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Nobody goes to Troll Wood. When one family decide to visit the dark and deserted Troll Wood, are they are stepping into danger? Is anyone watching? Why is it called Troll Wood? And will you go with them?
This beautifully illustrated picture book is written by Kathryn Cave, author of ‘Something Else’ by, and is all about the unknown not being as scary as you might think.
You can win a copy of Troll Wood by telling us what your monster would look like. To enter, leave a comment at the end.
The family knows that no-one goes to Troll Wood; that the paths are lost and that no-one eats the fruit, heavy on the trees. But they go anyway and explore, and enjoy its beauty and peace. They are unaware of the trolls watching them. They find the wild things (little rabbit like animals) and feed them and stroke them even though no-one else would. . When night falls, they stay in the wood with the trolls watching them still. And in the morning they find the house in Troll Wood where no-one lives. They decide to stay and fix the house, with the trolls smiling in the background.
There are lots of questions in this book? Have you spotted the trolls? Have the family noticed the trolls? Would they be scared if they did? Have the trolls been waiting for someone to come along and live in the house?
The five year old enjoyed this book. The rich illustrations invite a careful look and the five year old was good at pointing out the trolls and monsters peering through trees. He thought the trolls looked friendly, and that he’d like to live in the house in Troll Wood.
I thought the book had a gentle, interesting feel: The drawings are subtle – nothing is very scary or menacing, but if you look carefully, the tree trunks could be fingers, or the troll’s beard could be a waterfall. The message is subtle too. It becomes clear that the family is searching for a home, and finds one in a place that everyone else is scared of. Trolls Wood can also be simply enjoyed by children who will look out for trolls and discover they’re not all ogres.
Kathryn Cave was awarded a UNESCO prize for Children’s’ Literature in the Service of Tolerance for Something Else
Troll Wood by Kathryn Cave and Paul Hess is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, March 2013.
You can win a copy of Troll Wood by telling us what your monster would look like. Leave your answer in the comment box below. So we can notify the winner please confirm on our Facebook page that you have entered. This competition is open to the US and UK.