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The Odious Ogre Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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The poignancy of reading "The Odious Ogre" comes in when you wonder why it took these two guys fifty years to do another book. Now, at (what is hopefully not) the twilight of their lives, I suppose they figured, "Well, we did one classic. Maybe we'd better knock out another one before it's too late." I'm glad they did, but I wish they'd done a lot more together.
"The Odious Ogre" is lush where "The Phantom Tollbooth" is spare. Juster's language is deliriously self-indulgent ("I am invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, insurmountable!" the ogre bellows at one point), perhaps a little too much so for younger readers (but if read aloud with the right gusto, they won't notice it).Read more ›
The size and quality of the art in this book deserve five stars, for sure. It looks like ink and watercolor, and the illustrations are memorable and full of motion.
But the story? An ogre goes about terrorizing the countryside until he finds a maiden out in the forest, someone who doesn't know enough to be frightened of him; instead she uses good manners and appreciation on the ogre, to his utter bewilderment. Then the rest of the book (12 pages) is her offering the ogre refreshments and appreciation, and the ogre throwing a temper tantrum because she is not afraid. Slightly funny... but really, my kids need no help in how to behave badly. In the end, the ogre drops dead and the villagers rejoice. Big deal.
William Steig's "Shrek" is more entertaining, by far.
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What a fun read! And oh! can you be dramatic when reading aloud. And such delicious vocabulary to briefly explain! Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Charnock
This book is great for teaching children about understanding others and how their view of you is dependent on how you view yourself and how you act.Published on March 21, 2013 by macsuser
Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, the author and illustrator of the fantastic children's book classic "The Phantom Tollbooth" have teamed up once again, 50 years later, for "The... Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Abeer Y. Hoque
Norton Juster's THE ODIOUS OGRE receives fine drawings by Jules Feiffer and tells the story of a rotten Ogre who is big, ugly, angry and always hungry. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Midwest Book Review
When I heard that the author and illustrator of The Phantom Tollboth were collaborating again I was pretty stoked. I love The Phantom Tollboth. I have read it several times. Read morePublished on November 8, 2010 by Henry Cate III