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Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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There is enough eeeww-yukky-gross humor to satisfy everyone, without overdoing it, and plenty of tongue-in-cheek irony for parents as well.
I like the emphasis on curiosity, education, and alertness; after all, (without giving it all away), the plot really rests on all three.
On a side note: Thank you, Mr. Iggulden, for your treatment of fairies. As a librarian, I am nearly as tired of THEM as I am of VAMPIRES.
Absolutely PERFECT illustrations, Ms. Duncan!
And whoever decided on the cover looking the way it does: Excellent. Someone understands that kids like eye candy, too.
You may want to know that the book comes across as being a little bit British, but in a charming, universal,sort of British way. There are a few references to locations dotted across southern Britain, but these should be viewed much as Westminster Tower appears in the Peter Pan Disney film - it serves as an anchor, but never intrudes.
A superb book, which is guaranteed to keep any 5 year old child completely enthralled for many a reading. An unequivocal 5*'s
This is not a fairy story. As the author is quick to point out, Tollins are not fairies and it is in fact rather disturbing how fairies are treated here. They wind up accidentally squished quite a bit, and are used as hankies by their larger Tollin counterparts. Who needs a snotty fairy? The humour here is sly and will be appreciated by a wide age range. This book made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. The writing is superb and the illustrations perfectly complement the story by adding to the charm of these small creatures and their exploits. Be forewarned, these stories are not for the faint of heart. Tollin health care consists of amputation for the part that is bothering you - even for a case of dandruff - and the High Tollin is prone to ordering executions. The whimsical nature of the illustrations help to sort of soften these moments and they end up just adding to the fantastical nature of the story.
I simply can't wait to see more adventures. This is a big recommend for anyone ages 5 and up and seems to be ready made for classrom reading all the way up to 4th grade or so... The gruesome elements and the humour are sure to keep even the older kids tuned into this unique book.
It's already hard enough to instill a sense of compassion and fair play in one's children; I think some of the humor in this book is counterproductive to that end for young children still undergoing moral and emotional development. The science-y bits that were slipped in were a nice touch, but the "let's have a laugh at the suffering of these smaller helpless creatures" was taken too far. Gruesome is fine, even important sometimes, as long as it has its heart in the right place.
The illustrations were nice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love the this book and have it's successor book as well. We love these stories involving tuff, little magical creatures with an attitude. We wish more books would be written!Published 8 months ago by WCK
10yo son read it 1.5 times the first few days we had it. He usually shies away from books I recommend, so it must be good!Published 9 months ago by Annie
I received the book quickly and it was advertised correctly.Published 21 months ago by patricia ivers
This is a very cute story. My kids love it and we have enjoyed reading it to them as well. It's a wonderful and clever story that the kids reference often as the day goes on. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Scoy