Reviews for Trollerella


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Trollerella, a troll, finds an invitation to the royal ball. With help from the tooth fairy, she appears beautiful to everyone who sees her there, including Prince Charming. Through a glass slipper mix-up, Trollerella and her prince live happily ever after. Although some of the jokes are more for adults, kids will be drawn in by the humorous cartoonish illustrations. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2006 August #2
A troll's entrance into the Cinderella story falls rather flat in this latest fairy tale remake. Trollerella longs to be beautiful, and serendipitously gets her wish for one night, courtesy of the tooth fairy that inhabits the nearby well. At the royal ball, Trollerella dances with the prince, but exits (as Cinderella enters) when her manners prove less polished than her appearance. Both lose a glass slipper, but it's Trollerella's that's found by the prince. Lacking the magic to make Trollerella seem beautiful forever, the tooth fairy casts a love spell on the prince and they live happily ever after. The tooth fairy's corny mannerisms, bad puns and dental asides may amuse adult readers, but will lose the attention of most youngsters. Long's brightly colored cartoon illustrations aptly portray the dichotomy between the ugly trolls and the snooty humans. Not the best of the myriad fractured Cinderella tales, but this may find a home with tooth fairy or troll fans. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Library Media Connection - February 2007
Trollerella will appeal to media specialists who are looking for another fractured fairy tale to add to their collection. Trollerella, a troll living under the castle bridge, dreams of being beautiful, to no avail. This tale is a take-off on Cinderella. The tooth fairy plays the role of the fairy godmother, and in the end the shoe fits Trollerella. The prince and Trollerella live happily ever after because the tooth fairy casts spells to make the prince think Trollerella is beautiful. The illustrations are big, bold, and are created with a caricature style. The story is a bit choppy. Primary students who know the story of Cinderella, The Three Billy-Goats Gruff and the tooth fairy will enjoy it. Additional Selection. Ruie Chehak, Library Media Specialist, Sallie Jones Elementary School, Punta Gorda, Florida © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Review 2006 September

Gr 2-4 This retelling of “Cinderella” butchers the integrity of the original. Trolls Trollerella and her brother Victroll live under a castle bridge. He’s proud of his ugliness, but she longs to be beautiful. One day, she finds an invitation to Prince Charming’s ball, but she accidentally drops it down a well, where it is retrieved by the tooth fairy. Made to seem beautiful for one night by the fairy’s spell, Trollerella dances with the prince, then panics and runs away just as another girl arrives by pumpkin carriage. Both ladies lose glass slippers, but the Prince finds Trollerella’s and she claims her place as his bride. Meanwhile, the real Cinderella heads for the city to start her own cleaning business. Blending folkloric elements from a variety of traditions, the author has created a mishmash of a story. The fairy’s obsession with good dental hygiene is annoying and misplaced, and Victroll is underutilized as a greedy sidekick. The computer-enhanced illustrations have garish colors and exaggerated cartoon characters.Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI

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