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Vole and Troll Hardcover – Illustrated, September 10, 2019

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Readers will need to tune their voices before meeting Troll, who guards the bridge leading to "the tastiest grass in the valley."When Vole arrives to cross, Troll sings a challenge in his clear, deep voice: "Troll-dee-roll, I'm a troll, / And my favorite food is vole. / With a knick-knack, paddywhack, / Better pay the toll, / or you'll end up in my bowl!" But hungry Vole can't pay, and the battle of wits begins. Luckily, Troll knows only one song, so Vole teaches him a new one. Three times, Troll gets so caught up in each new action song—children will recognize these storytime standards and join in—Vole teaches him that the anthropomorphic creatures successfully sneaks over the bridge for "a feast of grassy greens." But on Vole's fourth visit, Troll snatches him by the tail. Knowing he is destined for Troll's bowl, Vole begs for one last Troll song. In an unexpected twist, Vole joins "in with a sweet, high harmony," and together they fill "the valley with music so enchanting that fish [spring] from the creek, flapping their fins with pleasure…. Even the songbirds [hush] to listen." Understandably, as part of their new friendship, Vole insists on rewriting Troll's challenge song. Watercolor, colored pencil, and ink illustrations enhance the emotional subtext to this revised fairy tale. A harmonious twist on an old favorite with bonus action songs. 

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Vole and Troll is my first book written in prose, but (as in my other books) includes  rhyming verse and traditional song lyrics. The idea came to me a couple of years ago, when I was on vacation in Maine. I had spotted a vole squatting on the ground. He/she had turned  to look up at me, and was so adorable!  I knew I wanted to feature a vole in a book, and couldn't get the thought out of my head.  Creative juices flowed and on the 10 hour drive back home, I had a story roughed out. Luckily, my husband enjoys doing most of of the driving, so I was free to write and sketch!
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Charlesbridge; Illustrated edition (September 10, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1580898858
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1580898850
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 2 - 5 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ AD580L
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.75 x 0.4 x 9.94 inches
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Iza Trapani was born in Poland and immigrated to America when she was seven. Upon arrival, her relatives gave her a large Mother Goose collection. As she learned English through those rhymes, she had no idea that someday she would become a best-selling children's book author and illustrator, and would extend many them into books for little ones. Her first book in the series, The Itsy Bitsy Spider has sold over 2.5 million copies, and her Twinkle Twinkle Little Star has sold over 1 million. Her books are widely used in schools in the US and abroad and have won numerous awards. Iza lives in the Hudson Valley of New York, and when not in her studio, she enjoys spending time outdoors- hiking, mountain biking, skiing and kayaking. You can learn more about Iza and her books at

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Grumpy Troll is determined to prevent Vole from crossing his bridge, but clever Vole fully intends to get his way! Kids will love seeing how Vole outwits Troll. This delightful story with its opportunities to join in the interactive rhyme will engage kids and have them asking to hear it again and again! Another winner from beloved author/illustrator, Iza Trapani.
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