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The Odious Ogre PDF, ePub eBook The author and the illustrator of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH--together again! This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless. He terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the The author and the illustrator of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH--together again! This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless. He terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the hapless citizens. Nothing can stop him. But then he takes a wrong turn and encounters a kind and friendly young lady who does her best to help him--with a surprising result.

30 review for The Odious Ogre

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    I’ve been very excited about this book. The Phantom Tollbooth has always been one of my very favorite books, ever since it was first published; I still have my original edition from 1961, from nearly a half century ago. I was not at all expecting this book to be its equal. Not even close. And it isn’t. But I did like it. I’d say 3-1/2 stars. It was hard for me to decide whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. I think it was the humor, the illustrations, and the fun with words that tipped it up to 4 I’ve been very excited about this book. The Phantom Tollbooth has always been one of my very favorite books, ever since it was first published; I still have my original edition from 1961, from nearly a half century ago. I was not at all expecting this book to be its equal. Not even close. And it isn’t. But I did like it. I’d say 3-1/2 stars. It was hard for me to decide whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. I think it was the humor, the illustrations, and the fun with words that tipped it up to 4 stars. If I’d been doing a side-by-side comparison with The Phantom Tollbooth (not at all fair since one is a novel and one is a picture book) it would have barely ranked a 3. I advise not to think about the novel when reading this as doing so will likely make this book be a disappointment. The parts I loved that reminded me a bit of the 1961 novel were Norton Juster's use of a bunch of synonyms to say what one word could have said, but not as cleverly or in as amusing a way. Jules Feiffer's full color illustrations are different from what I’m used to from him, but I enjoyed them very much. The story of a feared ogre, quite the bully, and of a single young woman who is not afraid of him, and its message, was entertaining enough, but I didn’t find it incredibly special. In fairness, I don’t think I was in the mood for a fairy tale, but when the book was waiting for me today at the library I couldn’t resist reading it immediately. I was surprised by the ending. I kind of hated it and kind of loved it. This story could be a fine book for using to discuss bullying, and group psychology too.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This is the story of an odious ogre, whose reputation always precedes him and whose job of pillaging and plundering villages and munching up tasty villagers is always easy since most nearly die of fright before he even does anything. But, one day, he meets a sweet maiden in a village--one that has never heard of him before. And, since she doesn't *know* he is the odious ogre, she doesn't treat him like one. She treats him quite nicely, in fact. With very surprising consequences! This This is the story of an odious ogre, whose reputation always precedes him and whose job of pillaging and plundering villages and munching up tasty villagers is always easy since most nearly die of fright before he even does anything. But, one day, he meets a sweet maiden in a village--one that has never heard of him before. And, since she doesn't *know* he is the odious ogre, she doesn't treat him like one. She treats him quite nicely, in fact. With very surprising consequences! This was a hard one for me to review. On the one hand, I could appreciate the talent of both the author and illustrator. But, I'm not sure the style of illustrations was really my cup of tea. Also, I thought the use of language was wonderful but I wonder if some children would find the story a little long or cumbersome (there are lots of big words); not that children should be forced to a one-syllable vocabulary in their books (heaven forbid!) but I do think those not interested in asking about the definition of words would be a little lost here. Finally, I was a little puzzled over the ending. I can understand the moral (or, perhaps, morals) of the story on the one hand, and yet I'm not sure it was told in the kindest or most satisfying of ways. So, definitely some pros and cons for me and thus three stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dov Zeller

    This is a fun, funny book about a giant bully who is so used to intimidating people with ease, he kind of self-destructs when someone offers him tea and a muffin instead of hiding or fainting. (I wonder if anyone has tried that tactic with the ogre-in-chief?) This book is kind of quick and silly (doesn't go too deep into the characters and their motivations, etc.) but it's enjoyable, with a lot of fun word-play, especially in he beginning. And it seems timing-appropriate somehow given all of the This is a fun, funny book about a giant bully who is so used to intimidating people with ease, he kind of self-destructs when someone offers him tea and a muffin instead of hiding or fainting. (I wonder if anyone has tried that tactic with the ogre-in-chief?) This book is kind of quick and silly (doesn't go too deep into the characters and their motivations, etc.) but it's enjoyable, with a lot of fun word-play, especially in he beginning. And it seems timing-appropriate somehow given all of the political bullying that, as far as I can tell, has only just begun with the current regime. My six-year-old neighbor brought it with her so we could read it together and we wrote an after reading it, we wrote ogre book together (in which the ogre sits down to eat a muffins with a toad in it. Which makes the ogre happy. But then the toad hops out of his muffin, which makes him a bit miserable.) I recommend this to anyone who wants to giggle and see a giant ogre meet his match in a muffin-weilding gardener. Great to have a female protagonist, too.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    When I found out Norton Juster, author, and Jules Pfeiffer, illustrator, were back together again for a new children's book, I was thrilled. Their masterly collaboration, 1961's The Phantom Tollbooth, has stayed with me for years, and I recommend it to everyone I know who either knows the secret of looking at the world with magic, or needs to learn it. 49 years after The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster & Pfeiffer's The Odious Ogre brings Juster's mastery of descriptive English and Pfeiffer's lyrical, energized When I found out Norton Juster, author, and Jules Pfeiffer, illustrator, were back together again for a new children's book, I was thrilled. Their masterly collaboration, 1961's The Phantom Tollbooth, has stayed with me for years, and I recommend it to everyone I know who either knows the secret of looking at the world with magic, or needs to learn it. 49 years after The Phantom Tollbooth, Juster & Pfeiffer's The Odious Ogre brings Juster's mastery of descriptive English and Pfeiffer's lyrical, energized illustrations to a slightly younger crowd -- the book is recommended for ages 4 to 8 to Tollbooth's 9 to 12, but would be a fun read-aloud book for parents and younger, pre-school aged children. There are a lot of active, descriptive words that can be acted out. The short story focuses on an odious ogre terrifying the countryside and the nice forest maiden whom he meets one day. I feel personally that the story is too short and too simple, given that I know what Juster is capable of in his prose, but I must stay aware that this story is meant for very very young children, and in that light is fun and pitch-perfect. It is charmant, but it will always be an age-appropriate introduction to Tollbooth, which I still consider the best example of YA literature in the 20th century.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Liza Fireman

    A story about an Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless, and has a pretty impressive vocabulary too. The fun synonyms and beautiful language is part of what you get reading Norton Juster. The giant is scary, and doesn't need to do much to make everybody shutter, so usually his life are easy. But one day he does to a new place, a bit far away, where his reputation did not proceed him. And there's a sweet sweet kind lad A story about an Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless, and has a pretty impressive vocabulary too. The fun synonyms and beautiful language is part of what you get reading Norton Juster. The giant is scary, and doesn't need to do much to make everybody shutter, so usually his life are easy. But one day he does to a new place, a bit far away, where his reputation did not proceed him. And there's a sweet sweet kind lady, that offers him sweet tea. She does not look afraid, or even impressed, with his size, his scary voice, his show off and the fits he throws. He is pretty confused with her reaction, and she with his. It's almost like a duel between fear and kindness. Who will win? And how this situation is going to end? Very cute book, and super nice illustrations. 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    An "extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless" ogre is about to meet his match. A comical twist of a story! Ages: 4 - 8 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before read An "extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless" ogre is about to meet his match. A comical twist of a story! Ages: 4 - 8 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah BT

    If you're a fan of Norton Juster (The Phantom Toolbooth) and wry humor, you will enjoy this book. The book reads like a fable or fairy tale and it makes a great picture book for older readers. (The ogre does eat people, so if you have sensitive readers, this might not be the book for them.) The narration is hilarious. The ogre has a large vocabulary "due mainly to having inadvertently swallowed a large dictionary while consuming the head librarian in one of the nearby towns." The ogre's encounte If you're a fan of Norton Juster (The Phantom Toolbooth) and wry humor, you will enjoy this book. The book reads like a fable or fairy tale and it makes a great picture book for older readers. (The ogre does eat people, so if you have sensitive readers, this might not be the book for them.) The narration is hilarious. The ogre has a large vocabulary "due mainly to having inadvertently swallowed a large dictionary while consuming the head librarian in one of the nearby towns." The ogre's encounter with the young girl is very funny and I think young readers will get a kick out of her nonchalance over having a terrifying ogre visit her garden. At first I didn't like the illustrations, but the more I look at the book, the more I like them. There are two different styles used-one for the ogre and one for the townspeople. It's somewhat subtle but it does make the ogre stand apart. There are also great expressions on the ogre's face and the two page spread showing the ogre trying to scare the young girl did make me laugh out loud. The Odious Ogre would be a great read for someone looking for a humorous picture book to read to 3rd-5th graders as I think they would appreciate the humor and the moral of the story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abeer Hoque

    Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, the author and illustrator of the fantastic children's book classic "The Phantom Tollbooth" have teamed up once again, 50 years later, for "The Odious Ogre." It's about an "invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, insurmountable" ogre - who once swallowed a dictionary, accounting for his awesome vocabulary - and what happens when he meets a kind young girl in the woods. The large full colour illustrations are gorgeous - playful, lush, sly - perfectl Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer, the author and illustrator of the fantastic children's book classic "The Phantom Tollbooth" have teamed up once again, 50 years later, for "The Odious Ogre." It's about an "invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, insurmountable" ogre - who once swallowed a dictionary, accounting for his awesome vocabulary - and what happens when he meets a kind young girl in the woods. The large full colour illustrations are gorgeous - playful, lush, sly - perfectly matching the story. I highly recommend it for younger kids (I'd say 3 and up).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marcie

    Norton Juster's language is wonderful in this humorous read-aloud. I just read it to Don and he laughed out loud 4 times. What a wonderful story for exposing kids to rich language. Upon finishing the first read I thought that even if the kids don't know the vocabulary they will get the story from just the illustrations. The humor is sophisticated enough to please their parents, but I think the kids will laugh as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I expected more, considering the author and illustrator. I also didn't realize this was a picture book and was expecting a chapter book like the phantom tollbooth. This was too obviously moralistic and unrealistic for my taste (kindness will win out). The illustrations were delightful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    The Odious Ogre is an amusing play on manners, responsibility and courage. The titular beast is a powerful creature, but a lazy one. His easy victories cause him to believe his mighty voice, warrior face and ill temper will be enough to cow his prey. But he’s met his match when one nameless girl lays the full force of her sweet personality on him. This picture book features the familiar drawings of Jules Feiffer; they tend towards bold outlines rather than nuanced drawings. But his is a w The Odious Ogre is an amusing play on manners, responsibility and courage. The titular beast is a powerful creature, but a lazy one. His easy victories cause him to believe his mighty voice, warrior face and ill temper will be enough to cow his prey. But he’s met his match when one nameless girl lays the full force of her sweet personality on him. This picture book features the familiar drawings of Jules Feiffer; they tend towards bold outlines rather than nuanced drawings. But his is a well-known style. The moment you see it, you just know: that’s Feiffer. But it’s the story itself that mildly tickles the funnybone. It serves in both silly and serious fashion. The terrible ogre is a figure of fun, a strawman who is literally and figuratively cut down to size by the one person who refuses to be cowed by him. It also brings home the subtle message of never losing your manners or your temper. It’s a cute yet object lesson of how good manners, kindness and graciousness can win the day when brute force fails.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nam

    Pretty funny with a decent message.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    This is a picture book not a novel like Phantom Tollbooth but I didn't adjust my expectations accordingly

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This one is just kind of silly and funny, but the illustrations are what really make it. Would be fun to read with kids and have them act out the part of the ogre.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Davidson

    An ugly ogre terrorized villages and ate villagers and no one knew what to do about him. One day he happens upon a very nice young woman who didn't know his reputation.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    Cute book about a bad ogre who scares the villagers and eats them. Then one day he meets a girl and her kindness is his undoing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Richard WSUV

    Published in 2010, this book would be great for students learning to write. They could use it as a fun mentor text to build writing motivation and stamina.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Judy Desetti

