everyone in the family happy. Recommended for pre-schoolers and early primary-readers.
Troggle the Troll, Nick Falk ill Tony Lowe
Random House 2012
review by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author
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