Trolls are scary and dangerous, but they do have weaknesses. Even a child can outwit them if he knows how. Loud noises, anger and sunlight are among the “weapons” that can be used to defeat these monsters.
For children who want to be prepared for encounter with a troll, Luisa Lunge-Larson’s collection of short stories is a must read. After an introduction about the origin of these mythological creatures, the author exposes each of the seven weaknesses of trolls with seven tales about children who used courage and ingenuity to trick a troll. Little Goose manages to recover the gold a troll stole from her fellow villagers; Guri steals back her family’s hen; Erik and Evan steal a three-headed troll’s eye and use it to turn the beast into stone.
Each suspenseful and humorous story is based on traditional Scandinavian folklore. Accompanied by Kari Vick’s colorful and imaginative illustrations, these tales will delight young fantasy lovers. This book would make a lovely addition to any child’s library.
Jennifer Minicus is a teacher living in Ridgewood, NJ.