    I don't know it lacked something for me. Illustrations are good. From Library Media Library Media Connection (January/February 2011) The villagers are terrified, frightened, and petrified of the odious ogre and his ravaging rampages. He has the run of the countryside, and all of the villagers are his smorgasbord. He also possesses an extensive vocabulary thanks to his partaking of a librarian and her dictionary. He meets his match in a beautiful young girl who is so kind and swee I don't know it lacked something for me. Illustrations are good. From Library Media Library Media Connection (January/February 2011) The villagers are terrified, frightened, and petrified of the odious ogre and his ravaging rampages. He has the run of the countryside, and all of the villagers are his smorgasbord. He also possesses an extensive vocabulary thanks to his partaking of a librarian and her dictionary. He meets his match in a beautiful young girl who is so kind and sweet that the ogre is sure it is a trap. Shen offers him muffins and advice on how to clean himself up. She invites him to perform at the orphans' picnic. The ogre is so confused that he promptly drops dead. The girl killed him with kindness. Feiffer's characteristic drawings reveal the ogre's nastiness, from his discolored teeth to his beady eyes. Children will especially like the gruesome element of the ogre gobbling up the townspeople and squashing them in his massive hands. The story is full of large, huge, gigantic, and enormous synonyms. These words may be unfamiliar to some children but their meaning can easily be discerned from the rest of the text. This is a whimsical tale that is sure to provide for a lively storytime. Recommended. Kathleen Cool, Elementary Librarian, Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, Front Royal, Virginia The SLJ review was good also but did not allow for redistribution.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Eva Leger

    3.5 - Julia and I both really liked this ogre story. It starts out about the same as most ogre stories and what any reader would expect but soon goes into more detail about the ogre which is fairly rare from what we've read. The ogre considers himself many things, invulnerable, impregnable, and many other words that readers will hear for the first time. The ogre does have a taste for the local population so parents and adult readers may want to be careful with very young kids and/or really 3.5 - Julia and I both really liked this ogre story. It starts out about the same as most ogre stories and what any reader would expect but soon goes into more detail about the ogre which is fairly rare from what we've read. The ogre considers himself many things, invulnerable, impregnable, and many other words that readers will hear for the first time. The ogre does have a taste for the local population so parents and adult readers may want to be careful with very young kids and/or really sensitive kids. It sounds strange I guess but this is portrayed in an amusing way and even though Julia is pretty sensitive, she thought it was funny here. So besides a chuckle she wasn't affected a bit. One afternoon, while looking for his next snack, he meets a young girl. Now, here is where it gets somewhat confusing. The ogre starts to try to frighten this young girl who is outside in her garden and she's either deaf or just ignoring him. I'd have liked it better if neither of these scenarios were in the story, and instead she saw him immediately (I mean, he is a giant ogre) and began to treat him as if he were any other towns-person. It would have made more sense in my opinion. The girl continues what she's doing and throws out a few compliments the ogre. The story ends in a way that neither of us expected and there's a nice little lesson there at the end. The illustrations are nice, especially the two page spread with no text, which is extra funny.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    More than fifty years after The Phantom Tollbooth was first published, author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer were still working together to produce new literature, and The Odious Ogre is one of the books that came from their continued collaboration. Featuring some of the same type of clever wordplay evident throughout The Phantom Tollbooth, The Odious Ogre is fun and entertaining, and the pictures and text fit together well. The story is that of a terrible ogre who causes vast destruction everywh More than fifty years after The Phantom Tollbooth was first published, author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer were still working together to produce new literature, and The Odious Ogre is one of the books that came from their continued collaboration. Featuring some of the same type of clever wordplay evident throughout The Phantom Tollbooth, The Odious Ogre is fun and entertaining, and the pictures and text fit together well. The story is that of a terrible ogre who causes vast destruction everywhere he goes, victimizing both people and their property. The ogre is supremely satisfied with the results of his wanton marauding, and reasons that no mere human could ever stand up against his relentless strength. However, it turns out that his self-confidence is much more brittle than he knew; all it takes to put the ogre back on his heels is for one brave girl to stand up against him and not recoil from his terrifying façade, a girl who understands that even the most frightening bully is still just a bully. The message behind this story, that one cannot defeat one's foes without mustering the courage to stand up to them, is nicely conveyed, and I enjoyed the cleverness of Norton Juster's writing. All in all, I would likely give one and a half stars to The Odious Ogre.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Love it! A picture book for older readers. Juster has loads of fun with big words like invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, etc. Lots of text,(suitable for ages 8-12), and a moral, or lesson to boot. An odious ogre terrorizes the countryside. All men fear him, as he puts on quite a horrific display and eats everyone in sight. He wanders deep into the woods and encounters a peasant maiden. Not knowing the reputation of the terrible ogre, but quickly assessing the ogre for what h Love it! A picture book for older readers. Juster has loads of fun with big words like invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, etc. Lots of text,(suitable for ages 8-12), and a moral, or lesson to boot. An odious ogre terrorizes the countryside. All men fear him, as he puts on quite a horrific display and eats everyone in sight. He wanders deep into the woods and encounters a peasant maiden. Not knowing the reputation of the terrible ogre, but quickly assessing the ogre for what he is, the maiden is unfazed by the ogre's scare tactics. She then kills him with kindness, generosity and understanding, as that destroys the ogre's "raison d'etre". Most of the villagers couldn't even fathom how she did it, and were less than willing to give her full credit. The maiden was so virtuous that she did not even know what the fuss was about. She fully understood, though, that what goes around, comes around. Younger readers may enjoy the story, but adults may have to abridge the read-aloud. The illustrations are enticing, and young kids find themselves wanting to turn the page ahead of when the page's extensive and witty dialogue is finished.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Standley

