|Troll and the Oliver|
Author: Stower, Adam
Meet a little boy named Oliver ... and the troll who desperately wants to eat him!
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/15)
School Library Journal (08/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 08/01/2015 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 - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.