From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Mayer's Terrible Troll
(Dial, 1968; o.p.) has been redone in full color, which gives the story new life and vitality. A little boy wishes he lived a thousand years ago so that he could be a squire to the bravest knight and encounter kings, queens, knights, dragons, and trolls. Funny details abound in every picture as he imagines polishing the knight's armor, sharpening his sword, and being rescued from a huge dragon. If a troll were terrorizing the countryside, the knight and his squire would fight him and the victor would emerge. It is then that the child decides he no longer wishes to live during this period. This fresh version of an old favorite should find a place in all picture-book collections.—Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH
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A young boy fantasizes about living "a thousand years ago" in a world with beautiful castles, kings and queens, not-so-evil dragons, and a giant troll. Fully immersed in his daydream, the boy serves as squire to the bravest knight, and all goes well until they are asked to save the kingdom from the terrible, giant troll. When the troll appears to have overcome the knight, the boy abruptly retreats from the fantasy, concluding, "I'm glad I didn't live a thousand years ago." Originally published in 1968 as Terrible Troll,
this new edition alters the title and jacket artwork to shift the focus from the troll to the boy. The text remains unchanged, but the artwork's double-page scenes have been enlarged to fit a more expansive format and updated with much brighter colors. This attractive reissue, perfect for sharing with groups, will entice new readers into Mayer's fanciful medieval world. Randall EnosCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved