Stower, Adam Troll and the Oliver, 40 pgs. Candlewick Press, 2014. PICTURE BOOK. Language: G (no swears, no “F’s”); Mature content: G; Violence: G.
Troll and Oliver are in a constant battle. Troll wants desperately to eat Oliver. Oliver is an expert at escaping Troll’s hungry jaws. One day, Oliver is surprised to find Troll isn’t hiding out waiting to eat him in any of his usual spots. Oliver returns home and after letting his guard down and starting a batch of cookies, he realizes why Troll isn’t chasing him. He’s finally won the battle! He is so excited until Troll jumps out of a nearby cabinet, and eats him. Troll is extremely proud of himself, because he has won the battle, until he realizes Olivers taste disgusting. He spits Oliver out and they do some baking together. At the end of the story, Troll realized the whole time he didn’t want to eat Oliver and he really likes to eat cake.
The pictures in this book are hilarious and help the humor of the story come to life. Troll and the Oliver is a true gem and delightful from the first page to the last.
Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: JL