The Troll by Julia Donaldson

The Troll

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by David Roberts

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A picture book for kids that love Adventure.

An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where he is meant to live. And the pirates are out to sea searching for treasure – which is what they are meant to do. But things get a bit muddled up when the troll goes off in search of a billy goat and accidentally finds the pirates’ treasure. How all gets successfully resolved is brilliantly told in words by Julia Donaldson and in pictures.

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The Troll by Julia Donaldson

The Troll longs for a goat - but has to make do with fish for supper instead. Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew are digging for treasure - but it seems they've sailed to the wrong island again.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

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32 pages


Julia Donaldson
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Macmillan Children's Books

Publication date

2nd July 2010




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