Written by Janet Foxley
Illustrated by Steve Wells
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A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection.
A Lovereading4Kids 'Debut of the Year 2011' selection.
7+. Winner of The Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2010, Muncle Trogg is the charming upside down fairytale about a tiny giant who saves the day. It's a debut novel and the first in a series of adventures featuring Muncle, the smallest giant in the world.
An important message to readers from Amanda Craig, one of the judges of the above award:
'a classic story...its sense of humour, its sulky dragon Snarg and its child-friendly view of giants will have a worldwide appeal'.
A view from the Publisher, Barry Cunningham:
'As hard to find as giants' fingernails, Muncle Trogg is a rarity indeed, a fully grown novel for imaginative younger readers.'
The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition has been searching for the most talented, undiscovered writers of children’s fiction since 2008. Leading top authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michelle Paver have judged the competition alongside Chicken House publisher, Barry Cunningham. The first winner was Emily Diamand in 2008 with her novel, Flood Child. Sophia Bennett’s Threads won in 2009. Muncle Trogg has been a gigantic success - there's even a film from Sony Pictures Animation on its way. The winner of the 2011 competition, Kieran Larwood’s Freaks, will be released this April.
Also a Richard and Judy Children's Book Club selection 2011 - Fluent Readers
STOP PRESS: Exciting news for Muncle Trogg ! Sony Pictures Animation, based in Hollywood, has bought the film rights for the book. Jane Startz, executive producer for the movie, says: 'Muncle is a classic everyman. I like him better than Shrek.'
We can't wait for the second title in the series, Muncle Trogg and the Flying Donkey, which will be published in January 2012.
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Muncle Trogg by Janet Foxley
For anyone who loved Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. Giants live on top of Mount Grumble, hidden from humans below. But not all of them are big. Muncle Trogg is so small that he's laughed at by the others for being human-sized. Fed up, he decides to take a look at the 'Smallings' that he's meant to look like. But what he discovers is very surprising indeed...
“Janet Foxley’s Muncle Trogg, the deserved winner of The Times’ 2010 Children’s Fiction Competition, is also recommended. Its story of an undersized giant has a lot going for it, including ingenious black and white illustrations by Steve Wells.” - Independent on Sunday
‘…funny, enjoyably yucky and entertainingly illustrated.’ - The Times
‘…The novel is enormously satisfying, a hugely enjoyable romp, with some great characters (including a wonderfully badly behaved young dragon called Snarg) and lots that will have children laughing out loud. The book’s design, all smudged pages and knowingly annotated sketches, adds even more to its appeal…’ - Andrea Reece, Books for Keeps
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Chicken House Ltd
3rd February 2011
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