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PreSchool-Grade 2 Only the familiar plot of this well-known Norwegian folktale is recognizable in this revision. Gone is the cadence and beauty of G. W. Dasent's translation of Asbjornsen and Moe's text, found in Marcia Brown's version (HBJ, 1957; o.p.). Instead there is language devoid of rhythm and mystery. In addition, unnecessary motivations are ascribed to the characters that serve to explain the reason for their violent actions (the troll is hungry; the big Billy Goat Gruff is angry). These explanations serve only to dilute the power of the story. The full-color illustrations are humorous; the goats walk about on their hind legs, the smallest goat wears a diaper and sucks a pacifier, and the biggest wears a black leather jacket, to reinforce the point that he is tough enough to destroy the troll. The troll is quite scary, and although he does have a nose as long as a poker, his eyes are not as big as saucers; the illustration that introduces the troll does not even show his eyes. A better purchase is Galdone's version (Clarion, 1981) which is well-suited for use with large groups and more closely follows the standard translation. Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, Conn.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This was my favorite book as a child, so I purchased it for my 14-month-old. She loves it because I make all the sound effects that my mom used to make for me when they go... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nieki Rodriguez
This book is by far the Kids favorite story. I love reading this story over and over again before bed time. We even create our little play from this book. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Karla E. Rivera
I have always loved the story since childhood. It is a classic of course.The pictures in this book by Paul Galdone are detailed and well matched to the text. Read morePublished 18 days ago by xnd
Great classic, fun for my kindergartener. He loves books at this age, and I remember loving this book when I was young.Published 1 month ago by Alisha
This is a great version of a classic tale. I love the text and the illustrations! It's one of my favorite stories to read to my pre-k students. They love it too!Published 1 month ago by Cindi Conti
A true classic version - so easy to read aloud. Children love it!!Published 2 months ago by Lynn Bradley