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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (May 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803732066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803732063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Enos
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Customer Reviews

My 4 year old grandson loved it.
Nancy A. Becker
Would recommend it to someone looking for a bed time read or something for a rainy day.
McKinney Mom
The story is easy for him to follow and the illustrations are very well done.
B. Graham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for the child who loves knights, but isn't ready for a lot of text. In typical Mercer Mayer manner, a lot of the story, and all of the humor, is found in the illustrations.

For those who might be sensitive, be aware that the knight who the boy is squire for, gets killed by the bad guy at the end of the book, prompting the boy to decide he doesn't want to be a knight after all. The death of the knight is implied, and not shown.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David B. Lucarelli on January 7, 2013
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The Bravest Knight really could have been a classic book, except it has one of the worst endings I have ever read in a book for little kids. The illustrations are charming, and the book does a good job of capturing the romantic spirit of what a child might imagine being a knight was like. SPOILER ALERT: Then, in the last two pages, the knight who the little boy was imagining himself a squire to, goes into a cave, and the troll emerges victorious, the implication being the knight is dead, and the daydreaming narrator decides he's glad he wasn't born a thousand years ago. OK, first off, I don't know what the author was thinking here. Trying to say we should not romanticize the past? That sometimes evil wins? I'm not in any hurry to teach my 4 year old son that sometimes the good guy loses, but if that's really the point you want to make, then don't do it in such a flippant and callous way. My son was crestfallen when we came to the end of the book, and we both immediately decided to re-write it together, where the knight won the battle, and the boy still wanted to be born in that age. A shame really. The author ruined an otherwise great book with an ending that's too clever by half and sure to disturb little kids. I'm actually very surprised there aren't any other negative reviews based on the ending.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda D on March 22, 2012
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Wonderful book for a 3-5 year old who is interested in knights, castles, dragons and giant trolls! There are a few skeletons and some implied violence when the knight doesn't come back from visiting the troll in his castle, but it is handled with humor and is pretty tame overall. Unique, detailed illustrations that really piqued my son's curiosity. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SelinaB5 on June 19, 2014
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I think he'll eventually grow into being old enough to like this book, but we bought it based on recommendations of other amazon users and weren't happy with the content. It's not as gentle in nature as other Mercer Mayer books. It's definitely scarier, so we have set it aside for a few years from now. He wanted a book about knights and dragons. We bought different ones and have been happier with those.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nabuna on March 7, 2012
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With the mystique of the Middle Ages, it is often that one daydreams of stepping back in time to that romantic era. This little knight is pondering the same daydream, when, not to spoil the ending, he finds it not to be as alluring in the end as he had hoped. Very fun, easy read. Engaging for all little knights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Graham on March 23, 2011
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This is a children's book that both my 3yr old son and I can enjoy. The story is easy for him to follow and the illustrations are very well done. No Disney graphics here. I rented this from the library so many times I had to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kiki on March 18, 2014
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All I can say. Just lacking in the story meat department. I got it because my son was really into Knights but he doesn't routinely ask for this book. I agree with another reviewer who said the abrupt rather violent ending is off center. Expect WAY more from the writer of the Little Critter books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dturpin on December 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The images in this book are wonderful and the storyline is very good also. My 5yo who is really into knights really loves this book.
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More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

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