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From Publishers Weekly

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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698117913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698117914
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jan Brett is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gingerbread Friends, The Three Snow Bears, and The Mitten, as well as many other classics. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Birgit Nazaryan on November 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My preschool daughter and I absolutely LOVE this book! The illustrations are gorgeous and there is a second storyline with a mischievous hedgehog raiding the trolls den on the bottom of the page - it is like two stories in one! The story is simple, amusing, well written and the clever protagonist, a Norwegian (?) girl, Treva is very charming. As soon as I discovered Jan Brett's books I started collecting several others - they are such a treat to read and look at!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on November 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Treva lives on the slopes of Mount Baldy. One day she goes to visit a relative on the other side. She will climb up with her dog and then ski down the other side. But on the way up she runs into the trolls. Each troll she meets is interested in her dog. Treva manages to trick each of them into taking some of her clothing instead (mittens, hat, sweater, boots). But just at the top the trolls decide they still want the dog. Treva has one more trick up her sleeve and winds up same with her dog and all of her clothing. The ultimate fate of the trolls is quite interesting.

This is a very nice story with an intelligent and quick-thinking protagonist. Troll legend has been change a little. There is no mention of the trolls wanting to eat the dog (a la Billy Goats Gruff) but instead to help warm them and act as a pack animal. Their fate is also one I am unfamiliar with. Many stories have trolls turn to stone in the sunlight but this transformation is quite interesting.

The illustrations are just what you expect from Jan Brett; beautiful and packed with detail. Earrings and hair ribbons should be paid attention to as well as the happy hedgehog who invades the trolls' home. A truly delightful story from an author who has written more stories about clothes than you can imagine (The Hat, The Mitten, Armadillo Rodeo, Etc).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Cargile on September 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
My 3-year-old daughter and 4-year-old-son adore this book. As with any Jan Brett book, the illustrations are fantastic. This story is solid, too, and shows "girl power" at its simplest and sweetest. The heroine, Treva, outwits trolls who want to steal her dog and keep him. My daughter, who looks like a younger version of the herione, Treva, tells me, "Treva is smart!" Treva can also ski well, too. I still prefer Jan Brett's "Annie and the Wild Animals", but this is right up there with "Annie" and "The Mitten" as one of our favorite books to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book Trouble With Trolls is a great book for both readers young and old. It is about a girl named Treva who decides to take a hike over a mountain to see her cousin. On the way up the mountain Treva runs into some trolls who want her dog,but she tricks them by giving them her boots and things like that. In the end she gets away with her dog and all her stuff back. I enjoyed this book alot myself and if you have kids I'm sure they would enjoy it to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Ameling on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 4 year-old daughter and I love this book. Treva, the main character, really knows how to use her noodle to outwit the trolls she encounters on her way over Mount Baldy. This book is beautifully illustrated (as you would expect from Jan Brett), the story is captivating and it promotes a positive view of girls who can think for themselves and overcome life's obstacles! My family highly recommends this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen VINE VOICE on November 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
Jan Brett is an amazing artist with a pen, and this title was a favorite with my kids when they were small, maybe since it involves a kid outwitting creatures who think they're smarter than she.

Treva apparently takes her dog Tuffi with her everywhere, and on one cold winter day she heads off over Mount Baldy to visit family at the bottom of the other side. Unfortunately, as she heads up the slope with her skis, the trolls hiding in the mountain begin harassing her and her pet. Treva dangles her clothing before the trolls to distract them from Tuffi.

By the time Treva and Tuffi reach Mount Baldy's peak, however, the trolls have grabbed her mittens, her hat, her sweater, her boots--and they still want Tuffi, into the bargain. But Treva tricks the greedy little thieves again--just how must be secret until your kids read the book--and skis down the mountainside with her dog and all her clothes in her arms.

The winter landscapes are especially colorful, but what has become of the trolls when Treva next heads over the mountain in the spring is a complete delight as well.

This is a book that will have your kids turning the pages over and over again, until they themselves can read the story--which they'll have learned by heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel E. Watkins on October 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Treva, a girl in Norway wants to go visit her cousin on the other side of a mountain near her home so off she goes with her dog, and her skis straped to her back. Her little hike soon meets with excitement when a troll tries to kidnap her dog! She comes up with a clever scheme to trick this troll, and several more trolls afterwards. At the end, she manages to trick all the trolls again at once, and gets back her mittens, gloves, hat, sweater, skis and of course, her dog!
The illustrations are absoutely beautiful, and really bring life to the story.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cjdunbar@erols.com on March 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Our grandsons(11/2 and 3) and I really enjoy this book not only for the beautiful pictures but for the subplot going on in the margin.Sometime we will only read the hedgehog story instead of the main story. Enjoy!
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