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Monday 11 January 2016

Review: Troll Swap

Timothy Limpet is not your average troll. There's no scaring and nastiness from him. He's nice, tidy and polite. He has a lovely cave with no damp and no squelch and no dark. In fact, it's quite pretty.

The other trolls, of course, think Timothy is rubbish.

Meanwhile, somewhere else, lives Tabitha Lumpit. Tabitha is not nice, tidy and polite. Let's just say Tabitha would rather pick her nose than a flower.

Tabita's neat and tidy parents aren't happy.

And so, we have two charming creatures who are expected to be something they're not. By everyone else except them. You can foretell the unhappiness. Until - the two creatures meet ...

Tabitha introduces herself as a good little girl and Timothy introduces himself as a big, scary troll. But neither is fooling the other. Will swapping lives make for happier souls?

Well, what do you think?

This is a clever, funny, gorgeous story that kids will fall into and relate to in an instant. And what I love most about it is that it's okay to be part-way tidy and part-way messy ... part-way burpy and part-way polite.

Another brilliant production from Leigh Hodgkinson. Just loving her dreamy illustrations, combining quirky illustration with collage, delectable texture and fab typesetting. There's loads of action and colour and whimsy for kids to enjoy.

Title: Troll Swap
Author/Illustrator: Leigh Hodgkinson
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $22.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 June 2013
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780857631626
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book