    *Genre: Picture Book-Free choice Awards: None Audience: 3rd-5th Grade A.) This book fits in this category because it is full if childlike illustrations and lessons to be had. B.) The illustrator heavily uses size and perspective when it comes to comparing the ogre to other characters in the story. The ogre is always semi filling the page, but never really in full view unless the illustrator condenses his size. This puts him into an extremely large scale. C.) I would use *Genre: Picture Book-Free choice Awards: None Audience: 3rd-5th Grade A.) This book fits in this category because it is full if childlike illustrations and lessons to be had. B.) The illustrator heavily uses size and perspective when it comes to comparing the ogre to other characters in the story. The ogre is always semi filling the page, but never really in full view unless the illustrator condenses his size. This puts him into an extremely large scale. C.) I would use this in both a one on one and group setting. There is a very important message in this book, to never get too arrogant or too big for your own britches, because it will end up being your downfall. This book would be great to teach children this lesson through simple illustrations and passages. D.) What did the girl constantly offer the ogre? A Muffin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was pretty entertaining in the very beginning. I really liked the verbiage and definitely thought children would eagerly snatch up the foreign words. But after the ogre met the girl, it seemed like that part of the story was taking too long. I was a little exasperated that he kept going on and on about himself. The ending was nice (for most people) but a little anti-climatic and a bit of a letdown. It was different than what I wanted to happen. The last page also confused me for a mome This book was pretty entertaining in the very beginning. I really liked the verbiage and definitely thought children would eagerly snatch up the foreign words. But after the ogre met the girl, it seemed like that part of the story was taking too long. I was a little exasperated that he kept going on and on about himself. The ending was nice (for most people) but a little anti-climatic and a bit of a letdown. It was different than what I wanted to happen. The last page also confused me for a moment and I had to re-read the phrase before I made sense of it. But that might have just been me and the effects of a long day. I probably wouldn't recommend though. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2012...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Just read this to SK as their Mystery Reader for the day. Their teacher definitely enjoyed it a little more than the kids; it's got a lot of adult humor in it, but that also made it fun for the kids because they gleaned meaning for some of the complicated words from my tone or expression (or of course, the illustrations). I was a little nervous about the harsh ending of the story, but it really spurred a great conversation about reputation, being nice and how sometimes being mean can cause reall Just read this to SK as their Mystery Reader for the day. Their teacher definitely enjoyed it a little more than the kids; it's got a lot of adult humor in it, but that also made it fun for the kids because they gleaned meaning for some of the complicated words from my tone or expression (or of course, the illustrations). I was a little nervous about the harsh ending of the story, but it really spurred a great conversation about reputation, being nice and how sometimes being mean can cause really bad things to happen. The kids also talked a lot about how much they love coming to the library and how glad they were that I was able to come read to them. Entering a classroom to a full-on loud cheer coming from 24 kids is a pretty darn great feeling.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    What a lot of fun this one was...the words are amazing...stupendous...massive. The story is a delight. The odious ogre scares everyone...he takes handsfull of towns people for a snack, like the Cyclops. He has no conscience and loves to frighten others. He has an exceedingly large vocabulary because of eating the dictionary an unfortunate librarian was holding as he gobbled her...he uses his odiousness and his size and his voice to intimidate everyone....well, not everyone. The words What a lot of fun this one was...the words are amazing...stupendous...massive. The story is a delight. The odious ogre scares everyone...he takes handsfull of towns people for a snack, like the Cyclops. He has no conscience and loves to frighten others. He has an exceedingly large vocabulary because of eating the dictionary an unfortunate librarian was holding as he gobbled her...he uses his odiousness and his size and his voice to intimidate everyone....well, not everyone. The words by Juster and the pictures -- full color paintings -- I believe, work together to create a little masterpiece. I would love to use this book in a lesson on modifiers...adjectives and adverbs fly off the pages

