Harrell, Rob, Life of Zarf: Trouble with Weasels. Pgs. 288. Penguin Group, 2014. $14.99. Language: G, Mature Content: PG, Violence: PG
Troll, Zarf is at the bottom of the school popularity system. The brunt of a lot of bullying, Zarf’s hot temper tends to get the better of him. When Zarf takes his anger out on Prince Roquefort, things only get worse when the prince father, King Cheznott, disappears. Thrown into jail for attacking the new “King” Roquefort, Zarf soon learns that Roquefort’s plans for trolls will be detrimental to his family as well as others like him. Determined to save the kingdom from Roquefort’s clutches, Zarf and his friends must find King Cheznott. Will Zarf escape from jail? Will he and his friends rescue King Cheznott? What really happened to the king?
The descriptions, humor, and character dynamics are engaging and draw the reader into Zarf’s world. The illustrations are detailed have a comic book feel to them. Both text and illustrations complement each other and create a well-rounded experience for middle grade readers. Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans who like a little fantasy adventure will enjoy reading this book. EL. ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Jessica Mood, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High.