D'Aulaires' Book of Trolls (New York Review Children's Collection) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-15 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 25 user ratings

" Good book, not as strong as Greek myth or Norse myth but still a great title for kids. " said.

" This is an interesting book about Norwegian trolls... think "Hall of the Mountain King" " said.

" The life of trolls. Rough & tumble, hard & loud, stupid & natural. The troll hags are pretty cool too. Did you know the more heads a troll has the wilder & fearsome it is? Just ponder this- some of these babies have 500 heads. " said.

" This was one of our favorite books when we were kids. Apparently the Scandinavians are quite imaginative when it comes to the grotesque and bizarre (though not always frightening; most of the trolls here are quite humorous). " said.

" There are a couple of movies coming out this month about Trolls so I wanted to be up to speed on my Trolldom. The edition I read is from 1972 which is not the one pictured above. Trolls are very complex, varied and dangerous. Beware! This is a charming book because of the illustrations and the stories with are interspersed with wit. " said.

" This is an interesting book of troll stories from Norway. We borrowed this from our local library as part of a kit with an audiocassette and a small paperback book. The book is rather plain, but we enjoyed listening to Tom Carlin narrate the story. " said.

" The d'Aulaires' myth books (Book of Trolls, Book of Norse Myths, Book of Greek Myths) are some of my fondest childhood memories. I remember reading and rereading these books over and over again, to the extent that these versions of the tales are still the canonical ones in my heads, and any time I picture a god or a troll I picture the d'Aulaires' drawings. They are all full of fantastic art, stories well told, and perfect for sparking a child's or adult's imagination. " said.

"This D'Aulaires' book is not a long collection of stories but rather a narrative description of the different types of trolls. I especially liked the concept of "troll-splinters," which distort trolls' vision of themselves and the world, and perhaps now, they suggest, explain "people everywhere today who see things askew. What is bad looks good to them and what is wrong looks right. They do not know that they have troll-splinters in their eyes and you cannot see them. But you can be very sure that the troll-splinters are there." That could explain a lot ;-). Trevor gave the book 3.5 stars, and I would agree. " said.

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