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a strange story about an ogre who is beaten by the kindness, generosity, and understanding of a young girl. The ogre is frightening and odious indeed, but the young girl's good and sweet character overcomes his ugly and fearsome one. We enjoyed reading this story together at bedtime. The vocabulary is quite advanced for young children and I found myself explaining several of the words. It's interesting and enlightening to see the mix of descriptive words, but can be disruptive to explain This is a strange story about an ogre who is beaten by the kindness, generosity, and understanding of a young girl. The ogre is frightening and odious indeed, but the young girl's good and sweet character overcomes his ugly and fearsome one. We enjoyed reading this story together at bedtime. The vocabulary is quite advanced for young children and I found myself explaining several of the words. It's interesting and enlightening to see the mix of descriptive words, but can be disruptive to explain them when reading this book aloud.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Souther

    There once was an ogre with such a fearsome reputation that no one bothered to resist him. When they heard he was in the neighborhood, people stuffed their ears with stale cake, blindfolded themselves, and hid under the table, a buffet for the ogre. Then he meets a girl with excellent manners who doesn't undersand what the fuss is all about. Feiffer's light, doodle-y illustrations keep the odiousness from becoming too scary. This book is a little long for the younger set, but they'll enjoy the s There once was an ogre with such a fearsome reputation that no one bothered to resist him. When they heard he was in the neighborhood, people stuffed their ears with stale cake, blindfolded themselves, and hid under the table, a buffet for the ogre. Then he meets a girl with excellent manners who doesn't undersand what the fuss is all about. Feiffer's light, doodle-y illustrations keep the odiousness from becoming too scary. This book is a little long for the younger set, but they'll enjoy the stomping around. PreK-2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    An odious ogre who has terrorized a neighborhood for years meets his match in a young girl who literally kills him with kindness. Her deliberate misinterpretation of his actions and unfailing politeness prove his undoing. Nice use of language in this one: as in describing the ogre "He was, it was widely believed, extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless." And in his own mind, he is "invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable An odious ogre who has terrorized a neighborhood for years meets his match in a young girl who literally kills him with kindness. Her deliberate misinterpretation of his actions and unfailing politeness prove his undoing. Nice use of language in this one: as in describing the ogre "He was, it was widely believed, extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless." And in his own mind, he is "invulnerable, impregnable, insuperable, indefatigable, insurmountable."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer of the Phantom Tollbooth teamed up again! I checked this book out for my five-year-old son. I liked this new book, but I did not love, love, LOVE it like I do the Phantom Tollbooth. There is some of Juster's intriguing and wry humor present, and even a little (but not nearly enough) wordplay. The story itself is even quite good, but... it is no Phantom Tollbooth. The illustrations, also, are very good, but without all the wordplay and puns in the text, it is hard Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer of the Phantom Tollbooth teamed up again! I checked this book out for my five-year-old son. I liked this new book, but I did not love, love, LOVE it like I do the Phantom Tollbooth. There is some of Juster's intriguing and wry humor present, and even a little (but not nearly enough) wordplay. The story itself is even quite good, but... it is no Phantom Tollbooth. The illustrations, also, are very good, but without all the wordplay and puns in the text, it is hard to make the illustrations more than very good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A unique and entertaining take on "kill them with kindness". As we expect from Julius Norton, there is a lot of vocabulary and humor in this story about an ogre who generally scares (and eats) everyone in his path, and the young girl who, unintentionally, kills the ogre by being kind to him (he cannot wrap his brain around this). It would be lots of fun for a class visit, or an older preschool group.

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