Stories Aloud
Publication date: 06 Jun 2013
ISBN: 9780857631633
Size: 290 x 230 mm
Length: 32 pages

Troll Swap

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Timothy Limpet feels out of place in the troll family – he likes things to be just so, and most trolls, frankly, don’t. Tabitha Lumpit likes things to be loud, loopy and messy and she feels like a fish out of water in her very neat family. Sometimes they wonder if their families really see them for who they are, so when Timothy and Tabitha meet on the bridge they each decide the other’s family is a better fit and swap places . . . with hilarious and touching results. Based around the time-honoured theme of home is where the heart is, this warm and witty story is a celebration of the individual and offers a valuable lesson on not judging others.

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“A new book by Leigh Hodgkinson is always a treat. Her quirky illustrations, amazing colour palettes, her incomparable use of patterns and collage and ingenious use of typography make her exuberant style one of the most original and recognisable in British children’s illustration today, and Troll Swap does not disappoint … Vibrant, a tiny bit crazy, and with a bit of slightly-naughty behaviour thrown in, Troll Swap is a fantastically fun read full of heart.”

“Funny and full of vim, the book has an exhilarating mix of childlike drawings, elegant design and jokes about burps.”

“This gorgeous picture book from Leigh Hodgkinson is bursting with colour, exuberance and fun. Hodgkinson’s distinctively bold, scribbly illustrations fill the rainbow-bright page spreads, peopled with all kinds of quirky characters. Blending humour with tenderness and warmth, this is a beautiful book about celebrating difference and accepting ourselves and others for who they are.”

– Booktrust

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