Hey there! So I am finally back on the blog after a little hiatus without any internet access for about a week-but never fear you can listen to my incoherent babbling consistantly once again! Anyway I just had to blog about one of my favorite books EVER as a child. It was simply titled “Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls” and it came out in 1977 by Random House. Let me tell you, as a kid you couldn’t pry this particular book out of my hands with a crowbar and a stick of dynamite!! Yeah the book is that cool! So first off any older dorks out there with kids need to hunt this down and read this book to your kids before bed. I am sure you can find it on ebay or I know for a fact they have a few copies for sale on Amazon.
Anyway I must say first off that this book has some of the coolest most beautiful artwork ever seen in a childrens book and some of the best images of trolls you are ever likely to see. The artist John O’brien beautifully illustrates this book with incredible detail. Everytime you look at a picture you’ll notice something new. Infact I love the art sooo much that I plan on getting a new tattoo based off of one of the images from this book. Second it has three stories retold byGeorge Jonsen that all involved, you guessed it Trolls and Monsters!! The first being the classic “Three Billy Goats Gruff”, the second a lesser know tale called “The Trolls and The Pussy Cat” and finally my personal fav “Stone Cheese”! All three stories involve outwitting trolls-how cool is that??
The book spans roughly 34 pages and even as an adult it’s still a fun read and if you’re a fan of trolls this the book for you! So next time your kid wants you to read him some lame Elmo story or whatever the kids are reading this day pick up a copy of Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls and get their imagination to work overtime!