- Age Range: 3 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 2
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Templar (August 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780763679569
- ISBN-13: 978-0763679569
- ASIN: 0763679569
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—Troll is determined to eat "the Oliver," an impish, red-haired little boy who delights in taunting him at every turn. Troll chases Oliver through woods and over bridges but is unable to catch his most coveted prey. Despondent, he decides to give up the chase and return to his hole to eat twigs while Oliver triumphantly goes home to bake himself a victory cake. Alas, just as Oliver is about to commence with the celebrations, Troll jumps out of the pantry and eats him in one gigantic bite. Luckily, Oliver tastes REVOLTING and Troll spits him out in disgust. While both sit gloomily on the floor (Oliver covered in drool, Troll looking sad and hungry) the oven timer dings and Oliver and Troll realize they both love cake! Stower has created an enchanting tale full of surprise, mischief, and lots of laughs. The book makes excellent use of white space, and Troll's stalking of Oliver and subsequent failures will delight readers as will the horrifying reappearance of Troll in Oliver's kitchen. Children will relish the chase, capture, and cake-eating antics of these two unlikely friends. The end pages contain a recipe for Troll Cupcakes and decorating tips and are a wonderful addition. VERDICT A definite and delightful purchase.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, St. Joseph, MI
Not since Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner has there been such a happy mismatch of inept hunter and blithe prey. Stower's ink-and-wash illustrations use white space and a hand-drawn feeling for maximum mirth. Bonus: a recipe from The Trolliver Cookbook. Nicely tuned to a preschool sense of the ridiculous.
Stower has created an enchanting tale full of surprise, mischief and lots of laughs...A definite and delightful purchase.
—School Library Journal