Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Troll and the Oliver
Title: Troll & the Oliver
Author/Illustrator: Adam Stower
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Ages: 4-8


Every day when Oliver goes out, Troll tries to eat him. But catching Oliver is very tricky—he’s fast, sneaky, and just too clever! It is only when it looks like Troll has given up and Oliver celebrates victory that—CHOMP!—he gets eaten, and it turns out that Olivers don’t taste very nice after all.
Why you should read it:

It was the clever book design that first caught my eye. With a partial peekaboo cut-away cover, I was immediately drawn into wanting to find out who this cute little kid was and why a Troll seemed to be after him. The whimsically silly story reminded me somewhat of the old Road Runner cartoons where poor Wile E Coyote endeavors to catch a pesky road runner for a midday meal. Kids will also like the surprise ending after Troll discovers an Oliver might not be as tasty as he once thought! Author/illustrator Adam Stower's lovely illustrations will delight young readers. A great addition to any home library.

Like-o-meter Rating scale**: 5 out of 5...grab it!

**Rating scale**

 5 out of 5...grab it!

 4 out of 5...think about it.

 3 out of 5...take it or leave it.
 2 out of 5...maybe not for you.

 1 out of 5...forget about it!

Blurb: Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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  1. I love Troll and the Oliver too. And you're right, that cover is clever!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Not only do I like the clever way they cut out the front coverr, something about the muted colors appeals to me a lot as well...;~)

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    1. Hi Janet! You really should read it some time...

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    1. Hi Erik! It IS a cute book...I think you'll like it...

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    1. The lighter colored area on the cover that shows Oliver is actually recessed behind the cutout on the cover. And I love the story line idea as well...;~)

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