The Ogre of Oglefort
book | Fiction | 2010
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, 2010
When a Hag, an orphan boy and a troll called Ulf are sent to rescue a princess from an ogre, they expect it to be a fairly standard magical mission. But the ogre is depressed, the princess doesn't want to be rescued - and the ogre's dead wife is turning in her grave. The Norns who rule their fates decide to take things in hand - will the Ogre meet a bloody end, or will there be a happy ending?
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If I had to choose one author to make children love books it would be Eva Ibbotson.Nicolette Jones
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/books/fiction/article1465351.ece Full Review
The Sunday Times Full Review
Ibbotson is an exceptionally adept writer and this gleeful story is pitch perfect, right down to its resoundingly satisfying ending.
The Observer Full Review
The best Ibbotson I've read so far. She put everything in her heart into this one, and it works magically.
Beneath Ms. Ibbotson's humor there is an undertow of gentle melancholy: Almost all her characters here suffer initially from the weight of others' expectations, but of course that only makes their happiness the more radiant when, by story's end, each has found his own bliss.
Ibbotson turns stereotypical portrayals of fairy tale figures on their head in this hilarious account of a princess's rescue... Fans of the author, who died in 2010, will find a gratifying mix of fresh material and traditional Ibbotson goodies: plenty of humorous twists, clever dialogue, an all's well that ends well conclusion, and, of course, cameo appearances by ghosts.