Trolls, pirates and a rollicking good time with Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson has to be the Queen of children’s literature.  I can’t think of one book that she has written that isn’t fantastic and her creation, The Gruffalo has to be one of the best (and most popular) picture book characters of recent years.  Her latest picture book, The Troll, will surely be  hugely popular, and I have to say I found it absolutely hilarious!  I cracked up laughing as soon as I saw the front cover which shows the Troll in all his ugly glory, complete with bulging eyes, mono-brow, green fur, little sharp teeth and sensible shoes.  David Roberts is the very talented illustrator that has made the Troll come alive, and you may recognise his illustrations from the previous book that he and Donaldson created, Tyrannosaurus Drip (also a hilarious read).

The story follows the Troll, who is sick of having fish for dinner underneath his bridge, and so he decides to seek other nourishment.  However, this is not the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff that we know.  The creatures that manage to outwit the Troll are in fact a spider, a mouse and a rabbit.  A band of pirates come into the story as they are also sick of dining on fish and so Julia Donaldson has created two stories in one that intertwine, which I think is absolute genius.

Both children and parents will enjoy the story and I’m sure you’ll all end up on the floor in a fit of giggles.