A brave girl outwits some trolls when they try to kidnap her dog. "A wintry winner with a sunny glow," said PW. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
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PreSchool-Grade 3-- Treva's trouble begins when she and her dog, Tuffi, go up Mount Baldy. She meets five white-haired trolls, all intent on taking Tuffi; they want a dog and have filled their underground burrow with the things such a pet would need. Quick-thinking Treva, using tactics worthy of Br'er Rabbit, convinces the trolls that her mittens, hat, sweater, etc., are much more important to her than a dog, but wins all her belongings back before she and Tuffi escape down the mountain. Obviously influenced by Scandinavian folklore, the story is appealing. With the fine details that have become her trademark, Brett tells two stories at the same time: the child's encounters with the trolls appear on the top three-fourths of each spread, and a cross-section of their abode occupies the bottom. A humorous subplot involves a curious hedgehog. Set against a wintery, snow-capped background, the saturated colors seem to jump off the page. As always, Brett does a remarkably realistic job of depicting clothing and the natural landscape. Less successful, however, are her renderings of Treva and Tuffi, who have a slightly frozen quality. But the trolls are a personable bunch and readers may hate to see them disappear at the end. Overall, a visually attractive and accessible book that's ideal for individual use, but also fun to share aloud. --Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State Univ . , Normal
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Love Jan brett. Giving this to a rising 1st grader who struggles with reading, Jan's illustrations make kids want to know what the story is!Published 1 month ago by maggie
Ammmmazing illustrations. One of my favorite books as a kid and now my 3yr olds love it as well. It's like 2 stories in one because u have the main story about the girl having... Read morePublished 1 month ago by twin mama
Was a Childhood favorite and the illustrations are as beautiful as I remembered. I will be sharing this and any of Jan Brett's work with any little ones that may come my way.Published 2 months ago by Kwaala
Always loved this story when I was young, glad to have it now to read to my boys. Came in very nice repair and was a good deal.Published 6 months ago by Brandy