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The Ogre of Oglefort Hardcover – August 18, 2011

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About the Author

Eva Ibbotson writes for both adults and children. Born in Vienna, she now lives in the north of England. Her husband was a naturalist who taught her to value even the smallest and most unattractive animal - and her four children and seven grandchildren showed her that ghosts, wizards and witches are people like ourselves' only madder and more interesting'. She has written eight other ghostly adventures for children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423829
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Another ripping story from one of my favorite English children authors, this one released in 2010. While copies from England are titled "The Ogre of OGelfoor", it is quite possible that the book will be released in a U.S. printing with a different title. That has happened with many of Ibbbotson's books already, and it gets confusing for fans of her work. From the first Ibbotson book I read, "The Secret of Platform 13" I have enjoyed her eccentric characters and stories.
In this new book, a Hag and her familiar, a troll, a wizard and many other magical creatures are living in the city of London as their natural homes have been lost to development. The magical creatures have a big convention every year to go on a mission to help someone. Right before the mission, the Hag's familiar refuses to go and she agrees to take an orphan boy named Ivo in its place. It appears that an ogre on an island has captured a princess and plans to eat her and the group is ordered to rescue her, but things are not always what they seem. I really enjoyed the way the author linked different small things together that seem minor details at the time, but all click together in bog ways later on. She is hilarious in a rude sort of way (I am not complaining a bit) like Roald Dahl. I highly recommend the author and this book for anyone that books about witches, ghosts, banshees, trolls, ogres, warlocks, and other creatures who turn out to be nice most of the time, while the humans are often the scariest characters in the books.
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Format: Paperback
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The Ogre of Oglefort isn't really what I expected it to be and for that I was incredibly grateful. I assumed, because I didn't actually read the description because I love the author, that it would be the same old damsel in distress kind of story. I was surprised to find out it was the complete opposite! It was a surprising, engaging, and fun read; and I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy especially with creatures like witches, trolls, ogres, etc. I can't wait for my son to be old enough to read it.

At first I thought the plot of the book was one that was incredibly overdone, but I was pleased that it took an entirely different turn. Four characters, Ulf Oakroot (troll), Dr. Brian Brainsweller (wizard), a Hag, and Ivo (orphan), are chosen to rescue a princess from a horrible ogre and bring her back to her family. When they arrive at the castle to slay the ogre they are utterly confused because nothing was as they expected. Can't say much else without giving anything good away, but once they get to the castle the story really picks up! :) The only downside of the book was events happening rather quickly. One second they would be in one place and the next somewhere else with little in between. It just moved really fast with few details. However, this is perfectly acceptable for a children's book since children are more interested in the story and characters rather than the details.

I loved all the characters but the most developed ones were Ivo and Princess Mirella. You really get to know them throughout the story and end up falling in love with them. They both have great personalities, but I think Mirella's was even better than Ivo's personality.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Love this book. I read this book aloud to my 1st and 2nd grade children. The pacing was good and the text and dialogue dynamic and fun to read. I appreciate Ibbotson's sense of humor. Look forward to reading more books by this author.
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Format: Library Binding Verified Purchase
This book was entertaining and fun to read. I tutor children with dyslexia, and it is important to choose fun and interesting books. I am pleased with this character, and will look for more books from this author.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
All of Ms Ibbotson's books are unique. The only consistent is the high quality of the writing and always interesting characters and places. Ogre of Oglefort was a hoot, a completely different take on an Ogre.
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