The Troll, Hardback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Troll longs for a goat -- but has to make do with fish for supper instead.

Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew are digging for treasure -- but it seems they've sailed to the wrong island.

Again. Watch the fun unfold as these two worlds collide in a richly inventive, gloriously comic tale from the creators of the highly acclaimed TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 32 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780230017931



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This is a take on the classic tale of the billy goats and the troll under the bridge. For kids -and adults too!<br/><br/>The illustrations are wonderful, very detailed and so good you'd have them up as posters in your room. A <b> fully-grown adult's </b> room. <br/><br/>The story was cute though the cutting back and forth between the pirates and the troll was a little distracting at times, but it was necessary for the story to come to the punchline. <br/><br/>Another thing I found difficult was though the pictures were breathtakingly beautiful, they were VERY detailed and the writing was swamped by them. Some of the pages are busy so this isn't really suitable for the age that you could read Julia's other books to. My 2 year old gets distracted about halfway through, so I haven't actually made it to the end with her sat next to me the whole time yet. The other books I didn't have that problem. <br/><br/>Although this review seems mainly negative I honestly think it is a brilliant, beautifully illustrated book. I love it and would recommend to others. Just obviously being aware of the fact it isn't as clear to read as The Gruffalo or Squash and A Squeeze for example. <br/><br/>4 1/2 out of 5 stars. <br/><br/>Oh and just to clarify, 'what-a-plonker' shelf is referring to the troll. He was soooo gullible, bless him! :D

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