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Seven Ways to Trick a Troll

Seven Ways to Trick a Troll


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Trolls! They are huge and ugly and very, very dangerous. But luckily, their brains are no bigger than a walnut, so even small children can trick them. First, though, you need to know their weaknesses—and that’s where these stories come in. It is helpful to know what a little girl can do when she finds out that trolls hate loud noises. Or how two brothers might make an entire family of horrible trolls burst and turn to stone. Or what a clever little gnome boy does when he discovers that trolls are ever so easily distracted. Helpful, but also great fun, and it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of all the tricks children already know when it comes to overcoming trolls—or other fearsome beings and things. 

Patience, kindness, courage, and quick thinking—what works against trolls are the best things about being human. Taken from a wide range of historical and international sources, Seven Ways to Trick a Troll will delight and entertain imaginations of all ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816699773
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 999,387
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lise Lunge-Larsen has received many awards for her books, including a USA Today’s “Best Illustrated Book,” numerous ALA Notable awards, American Folklore Society awards, the Horn Book Award, and three Minnesota Book Awards. She is author of The Troll with No Heart in His Body (Minnesota, 2013) and most recently Gifts from the Gods. She lives in Duluth, where trolls can still be found if you really look for them. 

Kari Vick has been affiliated with Sivertson Gallery of Grand Marais, Minnesota, for more than thirty years. She has explored the traditional stories of Native American, Canadian Inuit, Northwest Coast, and Alaskan Iñupiat and Yupik cultures. She lives with her family along the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior in Lutsen, Minnesota, where she continues to search for trolls.

Table of Contents



Little Goose

The Ashlad Who Stole the Troll’s Treasures

The Hen Is Tripping in the Mountain

The Boys Who Met Trolls in the Woods

A Narrow Escape

The Troll Who Played Hide-and-Go-Seek

Tor Out-Skis the Trolls

How to Spot a Troll


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