A fun twist on an old fairytale called "The Troll with No Heart," The Heartless Troll is about a troll who's hidden his heart and the seventh son of a king who goes in search of his six brothers. The young man's journey brings him to a mountain, a captive princess, and a terrifying troll. The illustrations are by turns fanciful and lovely as well as dark and terrifying, but a continuous thread of good humor and playfulness runs thorugh the whole story.
Øyvind Torseter is a Norwegian artist, illustrator, comic book artist, and author. Torseter studied illustration at the Merkantilt Institutt in Oslo, the School for Graphic Design in Oslo, and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in England. In addition to his own books, Torseter has illustrated books by other authors, including My Father's Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde.
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Øyvind Torseter is a Norwegian artist, illustrator, comic book artist, and author. Torseter studied illustration at the Merkantilt Institutt in Oslo, the Skolen for Grafisk Design in Oslo, and the Kent Institute of Art and Design in England. In addition to his own books, books illustrated by Torseter include My Father’s Arms Are A Boat by Stein Erik Lunde. During his career, Torseter has emerged as one of Norway’s foremost illustrators.
Gr 4–7—Inspired by the Norwegian folktale "The Troll with No Heart in His Body," which will probably be unfamiliar to most U.S. readers, this graphic novel is the story of how a king's youngest son leaves home to attempt to rescue his brothers. Along the way he encounters different animals and tries to save a princess from a huge troll. Prince Fred keeps up his spirits and maintains his sense of humor throughout, and the narrative is fast-paced and fun. Cartoon sketches are mostly in black-and-white but also contain frequent splashes of color to add energy and action to the story. The book is oversize, which will appeal to readers who want to lose themselves in the illustrations but will make it more difficult to carry. The tale is filled with humor and adventure, and readers will enjoy Prince Fred's witty banter with his reluctant horse, the hungry wolf, the spirited princess, and the evil troll. VERDICT A cute and charming option for fans of fairy tales.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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